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GRAND RAPIDS (Mich.) SEPTEMBER 24, 2018 — ArtPrize, the international art competition recognized as one of the world’s largest annual public art events, tonight hosted the seventh annual Jurors’ Shortlist Event—kicking off the ArtPrize Studio Series, powered by ITC, Your Energy Superhighway. Four ArtPrize 10 category award jurors revealed their shortlists of five artist entries in the categories of 2D, 3D, Installation and Time-Based. These twenty finalists will join the twenty public vote finalists, to be announced on September 30, and will be in the running for $500,000 in prizes — including two $200,000 Grand Prizes and $100,000 in Category Awards. A fifth category award juror selected five ArtPrize venues to compete for the $12,500 Outstanding Venue juried award. The juried category award and Grand Prize winners will be announced at the Tenth Annual ArtPrize Awards on October 5 — broadcast live on local NBC affiliate, WOOD TV8.

The $200,000 Juried Grand Prize will be decided by a panel of three jurors including Brooke Davis Anderson, Edna S. Tuttleman Director at the Museum at PAFA; Lauren Haynes, Curator of Contemporary Art at Crystal Bridges Museum of Contemporary Art; and Ran Ortner, Artist, $250,000 Winner of ArtPrize 2009.

“The ArtPrize jurors each lend a unique perspective to the event, elevating works from among this years’ entrants that are collectively stunning and challenging,” said Kevin Buist, ArtPrize Artistic Director. “As Round 1 of the public vote continues, these nominees will encourage visitors to look more deeply at the range of entries spread across ArtPrize 10.”

Tonight the five category award jurors took to the ArtPrize Studio stage to reveal their shortlisted picks within their respective categories. In no particular order, they are as follows:


Juror: Dexter Wemberly, Independent Curator
Presented by: Western Michigan University


Juror: Rebecca Carbin, Principal at Art + Public UnLtd
Presented by: Haworth


Juror: Carmen Hermo, Associate Curator at the Brooklyn Museum Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art


Juror: Alex Greenberger, Senior Editor at ARTnews
Presented by: X-Rite Pantone

  • C R O S S R O A D by Crossroad Collective at SITE:LAB (Detroit, MI)
  • Consequence by Brianna Lynn Hernandez Baurichter at The Bend Gallery (West Allis, WI)
  • brown, carmine, and blue. by Le'Andra LeSeur at SITE:LAB (Jersey City, NJ)
  • Disabled Country by Neil Marcus at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park (Berkeley, CA)
  • No Names by Niskanen & Salo at Grand Rapids Art Museum (Helsinki, Finland)

Outstanding Venue

Juror: Kim Nguyen, Curator & Head of Programs at CCA Wattis Institute
Presented by: Wolverine Worldwide

The $500,000 in cash prizes is awarded equally by public vote and expert jury through two rounds. The first round narrows the field of 1,263 artist entries, representing 40 countries and 41 US states, installed at 168 venues throughout Grand Rapids to a set of up to forty finalists — twenty decided by public vote and twenty by expert jury.

Round 1 Voting, during which the public may vote for as many artists as they choose to determine the Public Vote Final 20, will continue until September 29 at 11:59 p.m. ET.


Photo by Vativ Media, taken on ArtPrize 10 Opening Day

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