The 2012 and 2013 Public Vote Grand Prize winners will be viewable at the ArtPrize HUB during the sixth annual event.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. July 30, 2014 – ArtPrize, the radically open, international art competition today announced that Adonna Khare’s Elephants and Ann Loveless’ Sleeping Bear Dune Lakeshore, the 2012 and 2013 Public Vote Grand Prize winners respectively, will be on display in Grand Rapids this fall during the sixth annual event. The two pieces will be installed at the ArtPrize HUB and will be viewable during ArtPrize 2014.

“These exquisite pieces clearly captured the public’s imagination over the last few years, and they voiced approval with their votes,” noted Christian Gaines, executive director of ArtPrize. “Artists and attendees will have an opportunity to revisit these works to reflect upon and marvel at the stunning artistry and intricate craftsmanship. They serve as thrilling reminders that ArtPrize is as much about people being important to art as art being important to people.”

Adonna Khare’s large-scale drawing Elephants depicts chimpanzees, gorillas, elephants, and other wildlife in a whimsical scene that continued to unfold while on display at the Grand Rapids Art Museum during ArtPrize 2012. Khare spent each of the sixteen public vote days adding to the drawing and interacting with the thousands of passing visitors. Originally 8-feet tall by 35-feet wide, the piece stretched to 14-feet tall by 40-feet wide, growing and changing as she shared her craft. The ArtPrize public vote-winning artist was recently chosen by a juried panel of experts to participate in Crystal Bridge’s upcoming exhibition, a survey of the contemporary art world in America.

"So much has happened since 2012. Winning ArtPrize helped propel my career, and put me onto many people's radar," said Khare. "It's been an amazing two years, and just recently, I was selected as one of the 102 Artists for Crystal Bridges State of the Art juried show which started with a list of nearly 10,000. Being selected by both a popular vote and a juried show is a testament to how ArtPrize can be instrumental to an artist's career."

An intricately crafted panoramic view of the Lake Michigan shoreline, Ann Loveless’ landscape quilt Sleeping Bear Dune Lakeshore captures Lake Michigan at sunset complete with deep blue waters, dune grasses, and birch trees with Sleeping Bear Dunes in the distance in her 5-feet high by 20-feet wide piece. The quilt is a collage of cotton and batik fabrics interwoven with linen, silk, yarn, and other fibers, lending texture and movement to the piece. Prior to her win at ArtPrize 2013, Loveless’ 2012 entry Seasons achieved the public vote Top 25. She plans to return to Grand Rapids this fall for ArtPrize 2014.

“I’m looking forward to experiencing the event as a visitor and to seeing how my win last year may have influenced some of this year’s entries. Maybe we’ll see more textile art,” said Loveless. “Right now I’m working on three large commissioned pieces that came as a direct result of the visibility that the ArtPrize competition has brought me and my work. One of the pieces is slated to call Grand Rapids home later this fall.”

ArtPrize visitors can see both Elephants and Sleeping Bear Dune Lakeshore at the ArtPrize HUB during the sixth annual event, September 24 to October 12, 2014. See all ArtPrize 2014 artist entries at artprize.org/entries.

ABOUT ARTPRIZE
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, at $560,000. 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 $260,000, while an additional $300,000 in juried awards are decided by a group of international art experts. ArtPrize 2014 will include 1,536 entries representing 51 countries and 42 U.S. states and territories. ArtPrize 2013 attracted more than 400,000 active participants. Since its inception, individuals of all backgrounds have cast more than 1.7 million votes for public art.

ArtPrize is made possible in part through the generous support of many organizations. Premier Leadership sponsors include Amway, The Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation, Founders Brewing Company, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Meijer, PNC Bank and The Rapid. Leadership sponsors include Consumers Energy, CWD Real Estate Investment, Deloitte, The Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation, The Douglas and Maria DeVos Foundation, The Frey Foundation, The Grand Rapids Community Foundation, Haworth, The Iserv Company, Steelcase Inc., Trivalent Group | HP, The VanderWeide Family Foundation and Wolverine Worldwide. The Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation is the Founding Sponsor of ArtPrize.

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