At last night’s event held at Bank Suey, Troy Ramos took home a $5,000 grant to bring his interactive sound installation to 111 Lyon Building in downtown Grand Rapids this fall.

DETROIT (Michigan) JUNE 1, 2018 — ArtPrize, the independently organized art competition recognized as one of the world’s largest annual public art events, last night awarded a $5,000 grant to Troy Ramos for his Pitch Night Detroit-winning entry, “Sound Space.” Ramos captured the attention of last night’s five judges, earning the opportunity to realize his vision at 111 Lyon Building in Grand Rapids, Michigan during ArtPrize 10 — slated to take place from September 19-October 7, 2018. Pitch Night Detroit is presented by 21c Museum Hotels and Delta Air Lines, and underwritten by Experience Grand Rapids.

“We picked Ramos’ piece because we wanted to look at the overall ArtPrize festival experience. We thought the opportunity for sound and light to work collaboratively to speak was most compelling,” said Jenenne Whitfield, reflecting on the judges’ pick. “Visitors can get dizzy from looking at so much art, but to have a place where you go in and experience art from a different perspective, will be an excellent use for that particular space.”

Ramos’ work was selected from among five artists who presented their ideas for ambitious installation projects at last night’s Pitch Night event. Each artist had five minutes to pitch their idea to a panel of art professionals including: Jenenne Whitfield, CEO of the Heidelberg Project; Paulina Petkoski, co-founder and owner of Playground Detroit; Michael Andrews, executive director of Ox-Bow; Alissa Shelton, director of Bank Suey; and Jennifer Goulet, president and CEO of Creative Many.

Ramos seeks to create non-directional works with a sense of timelessness, a space for visitors to connect and find meaningful experiences. For ArtPrize 10, he will blanket the 111 Lyon Building space in black and trim it in neon light, offering an enclosure in the center for visitors to escape the bustle of the event and experience the work. Speakers placed throughout the room will fill the space with music, original soundwork curated by Ramos, creating an interesting sound-world that confronts silence.

“I love putting sound works into artistic spaces because it gives it a reflective quality that you can’t find in different places,” said Ramos. “My installation offers visitors a place to go and sit for as long as they’d like, allowing them take in the experience for however they want to view it.”

ArtPrize Pitch Night launched in 2013 as a means of discovering and supporting ambitious, exciting projects and to reduce the barriers to bringing them to the annual competition. Since its inception, the Pitch Night program has continued to expand and in 2018 included events in six cities across the country. Each event awarded the winning artist $5,000 and a spot in a prominent ArtPrize venue during the tenth annual event. Learn more at artprize.org/pitchnight.

ArtPrize 10 will take place across downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan from September 19-October 7, 2018. Artist registration for the world’s largest art competition is underway and will remain open through June 7.

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