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As an artist, you hold an honored place in the ArtPrize family. To further elevate all that you do, we're thrilled to present the second annual ArtPrize Artist Week, taking place September 16-20, 2018 in partnership with Creative Many Michigan.

Creative Many is a statewide organization leading advocacy efforts to advance the creative industries in Michigan, spanning arts and culture, design, arts education and the diverse array of creative expressions. Their mission to develop creative people, places and the creative economy in Michigan underscores the transformative power of the creative industries and empowers Michigan’s “creative many” to join in creating a future that benefits everyone. They’ll be hosting four days of immersive panels and workshops providing professional development for ArtPrize Artists.

The Location

All ArtPrize Artist Week events, except those noted below, take place at the ArtPrize Clubhouse. In addition to hosting the events below, the ArtPrize Clubhouse is the perfect place to begin, end, or break during your days at ArtPrize, offering a comfortable place to relax and enjoy a complimentary coffee bar, brunchy light bites, and an evening happy hour. 

The ArtPrize Clubhouse is open exclusively to ArtPrize Members and credentialed ArtPrize Artists, Venues, Sponsors, and the Media. Kindly wear your badge for entry.

  • Building: The Fifth Third Bank Building, located at the corner of Monroe Ave and Lyon Street
  • Address: 200 Monroe Ave NW, Plaza Level, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 
  • Dates: September 12–October 7
  • Hours: 11 a.m.–7 p.m. daily

The Schedule + RSVP

Below is the Artist Week schedule. Please click the links to RSVP and let us know you'll be there.

September 16 4-6p: Making Space: Using Residencies to Support your Creative Practice
6-9p: ArtPrize Artist Kick Off Party @ The B.O.B.
September 17 1-4p: Legal Tools for Artists
September 18

1-4p: Challenging Tech: Artist Approaches to Creating, Communicating + Influencing

September 19 ArtPrize 10 Opening Day
Noon: Voting opens
7p: Opening Ceremony @ Rosa Parks Circle
September 20

1-4p: Navigating the Art Marketplace
4-6p: Artist Week Happy Hour

The Sessions + Live Streams

Find session descriptions + confirmed speaker bios below. Can't make it to a session? Not to worry. We'll be livestreaming them all on Facebook. Livestream videos will be embedded below following each session.

Making Space: Using Residencies to Support your Creative Practice 

Sunday, September 16 • 4-6 p.m. @ The Clubhouse

Artist Week kicked off with an informative discussion about the benefits of participating in a variety of artist residency programs available to artists. The session explored different residency opportunities, from traditional rural retreats to innovative city experiences, and covered strategies to maximize the benefits of dedicated and intentional creative time.  There was a presentation from the Alliance of Artist Communities followed by a panel discussion with artists and residency organizers.

Speakers included:

  • Brad Kik | Co-founder and co-director of Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology. Brad’s varied background—film study, environmental activism, graphic design, community organizing, traditional music, ecology and permaculture—plays a key role in directing the intention behind Crosshatch's work in the community. Brad also acts as a board member and the co-chair of the ecological residencies cohort for the Alliance of Artist Communities, and helps convene and present their Emerging Programs Institute each year.
  • Eliza Fernand is an artist and educator based in Grand Rapids.  In 2011 she co-founded Shared Space Studio, a community art space in rural West Michigan, where she was the Artist Residency Director and Facilitator for five years. Eliza's  intentions as an artist and teacher are reusing discarded materials for art, empowering communities through teaching self-sustaining skills, creating socially engaged projects that demystify the practice of artists, and encouraging cross-media collaboration. 
  • Carl Wilson | Known for his stark black and white linocut prints. The self-taught artist sees himself as a documentarian of lives easily ignored in a world obsessed with materialism and celebrity. Carl is an alumni of the historic Yaddo Artists’ Community. During his residency there he carved the prints for, and wrote the book, Her Purse Smelled like Juicyfruit, a recollection of his mother’s life.
  • Mike Andrews | Executive and Creative Director of Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency.  As an artist, Mike’s tapestries, sculptures, and animations taunt the categorizations of textile, cinema, and object. His hybrid approach to making is fueled by the desires and anxieties of a schizophrenic and body conscious culture.

