ArtPrize Final 20: Where to find public’s picks

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The public’s favorites at ArtPrize 10 were revealed Sunday when the Final 20 were announced in a show at Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids.

The Final 20 consists of the public’s top five picks in the two-dimensional, three-dimensional, installation and time-based categories.

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This is the first ArtPrize for 11 of the Final 20 artists. Four are repeat finalists. Eight are from Michigan.

Category: Two-dimensional

“Michigan Effect” by Tom Gifford 

Location: Biggby Coffee, 146 Monroe Center NW Suite 155

“Jesus” by Mher Khachatryan

Location: Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, 303 Pearl St. NW

“Kings of Late Night (Medium: Duct Tape)” by Kerry Mott

Location: The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave. NW

“THE STRING PROJECT” by Chelsea Nix & Mariano Cortez

Location: DeVos Place Convention Center, 303 Monroe Ave. NW

“Mastermind America” by Alexi Torres 

Location: DeVos Place Convention Center, 303 Monroe Ave. NW

Category: Three-dimensional

Our Time In The Infinite by David Stricklen

Location: The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave. NW

Quantum Meditation by Julian Voss-Andreae

Location: Grand Rapids Public Museum, 272 Pearl St. NW

“The Phoenix” by Joe Butts

Location: Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, 187 Monroe Ave. NW

DARE TO DREAM BIG by Chris Navarro

Location: Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, 303 Pearl St. NW

Champions by James O’Neal

Location: J.W. Marriott Grand Rapids, 235 Louis St. NW

Category: Installation

Cacerolazo by Saskia Jorda

Location: Grand Rapids Art Museum, 101 Monroe Center

Sonder by Megan Constance Altieri

Location: Grand Rapids Public Museum, 272 Pearl St. NW

The World Beneath the City by Cracking Art (Kicco)

Location: Ah-Nab-Awen Park, 303 Pearl St. NW

Oscillation by Ryan Swanson

Location: Gillett Bridge, Interurban/Richard Gillette Bridge

Abiding In The Shadow by Jeff Best

Location: Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, 187 Monroe Ave. NW

Category: Time-based 

Transcendence by Chris Callor

Location: 111 Division S Studio D2D – The Harris Building, 111 Division S

Moving Experience by Robert Shangle

Location: Grand Rapids Police Department, 01 Monroe Center NW

Animal Land: ArtPrize 10 by Lauren Strohacker and Kendra Sollars

Location: Grand Rapids Art Museum, 101 Monroe Center

The Marvelous Musical Scientific Sight and Sound Machine by Jim Triezenberg

Location: First (Park) Congregational Church, 10 E. Park Place NE

“Monsters Go” by Aaron Zenz

Location: Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, 11 Sheldon Ave. NE

>>Complete coverage of ArtPrize

INDEPENDENT AWARDS

Several independent awards are also given out during ArtPrize each year. This year, the winners were announced with the Final 20 rather than at the finale awards show.

  • Best Feature Film: “Love, Gilda” by Jeff Feuerzeig, determined by public vote. Organized and sponsored by Studio C.
  • Best Short Film: “Starry Skies” by Sarah Schmidt, determined by public vote. Organized by Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts — Open Projector Night with presenting sponsor Michigan Film and Digital Media Office.
  • HopCat WYCE ArtPrize Song of the Year: “Shine” by Molly, determined by public vote. Organized by WYCE with presenting sponsor HopCat.
  • Youth Collaboration Award: “More Than Words” by Zeeland Public Schools: Adams Elementary at Courtyard Marriott Downtown, determined by public vote. Organized and sponsored by Western Michigan University — Grand Rapids.
  • Youth Collaboration Award: “Creation: 20 Paneled Public Art” by LAKELAND CARDINAL COLLABORATIVE at Zoup! at the Medical Mile Food Court, determined by independent jury. Organized and sponsored by Western Michigan University — Grand Rapids.
  • Educator Award: “Cities of Silhouettes: A Visual Journal” by Missy Dunaway at The Artist’s Studio, determined by independent jury. Organized and sponsored by Western Michigan University – Grand Rapids.
  • Contemporary Black Art Award: 108 Death Masks: A Communal Prayer for Peace and Justice by Nikesha Breeze at DeVos Place Convention Center, determined by independent jury. Organized by The African American Art and Music Celebration with presenting sponsor the city of Grand Rapids. 108 Death Masks is also a finalist for a juried award in the three-dimensional category.
  • Artista Latino Award: “THE STRING PROJECT” by Chelsea Nix & Mariano Cortez at DeVos Place Convention Center, determined by public vote. Organized by the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce with presenting sponsor the city of Grand Rapids. “THE STRING PROJECT” is also a finalist for a juried award and a public vote award in the two-dimensional category.
  • Asian Artist Award: “Black Panther” by YanFang Inlow at Grand Rapids Police Department, determined by public vote. Organized by the West Michigan Asian American Association with presenting sponsor the city of Grand Rapids.
  • Asian Artist Award: “Pure Michigan” by Huaming Wang at DeVos Place Convention Center, determined by public vote. Organized by the West Michigan Asian American Association with presenting sponsor the city of Grand Rapids.
  • Decon + Reuse Vote Award: Abiding In The Shadow by Jeff Best at Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, determined by public vote. Organized and sponsored by The Building Materials Reuse Association. The work is also among the Final 20.
  • American Civil Liberties Union Award: By Her Own Hand by Lora Robertson, determined by independent jury. Organized by Fountain Street Church with presenting sponsor the ACLU.
  • Social Action Committee Award: “Reverse Alchemy” by Anthony Thompson, determined by independent jury. Organized by Fountain Street Church with presenting sponsor the ACLU.

In the sixth annual SmartArt competition, sponsored by Consumers Energy, Grand Rapids Public Schools students created art with the theme of renewable energy. The winner was Jenna Sherwin of City High/Middle for her work, “Light Up the World.” She won a $1,000 college scholarship and an Apple computer.

Runners up:

  • Alex Van Kuiken — “Empire”
  • Rose Gerson — “Colors of the Wind”
  • Lana deGraaf — “Solar Bus” (Also the winner of the People’s Choice award, decided by Facebook engagement, and won a $200 Visa gift card for herself and a $200 gift guard for her art teacher to buy art supplies.)
  • Rukundo Nshimiyimana — “Hope”
  • Lillian Kuipers — “Polluted Night”
  • Elena Mealing — “Neglected Connection”
  • Jazmine Knight — “Dream in Action”
  • Madison Younts — “Our Planet in Bloom”
  • Jayla Porter — “Human Civilization”

>>PDF: SmartArt winners

Kuipers, Mealing, Knight, Younts and Porter all won $100 gift card. The Nshimiyimana and deGraaf winners won an iPad. Gerson and Van Kuiken won an Apple computer.

The Top 10 SmartArt pieces can be found at the JW Marriott, and are also displayed on a banner at Consumers’ Ellsworth Substation at the intersection of Fulton Street and Market Avenue.

THE COMPETITION

$500,000 in prize money is up for grabs at ArtPrize 10. $400,000 of that will be divided evenly among the juried and public grand prize winners.

ArtPrize jurors shared their Shortlist last week. One of those pieces will win the juried grand prize.

Two entries are both on the Shortlist and among the Final 20: “THE STRING PROJECT” and “Mastermind America.” For the second year, ArtPrize-goers have the option to choose a piece on the Shortlist to win the public vote grand prize.

The winners will be announced Friday, Oct. 5 during the ArtPrize Awards Show, airing on WOOD TV8.

ArtPrize 10 runs through Oct. 7.

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