ArtPrize Awards Concludes Event’s Fourth Annual Competition
ArtPrize, the radically open, international art competition and social experiment, tonight awarded $560,000 in cash prizes to the artists of 16 installations, concluding the 19-day event. Ten awards were decided in an epic, 16-day public voting process, while a panel of internationally renowned arts professionals decided six winners.
The top winners included Adonna Khare from Burbank, Calif. for her large-scale graphite on paper drawing, Elephants, which took the $200,000, publicly decided ArtPrize Award, and Design 99 from Detroit, Mich., for Displacement (13208 Klinger St), a found artifacts installation, which was awarded the first-ever, $100,000 Juried Grand Prize.
With its public voting and juried awards, ArtPrize 2012 explored the tension between the professional and populist in an epic conversation that was its largest to date. 47,160 people cast 412,560 votes in ArtPrize 2012, the largest voter base for an art competition ever. An estimated 400,000 total visitors came to Grand Rapids and experienced the fourth annual competition.
“The only way to discover good ideas is to generate lots of them by lots of people, and the ArtPrize Awards are designed to be a catalyst that help generate thousands of ideas,” said Rick DeVos founder and chairman of ArtPrize. “Our society needs more people to have ideas of all kinds, so we can make better things and make things better.”
Rounding out the top three public vote winners included Martijn van Wagtendonk of Colbert, Ga. for Song of Lift, a kinetic sculpture involving mechanical birds, light and Henryk Górecki’s Symphony No. 3, "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs;” and Frits Hoendervanger of Detroit, Mich. for his painting, Rebirth of Spring. Van Vagtendonk and Hoendervanger will receive $75,000 and $50,000, respectively.
“The experience of ArtPrize 2012 is that the opinions of people from all backgrounds are respected with arts professionals and the public standing on equal ground,” added DeVos.
Before the 2012 event, ArtPrize significantly increased the stature of the awards decided by a panel of jurors. Each juror was responsible for narrowing the long list of 1,517 artists to five, and then selecting a winner.
Juried award winners, who each received $20,000 include:
|Two-Dimensional||Alois Kronschlaeger||Brooklyn, N.Y.||Habitat|
|Three-Dimensional||ABCD 83||Chicago, Ill.||More or Less|
|Time/Performance||Complex Movements||Detroit, Mich.||Three Phases|
|Urban Space||Dale Rogers||Haverhill, Ma.||Flight|
|Venue||Paul Amenta||Grand Rapids, Mich.||SiTE:LAB|
|Ox-Bow Residency||Ann Morton||Phoenix, Ariz.||Collective Cover Project|
The jury panel included:
|Juried Grand Prize||Jerry Saltz||Senior Art Critic, New York Magazine|
|Tom Eccles||Director, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College|
|Theaster Gates||Chicago-based artist and community activist|
|Two-Dimensional Work||Tyler Green||Editor, Modern Art Notes; Columnist, Modern Painters|
|Three-Dimensional Work||Lisa Frieman||Chair, Contemporary Department, Indianapolis Museum of Art|
|Time/Performance-Based Work||Cathy Edwards||Director of Performance Programs, the International Festival of Arts & Ideas|
|Use of Urban Space||Susan Szenasy||Editor in Chief, Metropolis magazine|
|Outstanding Venue||Tom Eccles||Director, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College|
The remaining popular vote award winners, who each received $5,000, included:
|Richard Morse||Fennville, Mich.||Stick-to-it-ive-ness: Unwavering pertinacity; perseverance|
|Mark Carpenter, Dan Johnson||Grand Rapids, Mich.||Lights in the Night|
|Dan Heffron||Traverse City, Mich.||Life in Wood|
|Kumi Yamashita||Brooklyn, N.Y.||Origami|
|Dennis Harris||Marlette, Mich.||The Chase|
|Sandra Bryant||Lynden, Wa.||Return to Eden|
|Chris LaPorte||Grand Rapids, Mich.||City Band|
ArtPrize 2012 began Sept. 19 with 1,517 installations by 1,717 artists from 46 countries and 41 U.S. states and territories. Each coordinated independently with one of 161 venues within a three-square-mile district in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Hundreds of thousands of people made their way to Grand Rapids to create a critical dialog about contemporary art. For more information, including a complete list of artists and their corresponding venues, visit www.artprize.org.
The ArtPrize event is a radically open, international art competition and social experiment. It invites artists to try out new ideas on a large and diverse population of people. It seeks to broaden the critical dialog around contemporary art by awarding the world’s largest art prize, at $560,000. Registered artists and venues match themselves at artprize.org, and the public votes for the winners using mobile devices and the Web. ArtPrize 2012 included 1,517 entries from 46 countries and 41 U.S. states and territories, as well as 400,000 active participants. Since its inception, individuals of all backgrounds have cast more than 1.6 million votes for public art.
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