ArtPrize 10 Kick-Off Party

Sunday, September 16 • 6-9 p.m. @ The B.O.B.

Join us for our ArtPrize Kick-Off Party & Open House, sponsored by the Gilmore Collection. You and a guest will enjoy live music and delicious hors d’oeuvres, and dance the night away as we celebrate you. RSVP here.

Legal Tools for Artists

Monday, September 17 • 1-4 p.m. @ The Clubhouse

Creative Many’s Lawyers for the Creative Economy Program will provide participant artists with practical tools for understanding the legal issues facing artists working in all mediums.  This session will include presentations and interactive exercises.

Part I of the program will include presentations on the basic principles of intellectual property critical to the creative practice produced in cooperation with The Michigan State University College of Law Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurial Law Clinic and will allow time for participants to engage in conversation about the legal questions that arise in their work.

Part II of the program is an interactive workshop presented by Joe Voss from Lawyers for the Creative Economy.  The workshop will examine sample contracts and present tactics and strategies for negotiation that can help protect the rights of artists when engaging in creative work in a commercial context or collaborating with other artists.  

Challenging Tech: Artist Approaches to Creating, Communicating + Influencing

Tuesday, September 18 • 1-4 p.m. @ The Clubhouse 

On the eve of ArtPrize 10, this session will explore the ways that technology, data, and privacy concerns are embedded in today’s creative practice. Through a conversation with artists and an interactive workshop, participants will gain new perspectives on the risks and realities of digital interactions with art.

Part I of the session is Media Management for Artists presented by Matthew Patulski, a 90 minute workshop focused on how to better manage your digital media as part of your professional practice as an artist.  The workshop is organized in 3 sections:

  1. Secure: Managing your digital media using archivist tools and methods to insure it is always in safe keeping.
  2. Organize: Bringing order to your digital studio practice through metadata, rights management, and media workflows.  
  3. Share: Creating points of access for your audiences to your work with web publishing systems, professional application platforms, and social media.

Attendees will leave the workshop with a better awareness of your digital options to present your work as a creative professional.

Matthew Patulski is a digital practitioner with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Kansas City Art Institute. He has spent has spent the last 25 years working with agencies, not-for-profits, and museums to audit their content, secure their data, and improve user experiences by making content more available to their stakeholders and their communities.

Part II of the session will explore the creative and influential ways that artists are using media and technology to develop interactive works, build and engage audiences and uplift community narratives. This is a moderated panel discussion featuring ArtPrize 10 artists and projects.

  • Troy Ramos | Composer, artist and curator. Troy composes sound works to create interesting sound-worlds that confront silence, and create visual spaces in which to present them. These ideas are like objects that transform into something completely new, or into familiar objects that are being described in a different way. How listeners and observers experience the works is up to them. Troy Ramos (b. 1975) BC, Michigan BA: Western Michigan University ('04) Music & German MA: University of York in England ('08) Music Composition
  • Rosa María Zamarrón | Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She has lived briefly in various cities but raised primarily in Detroit. She graduated from Grand Valley State University with a B.A in Photography, focusing primarily on Documentary/Photojournalism. Rosa Maria has exhibited in various cities such as Grand Rapids, Detroit, Austin and Rome, Italy. She currently lives and works in Detroit, Michigan.
  • Chace Morris (Mic Write) | Poet/emcee from Detroit. He is currently working on the 2nd installment of his critically-acclaimed EP, ONUS Chain, a video trilogy & music EP hailed by Okayplayer as “one of the best protest records of 2016.” Chace is a 2018 MAP Fund recipient, 2-time Knight Arts Challenge recipient, a Kresge Literary Fellow, a Callaloo Fellow, 2-time Rustbelt Poetry Slam Champion & the recipient of the 2016 Alain Locke Award from the Detroit Institute of Arts. His poems have been published in The Offing, Wildness, Muzzle, Drunk In A Midnight Choir & Radius, and his music has been featured on Bandcamp Daily, NPR, The Village Voice, Detroit Free Press, Mother Jones & NBC's The Grio. He is also a contributing writer to Black Nerd Problems & constant artistic partner of Sherina Rodriguez Sharpe.
  • Sherina Sharpe | Writer, editor, performer & educator from Detroit, MI. She is a 2018 MAP grant awardee, a 2017 Knight Arts Challenge awardee, a 2014 Kresge Theater fellow, a 2014 Cave Canem fellow, 2013 Voices of Our Nations Authors alum, executive director of Obsidian Blues and co-founder of the C R O S S R O A D collective. Her writing investigates cultural intersections, specifically in the patterns that emerge when class, gender, race & religion overlap, & confronts them head on. Her 2015 play “On Becoming Unfukwitable” forged new dramatic territory with a searing insight into how a daughter transcends molestation by her father. Her ability to create a safe space for survivors makes “Unfukwitable” an insightful, evocative, liberating and transformative experience. Her latest project, *** *****, uses art to create a healing vibration to transcend trauma.
  • Moderator: Cézanne Charles | Designer, curator and researcher working on design, technology, social justice and public policy for future-making. Charles is the Director of Creative Industries for Creative Many Michigan, leading its programs that provide the knowledge, funding, networks and advocacy needed to empower the practices of artists, designers, designer-makers and creative technologists within the state. Cezanne also co-founded with John Marshall rootoftwo, a research and practice-driven hybrid design studio formed in 1998.

