Korean artist selected as first ArtPrize 2020 entry


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The first artist to be competing for this year’s $200,000 ArtPrize public vote grand prize was announced Thursday.

Collection — Endangered Species, a three-dimensional entry, by Seasum Shim was named this year’s first ArtPrize entry. It was selected out of five finalists by a group of judges from Seoul, South Korea’s ArtPrize Gangnam Showcase.

The artist won a $25,000 grant to fly the piece, which captures the sounds of endangered animals in 3D from across world, to Grand Rapids where it will be on display at the DeVos Place Convection Center for ArtPrize 2020.

“The installation taps into the human desire to capture and catalogue the natural world by creating small abstract sculptures based on recordings of the sounds produced by endangered animals. The 3D-printed objects are encased in resin and glass jars, and displayed in a way that references biological artifacts in a natural history museum,” ArtPrize organizers said in a Thursday news release.

ArtPrize 2020 runs from Sept. 16 to Oct. 4. Venue registration will start on March 2 then artist registration will begin on April 13.

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