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Artprize: Juried Awards Shortlist Event

 

BY: SPARKLY STELLAFLY
PHOTOS: TERRY JOHNSTON

ArtPrize V started less than a week ago and already there have been almost 200,000 votes cast by the public. Amongst the thousands of visitors to downtown Grand Rapids there have been five art experts who are this year’s jurors for the Juried Awards. Last night those five jurors came together in front of a live studio audience for The Short List, which aired on WOOD TV Monday evening from the ArtPrize HUB in downtown Grand Rapids.

The five jurors came from throughout the United States, each judging a different category and awarding one of their top 5 an award of $20,000 on October 4 at the ArtPrize Awards Celebration.

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John Yau, editor of Hyperallergic Weekend, has been looking at the 2-D works, or as he put it, the art that is “flat and on a wall.” To him, the pieces that stand out are those that are, “unfamiliar in an interesting way.” His five selections were (venues in parentheses):

Tropical Migrants, by Alexis Rockman (Grand Rapids Art Museum)

Europa & the Flying Fish, Kyle Staver (Grand Rapids Brewing Company)

Three and Four: Red, Yellow, and Black, Peter Crow (Cathedral Square)

Series 28 Untitled #1, Mary Rousseaux (DeVos Place)

Rick Beerhorst Painting, Rick Beerhorst (DeVos Place)

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The 3-D pieces are being judged by Hesse McGraw from the San Francisco Art Institute. McGraw commented on how incredible ArtPrize is as he was, “walking through the city with thousands who are invested in art.” He stated that he wants to have his “brain broken a little bit” when he is looking at the pieces of art. His top five in the 3-D category are:

Watching, Daniel Arsham (Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park)

Ecosystem, Carlos Bunga (Site:Lab @ 54 Jefferson)

Through the Skies for You, Kevin Cooley/Phillip Andrew Lewis (Kendall College of Art and Design)

The world’s an untranslatable language II (for Charles Wright), Charles Matson Lumes (Kendall College of Art and Design)

The Unfounded Future of the Untitled, Julie Schenkelberg (Site:Lab @ 54 Jefferson)

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Rashida Bumbray from New York City has been looking at the entries for the Time and Performance Based category and she also commented how impressed she was by ArtPrize and how it was “really inspiring to see people of all ages, all walks of life engaging with art.” She described her top five pieces:

Angle of Repose, Dance in the Annex (Site:Lab @ 54 Jefferson)

Sonnet 27, Arthur Liou (Site:Lab @ 54 Jefferson)

The Last Post, Shahzia Sikander (Grand Rapids Art Museum)

Whispers of the Prairie, Deanna Morse (Grand Rapids Art Museum)

Facing Al Aqaba, Maurice Jacobsen (Ab-Nab-Awen Park)

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Executive Director and Curator at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in NYC, Eva Franch Gilabert, had the task of judging the Best Use of Urban Space category. She said she looks for pieces that “will transform the way we view cities.” Her top five included:

Egg Prize, David Kail (Van Andel Arena)

Facing Al Aqaba, Maurice Jacobsen (Ab-Nab-Awen Park)

united.states: an everyday people project, JD Urban (Calder Plaza)

Temporary’s Pursuit of Permanence, Hanson and Feinburg (Gillett Bridge)

I want to be different… (Ladder), Henry Brimmer (First Community Bank)

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The final category for the Juried ArtPrize is Most Outstanding Venue. Alice Gray Stites, chief curator of 21c museum has been looking over all of the venues and selected her top five:

Kendall College of Art and Design

Grand Rapids Art Museum

Site:Lab @ 54 Jefferson

Craft House

Auto Fixit Body Shop

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The jurors wrapped up the evening by discussing their process and how they all worked together throughout the last week. As they talked they discovered pieces and venues they had not visited and found that they all experienced the city in their own way. That is one of the great things about ArtPrize. Whether you travel from far away or even if you live here, during these 19 days we all experience Grand Rapids “in our own way.”

Happy ArtPrizing everyone!

You can download a map of all the pieces selected on Monday evening by going to woodtv.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ArtPrize Awards 2012

 

 

BY :: SPARKLY STELLAFLY
PHOTOGRAPHY :: TIM MOTLEY

VENUE :: Old GR Press Building/Loading Dock
DATE :: October 5, 2012

ArtPrize IV.

For the fourth year in a row, our city has become an art gallery.

