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We are thrilled to announce the return of this year's jurors for our ArtPrize Juried awards. This panel of jurors will be responsible for awarding a total of $50,000, exclusively sponsored by Haworth, across the four categories of art that are present in ArtPrize 2021 -- 2-D, 3-D, Time-Based, and Installation. Each juror will be responsible for selecting a winner from one category, who will receive $10,000 each and be announced live on WOOD TV8 at 7 p.m. Oct. 1. Here is this year's match up: 

  • 2-D: Omari Rush -- Executive Director of CultureSource in Detroit & the governor-appointed chairman of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs
  • 3-D: Samanth Schefman -- Co-Owner of PLAYGROUND DETROIT, a gallery and creative agency for local artists
  • Time-Based: Asia Hamilton -- Detroit native photojournalist, fine artist and owner of Norwest Gallery
  • Installation: Shannon R. Stratton -- Executive Director of Ox-Bow School of Art 

In addition to the winners of the $10,000 prize, there will be a $2,500 honorable mention for each category. These juried awards are in addition to the $100,000 in prizes awarded by visitors playing the game and the $50,000 Grand Prize winner determined by game interactions. 

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2-D - Omari Rush

This category is for entries that exist primarily on a flat plane. Painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, and most textiles are examples of 2-D work.

Omari Rush has engaged the arts as both a passion and profession, and in each mode, he continues to enjoy discovery and deepening impacts. As executive director of CultureSource in Detroit and as the governor-appointed chairman of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, he advances efforts to have creative expression thrive in diverse communities. Complementing that work, Omari is a board member of Arts Midwest in Minneapolis, the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies in Washington, D.C., and the Lewis Prize for Music.

Omari earned degrees in music from the University of Michigan and Florida State University, and extended his love for learning by completing fellowships with the Salzburg Global Forum and Association of Performing Arts Professionals, by managing the K-12 education program of the University Musical Society (UMS), and by serving on the John F. Kennedy Center's Partners in Education National Advisory Committee.

A lapsed clarinetist, Omari now uses his voice to co-host a monthly arts-focused radio show on NPR affiliate WEMU-FM, and he plays on a Rivendell Clem-L bicycle, which he rides daily on streets and trails.

3-D - Samantha Schefman

This category is for entries that occupy space and are intended to be viewed from multiple angles. Sculptures that are not site-specific belong in the 3-D category.

Born in New York City and raised in Metro Detroit, Schefman received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Metalsmithing from the College for Creative Studies. In 2009, she began designing jewelry and watches for internationally recognized brands Betsey Johnson, Gwen Stefani, and Henri Bendel in New York City’s fashion industry. Her passion and knowledge of the art world led to her role as the Gallery Manager of Mike Weiss Gallery in Chelsea, Manhattan throughout 2014. In 2015, Schefman returned to Detroit to continue her work with PLAYGROUND DETROIT, a gallery and creative agency for local artists located on the edge of Eastern Market. Her passion and knowledge of the city, its residents, and its businesses led to her additional career development as a real estate agent.

Time-Based - Asia Hamilton

This category is for entries that are durational and change over time. The viewer has to spend some time with the work to fully view it. This includes performance, video and film, dance, music, and interactive work. 

 

Detroit native, photographer, fine artist and gallery owner Asia Hamilton has firmly situated herself within black arts’ rich tradition. As a contemporary vision of a long line of Detroit owners and artists, Hamilton has owned and curated events and exhibits for Norwest Gallery of Art since 2018. Masterfully being able to engage her community through exhibition while honoring their visual relevance in her work, Hamilton located her gallery and studio space in the same community as she resides, the Grandmont Rosedale area creating a visually evident hub for artistic expression and collaboration. 

In her 20-year career as a photographer, Asia has captured moments the way they are. She specializes in portraits and textures, and is drawn to existing, untouched composition. Asia’s photography work has taken her around the country and the globe. She has photographed celebrities, worked as a photojournalist for the Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, and produced special projects for Plante Moran, Ford Motor Co, Toyota, Instyle Magazine, and more.

Inspired by textures around the Detroit area, Asia founded Zen Lux, a luxury interior brand launching Summer 2022. Hamilton photographs textures arranging shape, color, and form to create a composition that resembles abstract paintings. The final piece incorporates fragments of a building with a mixture of nature and extravagance to conceive her wallpaper and home decor collection. Hamilton consistently offers a powerful and intoxicatingly look at urban fabrics and has now made it widely available for your homes, businesses, and real estate.

Hamilton also serves on the City of Detroit Entertainment Commission as a commissioner for District 1. 

Installation - Shannon R. Stratton

This category is for entries that are dependent on the site in which they are installed. The location is not a neutral ground, but makes up an important ingredient of the work. Installation is different from 3-D in that changing the location of the piece would dramatically change the work.

With a background in fiber art and painting, Shannon Stratton has spent the majority of her career in creative arts administration with a focus on artist-run practice. She co-founded Threewalls in 2003 where she was Executive and Creative Director until 2015. Currently she is Executive Director of Ox-Bow School of Art, a historic summer school for the visual arts in West Michigan known for their progressive arts education, intergenerational and multidisciplinary community and Friday night costume parties. She has been an active curator for over 20 years, working collaboratively with artists to produce exhibitions at venues and institutions of all scales. Her favorite exhibitions have been those that immerse people in sonic environments, provide sensory juxtaposition or work with and interpret unusual collections. She served for four years as Chief Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York and as John Michael Kohler's interim Senior Curator as well as producing numerous exhibitions and events as an independent curator. She has a writing-based studio practice, whether taking the form of performative lecture, poetic non-fiction, or mark-making as journaling. 

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