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Critical Discourse—an event within an event powered by ITC, Your Energy Superhighway—returns for ArtPrize Seven, bringing a week of exploration, interpretation, and debate, as well as public and expert opinion about what art is and why it matters. Here's this year's lineup:

Juror’s Shortlist Event | September 28 @ 7 p.m., The HUB

The jurors of the category awards will each present and discuss a list of five nominees for their awards. This lively and informative event is a chance to hear the jurors’ perspectives. Hosted and broadcast live by WOOD TV8.

Jurors speaking include Justine Ludwig, 2-D, Director of Exhibitions / Senior Curator at Dallas Contemporary; Sarah Urist Green, 3-D, Indianapolis-based curator, creator and host of The Art Assignment; Shari Frilot, Time-Based, Los Angeles-based Senior Programmer of Sundance Film Festival and Curator of New Frontier at Sundance; Robin Cembalest, Installation, Editor and Art Critic; Stephen Matijcio, Outstanding Venue, Cincinnati-based Curator at the Contemporary Arts Center.

Seating at 6:15 p.m., starts at 7 p.m. sharp. Priority seating for ArtFans and ArtClub members available until seats are full or 6:45 p.m.

Unapologetically Midwest: Artist-Run Art Spaces | September 29 @ 7 p.m, The HUB

Rather than flock to coastal art centers, these Midwestern artists fulfilled their need for institutional support by building new art spaces and exhibition programs within their own communities. Hear from the producers behind the most innovative artist-run art spaces in Detroit, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, and Grand Rapids.

Speakers include Robert Elmes, Director of Galapagos Art Space, Detroit; Jehra Patrick, Program Director for mnartists.org, founder of Waiting Room, Minneapolis; Mike Wolf, member of the DAAC, Grand Rapids; Alexander Herzog, co-director of The Suburban, Milwaukee.

Future Color/Design Trends: Innovation and Impact | October 1, 7 p.m @ The HUB

When engaging in today’s highly visual world, it's important to understand what is driving the most relevant color/design trends. How do color/design trends originate? What are the most meaningful color palette and style indicators? Where are they going in future? Come join Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, color/design consultant, educator, forecaster, and author of nine books on color as she shares her insights and expertise. 

Reflecting the Times: Art & Activism | October 2, 7 p.m @ The HUB

Art is always mirrored the times in which it is created. Sometimes artworks can become prophetic artifacts, an indication of what’s to come. This panel will provide a space for dialogue with esteemed artists rooted in both art and activism. Speakers will address important contemporary social justice efforts such as #BlackLivesMatter, and how art is situated at the forefront of these movements.

Speakers include Taylor Aldridge, co-founder of ARTS.BLACK, Detroit; Jessica Lynne, co-founder of ARTS.BLACK, New York; Suhaly Bautista-Carolina, Engagement & Education Manager at Creative Time, New York; Dread Scott, artist, New York.

Why These Finalists?

Part 1 - October 5, 7 p.m @ The HUB

Part 2 - October 6, 7 p.m @ The HUB

Broadcast live on WOOD TV8, a panel of three art experts will discuss half of the public and juried finalists in a lively, humorous, and irreverent debate. Seating at 6:15 p.m., the event starts at 7 p.m. sharp. Priority seating for ArtFans and ArtClub members available until seats are full or 6:45 p.m.

Panelists for part 1 include Jillian Steinhauer, senior editor of Hyperallergic, New York; Lisa Freiman, director of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Institute for Contemporary Art, Richmond; Anila Quayyum Agha, artist and 2014 ArtPrize winner, Indianapolis.

Panelists for part 2 include Sarah Schultz, independent curator, New York; Crimson Rose, co-founder of Burning Man, the Black Rock Arts Foundation and Burning Man Project, San Francisco; Edward Winkleman, writer and gallery owner, New York.

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