For the fourth year in a row, hundreds of artists have come to Grand Rapids and put their work on display to be the topic of conversation for two and a half weeks.

And for the fourth year in a row, hundreds gathered for the ArtPrize Awards Event that took place on Friday night on the loading dock of the former Grand Rapids Press building, which had been transformed into a fantastic nightclub by Noddea Skidmore and her team. The event was graciously sponsored  by Stella Artois and Haworth. Volunteers served up cocktails and checked out the venue. Our favorite hometown food trucks, What the Truck and The Silver Spork dished up delicious small plates while friends celebrated the culmination of  17 fantastic days in our community.

While this may have seemed like a peculiar place to many, ArtPrize Marketing Director Todd Herring said it best when he commented, “the history of this building and the future of ArtPrize are all part of one red line. One story. About a community open to change.”

Herring played the role of Master of Ceremonies on Friday night. He was joined on stage throughout the evening by the Grand Rapids Ballet Company, performing David Parson’s The Envelope, which was the perfect choice as the audience waited to find out what was in “the envelope.” The winner of ArtPrize IV. The ballet entertained the audience with moments of laughter amidst the moments of anticipation.


The first awards to be given out were the juried awards. There were five this year, each with their own sponsor and expert juror.

Time/Performance Based Art, sponsored by ITC Holdings: Three Phases by Complex Movements, selected by Juror Cathy Edwards.

Urban Space Award, sponsored by Spectrum Health: Flight by Dale Rogers, selected by Juror Susan Szenasy

Three Dimensional Work, sponsored by Haworth: More or Less by ABCD 83, selected by Juror Lisa Freiman

Two-Dimensional Work, sponsored by Varnum: Habitat by Alois Kronschlaeger, selected by Juror Tyler Green

Outstanding Venue Award, sponsored by Grand Valley State University: Site Lab, selected by Juror Tom Eccles

Next up was Darren Kuipers, Interim Executive Director of ArtPrize, who took a moment to thank the artists, venues, sponsors, volunteers, and staff who all worked tirelessly these past few weeks (well, the ArtPrize crew works all year) to make this event possible. (If you are out during ArtPrize these last couple of days, and you see someone with a volunteer shirt or a staff badge, make sure you tell them how much you appreciate all of their efforts to make this event happen for our city. Without them, this would not be possible!)

Then, the man of the hour, Rick DeVos, appeared on stage. He elaborated on Herring’s remarks about our community being “open to change.” He said, “Grand Rapids is emerging as a remarkable place where wild ideas can find an audience.” This year, that audience was made up of an estimated 400,000 people of all ages and backgrounds.

DeVos spoke about the importance of trying new things in order to, “make better things and make things better.” One of the new things ArtPrize tried this year was the Juried Grand Prize. To present that award, David Rosen, President of Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University, joined DeVos on the stage.

Rosen told the audience that he came from Los Angeles to Grand Rapids, “not just for a job, but for life in a community filled with the traditions of art and design. A community driven by the engine of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship.” He spoke of the courage that ArtPrize celebrates—as well as the “capacity and accomplishments of those who create.”

He also made an announcement of their newly formed five-year partnership with ArtPrize. Kendall College has signed a commitment to be an Exhibition Center and Premier Leadership Sponsor and pledged to fund the $100,000 Juried Grand Prize Award for the next five years. He then announced this year’s Juried Grand Prize, Displacement, by Design 99.

Rick DeVos then announced another partnership, this one with Meijer Corporation, who has pledged $650,000 over the next five years to support the public vote. It is wonderful to see the community coming together to sustain ArtPrize, and maintain the momentum for the foreseeable future.

Finally, the moment we had all been waiting for. Third Place in the ArtPrize IV public vote was given to Frits Hoendervanger, for his piece, Rebirth of Spring. Second Place went to Martijn van Wagtendonk for Song of Lift. And the winner of ArtPrize IV was … Adonna Khare and her piece, Elephants. Khare was rendered speechless but for two words: Thank You. Her reaction was priceless.

After the awards, guests enjoyed a beautiful celebratory after party.

There you have it. ArtPrize IV is a wrap. As Rick DeVos said Friday night, “this does not happen anywhere else in the world and it’s really cool.”

Yes, Rick. And the city is truly grateful to you for your leadership and for sustaining the growth of ArtPrize over the last four years. Our team at Stellafly Social Media are honored to have been a part of this fourth year of ArtPrize.

Looking forward to ArtPrize V!