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ArtPrize 2013

ArtPrize® is a radically open, independently organized international art competition with an unprecedented $200,000 top prize decided entirely by public vote.

For 19 days, three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, become an open playing field where anyone can find a voice in the conversation about what is art and why it matters. Art from around the world pops up in every inch of downtown, and it’s all free and open to the public.

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Artist Gurmej Singh, who has been kicked out of ArtPrize the past two years, was awarded a Guinness World Record.

His 11,302-foot painting, “The Transcendental,” is now considered the world’s longest.  It was banned from being presented in ArtPrize this year because it was much longer than initially intended.

However, he chose to display it without permission so it could be officially measured by Guinness officials, according to MLive.

artprize artistGRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-  For Paris Vaune Tavannti Wartick, life has not been easy. She has been over shadowed by a sister who won ArtPrize just 2 years ago and she has had to overcome abuse and illness in her life. She wrote a book called “Unveiling Paris” where she digs deep into being molested as a child.

She has also had to deal with not one but 2 bouts of brain cancer and not even that can keep her from her passion of creating art and telling a story. Her current display for art prize hangs at the Monroe Community Church and depicts three different scenes from the life of Moses.

“Unlike Moses who had a hard time speaking in the beginning I do not have a lot of trouble speaking, sometimes I talk too much”, she says. And she uses her art to fulfill a higher calling.

“I believe that in my life I have been made to be a person of courage and that one person of courage is that someone who can give hope to others.”

That is exactly what she is doing encouraging others and in the end that is more rewarding than any award.


“Sleeping Bear Dunes Landscape” by Ann Loveless

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The winners of ArtPrize 2013 were announced Friday evening, and Ann Loveless’ “Sleeping Bear Dunes Lakeshore” was the winner of the public vote.

Loveless’ piece, a landscape art quilt, won not only the most votes, but the $200,000 prize that comes with it.  The top three public vote winners also included “Polar Expressed” by Anni Crouter in second place and “UPlifting” by Andy Sacksteder.  They will receive $75,000 and $50,000, respectively.

Carlos Bunga’s “Ecosystem” at the SITE:LAB was the winner of the $100,000 Juried Grand Prize.

The rest of the winners are listed below.

Juried winners (each entry receives $20,000)

  • Two-dimensional: “Europa and the Flying Fish” by Kyle Staver (Grand Rapids Brewing Company)
  • Three-dimensional: “Through the Skies for You” by Kevin Cooley and Phillip Andrew Lewis (Kendall College)
  • Time/Performance: “The Last Post” by Shahzia Sikander (Kendall College)
  • Urban Space: “united.states : an everydaypeople project” by J.D. Urban (Calder Plaza)
  • Venue: Kendall College of Art & Design

Remaining popular vote award winners (each receives $5,000)

  • “Dancing With Mother Nature” by Paul Baliker
  • “Botanica Exotica a Monumental Collection of the Rare beautiful” by Jason Gamrath
  • “Earth Giant” by Benjamin Gazsi
  • “Myth-or-Logic” by Robin Protz
  • “Finding Beauty in Bad Things: Porcelain Vine” by Fraser Smith
  • “Taking Flight” by MIchael Gard
  • “Tired Pandas” by Nick Jakubiak.
artprize top ten

“Myth-or-Logic” – Robin Protz

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Anyone who has been waiting to cast their vote for their favorite ArtPrize Top Ten Finalist has until 11:59 p.m. Thursday to do it.

Almost 430,000 votes were cast in round one, which is the largest voting turn-out in the history of the annual competition.

For a closer look at the Top Ten, click here.

The 2013 ArtPrize Awards will be  on the night of Friday, October 4.  Those who wish to be a part of the audience can get tickets here.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.,–An ArtPrize controversy took center stage again Tuesday as artist Dave Dodde had the chance to show his piece ‘Fleurs et riviere’ for the last time in a very special way.

Dodde was asked to take down the magnets on the downtown Calder statue last Wednesday by the city. It was at the request of the Calder Foundation, who didn’t want the foam magnets of flowers and leaves on the structure.

The city originally said the pieces needed to come off by Friday but after word spread to the mayor’s office Dodde was allowed to keep it up a few days longer.

Grand Rapids mayor George Heartwell says it was brought to his attention that Dodde’s son’s class had a field trip planned for next Tuesday to see the piece, and let the art work stay.

Dodde’s 17-year-old son, who has Down Syndrome, beamed ear-to-ear as he showed his classmates around the piece Tuesday. Dodde says despite what has happened he still feels successful and couldn’t be more thankful for the support the community has shown him.

Dodde will officially decommission the work at 8 a.m. Wednesday.



Ford Museum Will Close If Federal Government Shuts Down

The ArtPrize Top 10: The Morning After The Announcement

People view a Top 10 ArtPrize entry in front of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum will close if the federal government shuts down.

The museum is an ArtPrize venue, and some entries are inside the building.

The museum is run by the National Archives, and if a budget deal is not reached in Washington, the museum cannot open. The Ford Presidential Library in Ann Arbor says it will cease operations at midnight Monday night if there is a government shutdown.

(Reporting by Jessica McMaster and Michele DeSelms, FOX 17)

In this four-hour race, you have to bike and run throughout Grand Rapids and beyond and find hidden flags. This year, the race incorporates ArtPrize entries and venues.

Tired Pandas” by Nick Jakubiak is a top ten entry in ArtPrize. See it at The B.O.B. in downtown Grand Rapids.

Uplifting” by Andy Sacksteder is a top ten entry in ArtPrize. See it at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.