ArtPrize celebrates the diversity of ideas, voices and the work of hundreds of artists. Now, as we conclude our third year, few things have changed toward that mission. During the past 19 days, an estimated 500,000 people came to Grand Rapids, Mich., not entirely known as an ‘art mecca’ (we’re working on it) and participated in an epic dialog about contemporary art.

The level of engagement was record-setting. At a time when many are drawn to professional or college sports, or other events, hundreds of thousands of people of all ages and from all backgrounds sought out their favorite works and voted. Jurors, experts in their field, came from across the country, to select the works they felt best represented a particular category. Together we explored the tension between public and professional in an open dialog.

In all, 18 winners were awarded nearly $500,000, with the top prize of $250,000 going to Mia Tavonatti of Santa Ana, Calif., for her mosaic, Crucifixion.

The conversation was epically epic. Made possible by the voters, our partners, the artists and the venues. Thank you for your commitment. Together we are creating a place where engaging with art and engaging with each other is valued. Because of you, no other event is like this in the world.

Together, let’s congratulate all of our 1,582 artist participants, including our winners:

Popular Vote

  • Mia Tavonatti, Santa Ana, Calif. Crucifixion
  • Tracy Van Duinen, Chicago, Ill., Metaphorest
  • Lynda Cole, Ann Arbor, Mich. Rain
  • Laura Alexander, Columbus, Ohio, The Tempest II
  • Paul Baliker, Palm Coast, Fla., Ocean Exodus
  • Ritch Branstrom, Rapid River, Mich., “Rusty” A sense of direction/self portrait
  • Sunti Pichetchaiyakul, Big Fork, Mont., President Gerald Ford Visits ArtPrize
  • Robert Shangle, Sparta, Mich., Under Construction
  • Bill Secunda, Butler, Pa., Mantis Dreaming
  • Llew (Doc) Tilma, Wayland, Mich., Grizzlies on the Ford

Juried Awards

  • Two-Dimensional — Mimi Kato, St. Louis, Mo., One Ordinary Day of an Ordinary Town
  • Three-Dimensional — Michelle Brody, New York, N.Y., Nature Preserve
  • International — Shinji Turner-Yamamoto, Cincinnati, Ohio, DISAPPEARANCES – an eternal journey
  • Time-Based — Caroline Young, Chicago, Ill., Remember:Replay:Repeat
  • Urban Space — Catie Newell, Detroit, Mich., Salvaged Landscape
  • Sustainability — Laura Milkins, Tucson, Ariz., Walking Home: stories from the desert to the Great Lakes
  • Ox-Bow Residency — Evertt Beidler, Portland, Ore., Progressive Movement(s)
  • Venue — SiTE:LAB, Grand Rapids, Mich.

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