7th Annual ArtPrize Competition Kicks Off in Grand Rapids

ArtPrize 2015, an international art competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan, began on September 23, 2015, and runs until October 11, 2015. This year’s competition features 1,554 art installations displayed in 162 public venues across three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids. Both the public and a jury judge the submissions, which are entered into four categories—Installation, 2-D, 3-D, and Time-Based.

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Some of the venues this year include the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand River, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids Brewing Company, MLive Media Group, DeVos Place Convention Center, JW Marriot Grand Rapids Hotel, Sears Architects, and The B.O.B.

Rick DeVos founded ArtPrize in 2009 to honor artists and engage the public with the arts. This year, the competition includes a $40,000 curatorial fellowship and a $30,000 venue grant program.

The 2015 curatorial fellowship winners are:

  • Hunter Bridwell, who will work under curator Ron Platt at the Grand Rapids Art Museum.
  • Amy Wilson, who will work with curator Paul Amenta at SiTE:LAB.
  • Ethan Ross, who will work with curator Heather Duffy at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts.
  • Elizabeth Hertl, who will work with curator Michele Bosak at the Kendall College of Art and Design.

ArtPrize will also award $220,000 in grants to participating artists and curators, as well as $200,000 to two grand prize winners and $12,500 to each category award winner.

The public has narrowed down the category submissions to 25 finalists each. The finalists can be viewed by clicking on the categories below:

Installation finalist: Stripes for St. Joseph at SiTE:LAB / The Rumsey Street Project, by Nick Kline from New York

Installation finalist: Stripes for St. Joseph at SiTE:LAB / The Rumsey Street Project, by Nick Kline from New York

2-D finalist: Fireside Chats at Craft House, by Britt Spencer from Savannah, Georgia

2-D finalist: Fireside Chats at Craft House, by Britt Spencer from Savannah, Georgia

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3-D finalist: Uplift at Vandenberg (Calder) Plaza and Grand Rapids CIty Hall, by Jarrod Beck from New York

Time-based finalist: For the toward at SiTE:LAB / The Rumsey Street Project, by BOOMERANG from Gambier, Ohio

Time-based finalist: For the toward at SiTE:LAB / The Rumsey Street Project, by BOOMERANG from Gambier, Ohio

The winners of ArtPrize 2015 will be announced at the ArtPrize awards on October 9, 2015.

To view all of this year’s entries, visit artprize.org/entries.

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