GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., May 14, 2013 – ArtPrize, the radically open, international art competition
and social experiment, today announced its list of professional jurors for the fifth annual event, which will be responsible for awarding $200,000 in juried prizes.
Leading the ArtPrize Grand Juror panel is Anne Pasternak, president and artistic director of Creative
Time, Manon Slome, PhD, president and chief curator of No Longer Empty, and Mel Chin, a
conceptual artist who engages cultural, political, and social space. The three will distribute the
$100,000 Juried Grand Prize.
ArtPrize has grown in the past five years to become the art competition that accepts opinions of all
kinds. Wildly experimental and equally enormous, the event attracts more than 400,000 people to
Grand Rapids, Mich. who vote on contemporary art. To open things up further, ArtPrize blends epic
public vote with juried prizes to explore the tension that exists between popular and professional
“During the past four years of ArtPrize, two related questions continue to emerge: what role should an audience have in the interpretation and valuation of art, and what role does art have in the revitalization of cities?” said Kevin Buist, exhibitions director of ArtPrize. “The eight individuals we've invited to join us this fall all approach these questions from different positions. It's our hope that they will lead a critical conversation around these topics in a way that deepens understanding with the public and pushes the discourse forward.”
The six ArtPrize Juried Awards and their respective judges include:
Keeping with the mission of openness and providing the potential for surprise, each juror is given the privilege of setting their own judging criteria for the prize.
For the first time, in 2013, the three-person Juried Grand Prize panel will participate in a discussion titled: "Can Art Save Cities?" The evening will feature each of the jurors presenting insights from their practice as artists, curators, administrators and activists. A moderated conversation will investigate the popular notion that simply injecting contemporary art can revive struggling cities. Nothing is ever so simple, and this event will grapple with the fact that ArtPrize is an example of such an initiative, as well as a platform upon which art and urbanism can be dissected and discussed.
The six ArtPrize Juried Awards come in addition to the prizes awarded to the top 10 artists based on a public vote. Unlike other competitions, the ArtPrize organization asks the public to vote and decide the winners using mobile devices and the Internet. Ten winners are chosen in two rounds of voting. First place receives $200,000, second $75,000, third $50,000, and fourth through tenth each receive $5,000. To exhibit, artists must secure space with one of more than 186 ArtPrize venues found within a three-square mile district of downtown Grand Rapids. Venues range from city parks to rooftops to museums to restaurants.
In 2013, ArtPrize will distribute $560,000 in prizes, $360,000 by public vote, and $200,000 by the professional jury, firmly establishing the competition as the world’s largest art prize based on total monetary prizes distributed.
Open to any artist from around the world, organizers encourage participants to register any type of artwork at artprize.org. Artists are urged to sign up as early as possible to ensure a venue for their work, as relationships are already being made between artists and venues. Artist registration for ArtPrize 2013 closes June 6, 2013.
ArtPrize 2013 is September 19 to October 7.
About Anne Pasternak (Juried Grand Prize)
Anne Pasternak is the president and artistic director of Creative Time, an organization that stages ambitious public art projects in New York City and around the world. Under Pasternak’s leadership, Creative Time has produced such renowned projects as Playing the Building, during which the Battery Maritime Building was transformed into an interactive musical instrument; Tribute in Light, the twin beacons of light that illuminated the former World Trade Center site six months after 9/11; Waiting for Godot in New Orleans, a restaging of Samuel Beckett’s play in the streets of post-Katrina New Orleans; and a Global Residency program that supported artists’ processes in exploring questions central to their practice.
About Manon Slome (Juried Grand Prize)
Manon Slome Ph.D. is president and chief curator of No Longer Empty, a non-profit organization that stages exhibitions in unused urban spaces.
From 2002 to June 2008 she was the Chief Curator of the Chelsea Art Museum (CAM) in New York. During that time, she curated and oversaw a program of some forty exhibitions, symposia and museum publications as well as monographs and scholarly essays.
Prior to the CAM, Ms. Slome worked as a curator at the Guggenheim Museum for seven years and was a holder of a Helena Rubinstein curatorial fellowship at the Whitney Independent Study program. She has written widely on contemporary art and has recently completed The Aesthetics of Terror published by Charta Press.
About Mel Chin (Juried Grand Prize)
Mel Chin is an artist whose work evades easy classification. Alchemy, botany, and ecology intersect ARTPRIZE ArtPrize 2013 Jurors in his work. He insinuates art into unlikely places, including destroyed homes, toxic landfills, and even popular television, investigating how art can provoke greater social awareness and responsibility. Unconventional and politically engaged, his projects also challenge the idea of the artist as the exclusive creative force behind an artwork. “The survival of my own ideas may not be as important as a condition I might create for others’ ideas to be realized,” says Chin, who often enlists entire neighborhoods or groups of students in creative partnerships. Chin also promotes works of art that have the ultimate effect of benefiting science or rejuvenating the economies of inner-city neighborhoods. He lives in North Carolina.
About John Yau (2D Award)
John Yau is a poet and critic based in New York, currently serving as the editor of Hyperallergic Weekend. He has published more than 50 books of artists' books, fiction, poetry, and art criticism. He was the Arts editor of The Brooklyn Rail from March 2004. He teaches art criticism at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. His most recent book is Further Adventures in Monochrome, a collection of poems.
About Hesse McGraw (3D Award)
Hesse McGraw is a curator, writer and artist working as curator at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska. He was the founding director and curator of Paragraph, a contemporary art gallery operating under the non-profit Urban Culture Project in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. He is the former assistant director of Max Protetch gallery in New York, City and former senior editor of Review, a Kansas City-based visual culture magazine. He has served as a lecturer in the Interdisciplinary department of the Kansas City Art Institute and frequently serves as a guest lecturer, critic and juror for fine art and architecture schools and organizations throughout the US.
About Rashida Bumbray (Time and Performance Award)
Rashida Bumbray is an independent curator living and working in New York. She recently served as Associate Curator at The Kitchen (2006-2012). She began her career as curatorial assistant and exhibition coordinator at The Studio Museum in Harlem (2001-2006), where she co-founded StudioSound, the museum’s ongoing lobby sound installation, and Hoofers’ House, a monthly jam session for tap dancers (now called Shim Sham). While also at the Studio Museum, she coordinated numerous exhibitions including Seeds and Roots with Thelma Golden.
Bumbray received her MA in Africana Studies at New York University with a concentration in Performance Studies and Contemporary Art. She is currently consulting for Creative Time.
About Eva Franch I Gilabert (Urban Space Award)
Eva Franch I Gilabert is the director of Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York City. Franch I Gilabert is a Catalan architect, researcher, teacher and founder of the solo practice OOAA (Office of Architectural Affairs). Prior to joining SFAA in 2010, Franch directed the Masters Thesis studio at Rice University. She earned a M. Arch from ETSAB-UPC, and an M. Arch. II from Princeton University. She has lectured nationally and internationally on art, architecture and design and the importance of alternative practices in the construction and understanding of public life. She is an award-winning paella maker and former competitive figure skater.
About Alice Gray Stites (Venue Award)
Alice Gray Stites is chief curator and director of Art Programming for 21cMuseum, a unique hotel and contemporary art museum with locations in Louisville, Ky., Cincinnati and Bentonville, Ark. She also works as an independent curator, organizing exhibitions in Louisville and beyond.
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