GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Ann Loveless earned $200,000 as the public vote Grand Prize winner of ArtPrize 2013 with her textile landscape art "Sleeping Bear Dune Lakeshore."
"I can't believe I'm first, but I'll take it," Loveless told 24 Hour News 8 just after her win. "This is going to follow me through to the rest of my career,"
After winning, Loveless thanked ArtPrize, its sponsors, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and its staff, and her ArtPrize host.
Loveless said the win was overwhelming and that reality may not set in for a few days.
She said she's going to use the money to raid Grand Rapids fabric stores because she has "a lot of more quilts to make," that she'll buy herself a new quilting machine and that she'll tuck some away for retirement. She said she may also take a ski trip.
Her entry had to be moved outside of the museum after it closed its doors due to the federal government shutdown.
She said she was near panic as the shutdown neared, afraid that if the piece moved, people wouldn't be able to find it during the final round of voting.
But she decided to just move outside, saying she was familiar with being outside during art fairs and that she had canopies to protect the art.
Though covered up Friday night to protect it from the elements, the piece was uncovered with Loveless's permission so the public could take a look at the winner.
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