Navigating the Art Marketplace

Thursday, September 20 • 1-4 p.m. @ The Clubhouse

Navigating the art marketplace is challenging for experienced and emerging artists alike.  This two-part session will help participants better see the possible pathways to sustainability through artistic practice, and allow space to imagine the conditions required for the creative community to thrive.

Part I of the session features an engaging and honest facilitated discussion among artists, curators, and gallery owners about the challenges the marketplace presents and the strategies that have worked (or not worked) for them.  The speakers for Part I are:

  • Mandy Cano Villalobos | Interdisciplinary artist who explores concepts of time through installation, performance, and object based works. She exhibits throughout the United States, and currently teaches at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, MI.
  • Dr. Fari Nzinga | Earned her PhD in Cultural Anthropology in 2013, studying Black-led arts organizations and community rebuilding in the post-Katrina political economy. Having worked as an organizer, researcher, curator, writer, and educator based in New Orleans for almost a decade, she is presently a Kalamazoo Institute of Arts/Kalamazoo College Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellow where she adds depth to the curatorial team at the KIA and teach courses in the Art department, using the collection at the KIA to build her syllabi.
  • Joel Schoon Tanis | Celebrated painter who has shown his work around the United States — from Michigan to Florida to Colorado to Washington D.C.. Joel has also shown his work as far away as Kenya where he did an art show in Nairobi to raise money for the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife.
  • Taylor Smith and Stephen Smith | Own and operate the recently-opened Muse GR, a synergistic space for creatives to teach, learn, and gather.  In addition to their work at Muse GR, Taylor Smith is writer for the marketing and communications team of World Renew and Stephen Smith owns the photography company Executive Visions and works in Grand Rapids Public Schools.
  • Michael Burmeister | Holds an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and a BAA in Fine Arts with a major in Photography and minor in Art History from Central Michigan University. Michael is currently the Owner and Director of Button Gallery in Douglas, MI. Previously as Adjunct Professor and Exhibition Preparator, Michael taught numerous Fine Art courses and worked on highly exclaimed exhibitions in both Pennsylvania and Illinois. His work has been exhibited regionally and nationally at colleges and universities, galleries and museums.

Part II of the session features an interactive workshop facilitated by Alaina Clarke. Alaina will work with participants to create a viable base for selling their artwork. It will begin by identifying what participants sell and why they are selling it. All participants will walk away with storytelling tactics, worksheets to help with pricing work, and the confidence to connect with prospective clients.

Alaina Clarke has her BFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry and holds her Masters degree in Public Administration: Nonprofit Management and Leadership. Past organizations include Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Grand Valley, West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology, and The Society of North American Goldsmiths. Alaina is passionate about creating a diverse and inclusive environment for all creative practitioners through education and dialogue.

Artist Week Happy Hour 
Thursday, September 20 • 4-6 p.m. @ The Clubhouse

Enjoy a drink on us and network with other ArtPrize artists & venues. 

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