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radically open international art competition decided by public vote and
expert jury, is pleased to announce the participating artists and venues
paired at the close of the Connections period, when artists and venues
independently organize the city-wide exhibition. Concurrent with this
announcement, ArtPrize is also pleased to announce the 25 recipients of
the Artist Seed Grants presented by the Frey Foundation, as well as the
Curatorial Fellows for the inaugural Fellowship for Emerging Curators
program. The $500,000 competition is slated to take place from September
23-October 11, 2015 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
A total of 1,649 artists from 48 countries and 42 U.S. states submitted
1,554 entries, a slight but notable increase over 2014, for the 7th
edition of the world’s largest art competition. Additionally, the
growing scope of ArtPrize is reflected in a 21% increase of
international artist entries over 2014, totaling 137, with Japan taking
the lead in international representation at ArtPrize Seven. In the U.S.,
Midwest states with the most participating artists include Illinois,
Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin and Minnesota while leading states outside the
Midwest include California, New York, Florida, Colorado and Georgia.
Participating artists’ works, entered under one of four categories (2-D,
3-D, Time-Based and Installation), will be displayed in 162 venues
located within the three-square-mile jurisdiction of downtown Grand
Rapids. Artists and venues are matched in a collaborative curatorial
process during an open ‘Connections’ period hosted online at
A complete list of participating artists and venues can be found at: artprize.org/entries.
Artist Seed Grants were presented for the second year in a row by the
Frey Foundation, drawing 149 applications from registered ArtPrize
artists hoping for one of 25 grants valued at $2,000 each. A panel of
art critics and experts, including Nicole Caruth, writer, curator and editor of Art:21 Magazine; Lisa Freiman, Director of Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond; Reed Kroloff, architect and Director of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum; Scott Stulen, Curator of Audience Experiences and Performance at Indianapolis Museum of Art; Joe Becherer, curator at Frederick Meijer Gardens; Paul Amenta, curator of SiTE:LAB; Dana Friis-Hansen, director of Grand Rapids Art Museum; Miranda Lash, curator of contemporary art at The Speed Art Museum; and Cezanne Charles,
Director of Creative Industries at Creative Many -- reviewed the
applications, seeking ambitious entries from artists who demonstrated
both financial need and artistic merit. The panel selected the following
25 winning artists:
Faig Ahmed, “Embroidery Space”
Jarrod Beck, “Uplift”
José Carlos Casado, “Sacrifice”
Daniel Rothbart, “Oculus”
Diana Shpungin, “Drawing of a House (Triptych)”
Tomas Rivas, “Geometric Flood”
Nick Kline, “Pilgrimage”
Jessica Bonenfant Coogan, “Disembodied Woman”
Mandy Cano Villalobos, “Undocumented Histories”
Megan Pitcher, “Breakwall”
Kora Radella, “For the toward”
Filippo Tagliati, “Site #8”
Sara Dittrich, “Physical Arrangement for String Trio”
Mark Rumsey, “Rumsey Street Office of the Archivist”
Mark Dean Veca, TBD
Judith BRAUN, “As Above”
Jane Cassidy, “Brumaire is the color”
Daniel Elkin, “Straw Sun Space”
Ritsu Katsumata, “In the Beginning”
Armando Ramos, “Kind Regards”
Zach Mory, “Swell”
LaMarre And Dancers Featuring James Cornish, “They Were Displaced... And Again”
Ryan C. Doyle, “Activi-Tree”
Karen Lemmert, “345 RGB”
Michael Peoples, “The Great Race”
ArtPrize also announced the ArtPrize Fellowship for Emerging Curators
program, debuting this year. The program gives up-and-coming curators
the opportunity to work alongside an established curator at an ArtPrize
institutional venue during the seventh annual event. The participating
venues for this inaugural year include Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM),
SiTE:LAB, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art (UICA) and Kendall
College of Art and Design (KCAD).
Four Fellows were selected by ArtPrize and its partner institutions’
curatorial teams. Each Fellow will not only assist in curating and
creating the venues’ ArtPrize Seven exhibition, but will also curate his
or her own ArtPrize exhibition this fall, with the mentorship of the
The $40,000 in grant funding will be divided evenly among the
participating venues and their respective Fellows, to aid in the
planning and execution of their ArtPrize Seven exhibitions.
The inaugural four recipients of the Curatorial Fellowship are:
Hunter Bridwell, who holds a B.F.A. from Kendall
College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD), will work
under the mentorship of curator Ron Platt at the Grand Rapids Art
Amy Wilson, artistic director and founder of Dance in
the Annex (winner of the ArtPrize 2014 Time-Based juried award) will
work with curator Paul Amenta at SiTE:LAB.
Ethan Ross, with an M.F.A. from KCAD, will work alongside Heather Duffy, curator at UICA.
Elizabeth Hertl, who curated the ArtPrize 2014 exhibition at Cathedral Square, will work with Michele Bozak, curator at KCAD.
ArtPrize is an international art competition, open to any artist and
decided by public vote. It invites artists to try out new ideas on a
large and diverse population of people. It seeks to broaden the critical
dialogue around contemporary art by awarding the world’s largest art
prize. Two $200,000 awards are decided by public vote and expert jury,
and an additional $100,000 in prizes is awarded to the top entries in
each category. Registered artists and venues connect online at
artprize.org and agree to present the artwork for public display during
the 19-day event. The public votes using mobile devices and the web to
distribute their awards, while a group of international art experts
determines the winners of the juried awards. ArtPrize 2014 included
1,536 entries representing 51 countries and 42 U.S. states and
territories. ArtPrize 2014 attracted more than 400,000 active
participants. Since its inception, individuals of all backgrounds have
cast more than 2.4 million votes for public art.
ArtPrize is made possible in part through the generous support of many
organizations. The 2015 Corporate Leadership sponsors include Amway,
Founders Brewing Company, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris
State University, Meijer, PNC Bank, The Rapid, West Michigan Honda
Dealers, and X-Rite Pantone. Premier sponsors include Consumers Energy,
CWD Real Estate Investment, Deloitte, Edward Jones, Haworth, The Iserv
Company, ITC Your Energy Superhighway, Steelcase, and Wolverine
2015 Leading Foundation Supporters include The Richard and Helen DeVos
Foundation, The Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation, The Douglas and
Maria DeVos Foundation, The Frey Foundation, CDV5 Foundation, and the
Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.
Honda is the Official Vehicle of ArtPrize. MLive Media Group is the
Official Provider of the ArtPrize Event Guide. WOOD TV8 is the Official
Broadcast Media Partner of ArtPrize.
The Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation is the Founding Sponsor of ArtPrize.