C.T. Hankins took home a $5,000 grant to install ’A Bit of Me in You (Echo Point)’ outside Van Andel Arena in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan.

INDIANAPOLIS (Indiana) JUNE 8, 2017 -- ArtPrize, the independently organized art competition recognized as the world’s largest annual public art event, in collaboration with the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA), tonight awarded a $5,000 grant to C.T. Hankins for his Pitch Night Indianapolis-winning entry, ’A Bit of Me in You (Echo Point)’. In addition to the grant, ’A Bit of Me in You (Echo Point)’ earned a guaranteed spot on the plaza outside Van Andel Arena in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids during ArtPrize Nine, slated to take place September 20-October 8, 2017. Pitch Night Indianapolis is the last of six ArtPrize Pitch Nights presented by 21c Museum Hotels and Delta Air Lines, and underwritten by Experience Grand Rapids.

C.T. Hankins’ work was selected from among five artists that were invited to present at tonight’s Pitch Night event. Each artist was given five minutes and five slides to sell their ambitious, site-specific installation idea to a panel of local arts professionals including: Jeremy Shubrook, director of festivals, performance and public programs at IMA; Laura Holzman, assistant professor at IUPUI/Herron; Shelley Selim, associate curator of design and decorative arts at IMA; Joanna Nixon, manager at Efroymson Family Fund; and Shauta Marsh, chief curator and co-founder at Tube Factory artspace.

’A Bit of Me in You (Echo Point)’ is a sixteen foot wide by six foot high curved wall comprised of more than 5,000 mirrored tiles. When the viewer approaches the wall, they are presented with thousands of images of themself. Missing tiles in the wall give the viewer the opportunity to engage others on the opposite side of the wall by seeing only the eyes of the other peering through the reflection of themself.

“A Bit of Me in You (Echo Point) is about bringing people together to see how similar we truly are. People from all walks of life and geographies can look through these openings and see how easily their noses, their eyes, and the rest of their face line up with people from anywhere else.” said C.T. Hankins about the work which is currently on display at the Indianapolis Art Center. “The work was born out of my focus on creating an artwork that would only be activated with two or more people present. It is meant to help people appreciate the present moment by making selfies difficult. A Bit of Me in You is offered to assist in visualizing ourselves in someone else’s shoes.”

In awarding the grant to Hankins, juror Jeremy Shubrook said  “We were moved by the unique interactivity of the piece, how it holds you, the viewer accountable, drawing you in from the masses, seeing yourself with, in and through the eyes of another.”

C.T. Hankins earned his BFA in Sculpture and an Art History minor from the Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis. The Herron School of Art and Design is also where, the winner of the ArtPrize 2014 Public Vote and Juried Award Grand Prize, Anilla Quayyum Agha still serves as Associate Professor of Drawing and Illustration Foundations.

In addition to transportation costs, Hankins intends to use the $5,000 grant to build a base for the work that would allow it to stand securely without any need to break the ground of the Van Andel Arena plaza. Hankins also plans on sourcing local materials and shop access to welding and cutting equipment. The sculpture has been on display for 10 months at the Indianapolis Art Center and will now be making the 300 mile trip to ArtPrize Nine.

This is the third year that ArtPrize has held this one-night only event in Indianapolis to attract Indiana-based artists to the international art competition -- an event that produced a public vote award winner, ‘Whisper” by Emily Kennerk, in 2015.

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 2017 includes events in six cities across the country. 21c Museum Hotels hosted three events -- in Louisville, KY on May 15; in Durham, NC on May 17; and in Bentonville, AR on May 22. The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit hosted on June 1; the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans hosted on June 5; and the Indianapolis Museum of Art will hoste the final Pitch Night event of 2017 tonight. Each event awarded the winning artist $5,000 and a spot in a prominent ArtPrize venue during the eighth annual event.

ArtPrize Nine will take place across downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan from September 20-October 8, 2017. Artist registration for the world’s largest art competition is now open through June 8 at 5 p.m. EDT.

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. Two $200,000 awards are decided by public vote and expert jury, and an additional $100,000 in prizes is awarded to the top entries in each category. 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 their awards, while a group of international art experts determines the winners of the juried awards. ArtPrize Eight included 1,453 entries representing 44 countries and 40 U.S. states and territories. ArtPrize annually attracts more than 400,000 active participants. Since its inception, individuals of all backgrounds have cast more than 3.2 million votes for public art.

ArtPrize is made possible in part through the generous support of many organizations. The Corporate Leadership sponsors include Amway, DTE Energy Foundation, Founders Brewing Company, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Meijer, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, PNC Bank, Switch, West Michigan Honda Dealers, and X-Rite Pantone. Premier sponsors include Consumers Energy; CWD Real Estate Investment; Edward Jones; Haworth; Herman Miller Cares; ITC, Your Energy Superhighway; Michigan Lottery; Steelcase; and Wolverine Worldwide.

Leading Foundation Supporters include the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation, the Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation, the Douglas and Maria DeVos Foundation, CDV5 Foundation, the Efroymson Family Fund, the Frey Foundation, the Peter C. and Emajean Cook Foundation, The Wege Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

CWD Real Estate Investment is the Official Real Estate Provider. Honda is the Official Vehicle of ArtPrize. MLive Media Group is the Official Provider of the ArtPrize Event Guide. The Rapid is the Public Transportation Partner. WOOD TV8 is the Official Broadcast Media Partner of ArtPrize.

The Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation is the Founding Sponsor of ArtPrize.

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