ArtPrize Seven kicked off on September 23rd and thousands of people have already visited Grand Rapids to take in the world’s largest art competition. Artists are competing for a $200,000 grand prize as voted on by the public. As of Monday, 167,000 votes have been cast. In addition, jurors will select one piece in five different categories that will win $12,500 each. The categories are two-dimensional, three-dimensional, installation, time-based, and outstanding venue. On September 28th the jurors announced their short list, five entries in each of the five categories. The artists on the lists are from all over the United States with one from Japan.
Two-dimensional short list
“GANGRENE” by John Haverty from Marion, Massachusetts, being shown at Boardwalk GR Condominiums. “Guryong Village in Seoul” by Soohyun Kim from Chicago, Illinois at GRCC Collins Art Gallery. “A Fearless Brother Project Presents: Realistic Neglects – A Graphic Series” by Akibang Monroe O’Bryant from Kentwood, Michigan at Grand Rapids Art Museum. “Fireside Chats” by Britt Spencer from Savannah, Georgia being shown at Craft House. “Fragile Environments” by Diana Wege from New York, New York at First (Park) Congregational.
Thee-dimensional short list
“Mimesis” by Kunihiro Akinaga from Amagasaki City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, showing at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. “Uplift” by Jarrod Beck from New York, New York at Vandenberg (Calder) Plaza and Grand Rapids City Hall. “The Last Supper” by Julie Green from Corvallis, Oregon, at Kendall College of Art & Design. “Relic” by Tamara Kostianovsky from Brooklyn, New York, showing at Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, “Anishinaabensag Biimskowebshkigewag (Native Kids Ride Bikes)” by Dylan Miner from East Lansing, Michigan, at Grand Rapids Art Museum.
Installation short list
“Constructing on Deconstructing” by Carolina Borja and Amy Toscani from Minneapolis, Minnesota, can be seen at 250 Monroe. “Stripes for St. Joseph” by Nick Kline from New York, New York, at SiTE:LAB / The Rumsey Street Project. “the sculptural painting” by Jovanni Luna from Nashville, Tennessee, being shown at Spiral. “In Our Element” by Ruben Ubiera from Miami, Florida, at Front Avenue under US-131. “Something Old Something New” by Lisa Williamson from Memphis, Tennessee, at Monroe Community Church.
Time-based short list
“For the toward” by BOOMERANG from Gambier, Ohio, at SiTE:LAB / The Rumsey Street Project. “T-Rex” by Drea Cooper & Zack Canepari from Oakland, California, at Waterfront Film Festival. “Higher Ground” by Kate Gilmore from Queens, New York, showing at SiTE:LAB / The Rumsey Street Project. “Whisper” by Emily Kennerk from Zionsville, Indiana, at 250 Monroe. “That Was Then” by Prince Thomas from Houston, Texas, at Kendall College of Art & Design / Fed Galleries @ KCAD.
Outstanding Venue short list
Kendall College of Art & Design / Fed Galleries at KCAD, Processing Fiber at 250 Monroe, SiTE:LAB / The Rumsey Street Project, Spiral, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts.
Links to the art work are available on the ArtPrize web site. You can see a replay of the short list announcement on the WOOD-TV web site.