Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A&O Curator's reveal their shortlists for ArtPrize Seven

By Ernest O. Disney-Britton

Today, A&O releases its first "Shortlist" for the five artist categories of ArtPrize Seven with two works in each of the categories. ArtPrize is Grand Rapid's, Michigan's radically open $500,000 international art competition decided by public vote and expert jury, and A&O was there September 23-25. The five categories are 2D, 3D, Installation, Time-based, and venue. For the public vote, ArtPrize website's Leaderboard keeps ongoing track of the 25 works in each category generating the highest votes. On Monday night, ArtPrize also hosted its fourth annual Jurors’ Shortlist Event where they revealed the juror's twenty finalists in the running to win the Juried Grand Prize. Below is the A&O Shortlist with an *asterisk for overlaps with the Jurors' Shortlist.

  • "In a Promised Land" at DeVos Place Convention Center by Shawn Michael Warren from Detroit, MI (Ranks in Top 25 for Public Vote)
  • *"Fragile Environments" at First (Park) Congregational, by Diana Wege from New York, NY
  • *"Pulse" at Grand Rapids Art Museum, by Stephen Dean from New York City (Ranks in Top 25 for Public Vote)
  • *"Whisper" at 250 Monroe, by Emily Kennerk from Indianapolis, IN (Ranks in Top 25 for Public Vote)
Outstanding Venue
The ArtPrize awards structure brings parallel tracks of public vote and juried awards totaling $500,000. Two $200,000 awards are decided by public vote and expert jury, and an additional $100,000 in prizes is awarded to the top entries in each category. During the 19 days of the seventh annual event, 1,550 artist entries representing 48 countries and 42 U.S. states are competing for these entry prizes, while 162 venues across Grand Rapids vie for the Outstanding Venue juried award. The winners of both the public vote and juried awards will be announced at the Seventh Annual ArtPrize Awards on October 9.