GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - After 16 days of voting in the world's largest art competition, people were ready for the announcement of the ArtPrize 2013 winner Friday night.
Cheers and applause rang through Rosa Parks Circle as "Sleeping Bear Dune Lakeshore" by Ann Loveless was announced as the winner.
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"When you looked at the dune grass, just all the detail, all the fine intricacies of it. And we also live up that way, so the artist lives just a county above us so that was even better," said Vicki Sheffield, pleased with the winner.
But fellow ArtPrize-goer Johnnie Simmons was surprised at the announcement. Simmons was sure another entry would take the top spot.
"'UPLifting.' I thought that was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. I'm surprised it got third," said Simmons.
Kendall College of Art and Design professor Jon McDonald watched award show the 24 Hour News 8 studio at the Grand Rapids Art Museum.
He had predicted "Sleeping Bear Dune Lakeshore" would take the 5th spot.
"It's what the people wanted and I respect their votes and I think the public is wiser than people give them credit for. And they liked beauty and that's a beautiful piece," said McDonald.
When looking at ArtPrize as a whole, he has higher expectations for what he's seen. The renowned artist who has work is in famous places all over the world says he hopes to see more from artists in the future.
"Right now the artists, I think, are working for ArtPrize as opposed to as for themselves. And they're doing what the last person did and it's becoming redundant," he said.
ArtPrize has had a record-breaking number of votes this year at 446,850.
In front of a festive downtown crowd at Rosa Parks Circle.
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