Rick Beerhorst is the Patriarch of the Beerhorst Family. Both he and his artist wife Brenda Beerhorst have been full time working artists for many years. Working together with their six children and artist friends the first year of Art Prize '09 ended up in the top 50 with their Art Prize entry The Wonder Wagon. In 2010 they created Plan B, a "Post Peak Everything" eco village on the bank of the Grand River that posed the question, "what will our future look like when we run to the end of cheap fossil fuel" ? Plan B won the Best Use of Urban Space Award from new urbanist expert Jeff Speck. Last year Rick created the largest painting of his 30+year career for the installation City As Muse which was hosted by UICA. Along with the painting is a display case exhibiting bits and pieces from his artistic process along with an interactive postcard and short 6 minute film that documented the entire process of making the painting. Beerhorst is a painter who has his work in collections around the world. This years offering will continue the last years theme of the artist's city itself functioning as a muse of inspiration. This will be a long panoramic view of the city as seen from the Wealthy Street overpass done in oil paint on stretched canvass mounted into a custom artist designed frame just about three yards long and one yard tall.
Rick's ArtPrize Entries
These are Rick's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.