Grand Prize

Public Vote Grand Prize $200,000

THE STRING PROJECT

Chelsea Nix & Mariano Cortez

A series of portraits from five continents that together represent humanity’s shared connection in a stunning and visual representation of hope, empathy and compassion.

Shown at
DeVos Place Convention Center
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2-D
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Jurors’ Grand Prize $200,000

Jurors: Brooke Davis Anderson, Lauren Haynes, Ran Ortner

brown, carmine, and blue.

Le'Andra LeSeur

A multimedia piece, which is a reflection of the artist’s intent to break down power constructs that have continuously ostracized the very things she identifies with: blackness, queerness, and her femininity.

Shown at
SiTE:LAB
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Time-Based
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Two-Dimensional

Two-Dimensional Public Vote Award $12,500

THE STRING PROJECT

Chelsea Nix & Mariano Cortez

A series of portraits from five continents that together represent humanity’s shared connection in a stunning and visual representation of hope, empathy and compassion.

Shown at
DeVos Place Convention Center
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Two-Dimensional Juried Award $12,500

Juror: Dexter Wemberly

PULSE Nightclub: 49 Elegies

John Gutoskey

A series of individual prints made to honor and commemorate each of the 49 people who died at PULSE Nightclub in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016.

Shown at
Grand Rapids Art Museum
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Three-Dimensional

Three-Dimensional Public Vote Award $12,500

The Phoenix

Joe Butts

Phoenixes are said to burn and rise from the ashes to live again. This piece was created for everyone who has ever been knocked down and been able to rise up against the odds and succeed.

Shown at
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
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Three-Dimensional Juried Award $12,500

Juror: Rebecca Carbin

108 Death Masks: A Communal Prayer for Peace and Justice

Nikeha Breeze

A series of 108 individually hand-sculpted clay masks, created one at a time, in honor of the countless lives lost in black, brown, and indigenous communities around the world, due to systemic racial violence and oppression.

Shown at
DeVos Place Convention Center
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Time-Based

Time-Based Public Vote Award $12,500

Moving Experience

#shangled

Inspired by living statues that look like illustrations from the page of a book, the character in Moving Experience appears to have escaped from the pages of his comic book.

Shown at
Grand Rapids Police Department
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Time-Based Juried Award $12,500

Juror: Alex Greenberger

brown, carmine, and blue.

Le'Andra LeSeur

A multimedia piece, which is a reflection of the artist’s intent to break down power constructs that have continuously ostracized the very things she identifies with: blackness, queerness, and her femininity.

Shown at
SiTE:LAB
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Installation

Installation Public Vote Award $12,500

Sonder

Megan Constance Altieri

“Sonder” illustrates the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as our own. In our awareness of even a single other person, we begin to grasp the magnitude of the 7.6 billion coexisting realities as well as specific and important as one another.

Shown at
Grand Rapids Public Museum
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Installation Juried Award $12,500

Juror: Carmen Hermo

Heidelbergology; 2+2=8

Tyree Guyton Heidelberg Project

In 2013, the “Obstruction of Justice” located at the Heidelberg Project in Detroit, was a structure targeted by arsonists. It was set ablaze twice and was rebuilt twice by Tyree Guyton. He called the new work “A New Beginning,” which remains a poignant example of the resiliency that inspired Guyton to reclaim his Detroit neighborhood over 30 years ago.

Shown at
SiTE:LAB
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Outstanding Venue

Outstanding Venue Juried Award $12,500

Juror: Kim Nguyen

Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives

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