ArtPrize http://michiganradio.org en Big changes coming to ArtPrize this year http://michiganradio.org/post/big-changes-coming-artprize-year <p>ArtPrize, the annual art competition in Grand Rapids, will still award $560,000 this year, but professional jurors will now have a bigger say in who gets the money.</p><p>The people who visit ArtPrize and register to vote have always decided the winner. But this year there will be two top prizes, each worth $200,000. One will go to the top vote-getter. The other winner will be decided by three art jurors.</p><p>Dana Friis-Hansen heads the Grand Rapids Arts Museum. He thinks the change&nbsp;will attract more professional artists to ArtPrize.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 16:58:27 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16742 at http://michiganradio.org Big changes coming to ArtPrize this year Quilt depicting Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore wins top prize at ArtPrize 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/quilt-depicting-sleeping-bear-dunes-national-lakeshore-wins-top-prize-artprize-2013 <p><strong>Update 11:15 p.m.</strong></p><p>A giant quilt depicting the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore won the top prize in the Grand Rapids-based ArtPrize competition Friday night.</p><p>Ann Loveless, of Frankfort Michigan, made the quilt.</p><p>Past ArtPrize winners have included paintings, pencil drawings, and mosaics. This year&rsquo;s is a super detailed quilt that looks like a photo of a fabulous sunset at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. It&rsquo;s 20 feet&nbsp;wide and 5 feet tall.</p> Sat, 05 Oct 2013 00:54:52 +0000 Lindsey Smith 14733 at http://michiganradio.org Quilt depicting Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore wins top prize at ArtPrize 2013 When a wounded vet designs clothing, it looks like this http://michiganradio.org/post/when-wounded-vet-designs-clothing-it-looks <p>When a veteran comes home from war with an obvious injury, like a missing arm, they know they&#39;ll have to talk about it.</p><p>Some vets get so used to telling that war wound story, it becomes almost routine.</p><p>What&rsquo;s harder to talk about, and to understand, are the invisible injuries.</p><p>That&#39;s why a nonprofit called Fashion Has Heart is pairing wounded vets with graphic designers.</p><p>Together, they create t-shirts and combat boots that reflect each vet&#39;s experience.</p><p>And right now they&rsquo;re on display at ArtPrize, where anybody can buy - and wear - the results.</p><p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Kate Wells 14686 at http://michiganradio.org When a wounded vet designs clothing, it looks like this Yes, even ArtPrize affected by potential federal shutdown http://michiganradio.org/post/yes-even-artprize-affected-potential-federal-shutdown <p><br />The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum&#39;s employees have been &quot;busting their tails&quot; to make&nbsp;ArtPrize&nbsp;go smoothly, in the words of one&nbsp;ArtPrize&nbsp;organizer.</p><p>It&#39;s their big spotlight: last year, some 195,000 visitors trooped through the museum to check out the&nbsp;ArtPrize&nbsp;entries housed in the Ford. Even more visitors are expected this year, according to one museum official.</p><p>But now, with a government shutdown just hours away, the Ford museum could go dark at midnight tonight.</p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 21:05:52 +0000 Kate Wells 14653 at http://michiganradio.org Yes, even ArtPrize affected by potential federal shutdown Top 10 finalists of ArtPrize announced http://michiganradio.org/post/top-10-finalists-artprize-announced <p>Hundreds of people flooded downtown Grand Rapids over the weekend to hear <a href="http://www.artprize.org/entries/?promoted=top-10">the top 10 finalists&nbsp;</a>of this year&rsquo;s ArtPrize announced.</p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 11:33:56 +0000 Kate Wells 14636 at http://michiganradio.org Top 10 finalists of ArtPrize announced Stateside for Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-wednesday-september-18th-2013 <p>More than 1,500 works of art, with more than 160 venues, and 47 countries represented. Those are just a few statistics of this year's ArtPrize in Grand Rapids opening today with some 400,000 expected visitors to the city. Michigan Radio's Lindsey Smith was on the scene, and we spoke to her as well as the new Executive Director of ArtPrize.</p><p>And, Congressman Justin Amash has decided not to run for U.S. senate. What does this decision mean for the rest of the candidates?</p><p>The University of Michigan announced earlier that they will now offer in-state tuition to undocumented students. We talked with Serena Davila, the executive director for Legislative Affairs for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, about what this means for the students.</p><p>Also, how well are health care systems in the U.S. working? A new report by the Commonwealth Fund gave us some answers.</p><p>And, the small town of Colon in southwest Michigan has been dubbed the “Magic Capital of the World.” We spoke with one resident to find out why that is.</p><p>First on the show,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">our weekly check-in with Detroit News Business Columnist Daniel Howes.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And, on the front-burner? The mediation talks between Detroit's Emergency Manager </span>Kevyn<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Orr and dozens and dozens of lawyers representing the city's creditors.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Howes<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> joined us to tell us more about the mediation.</span></p><p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 20:37:16 +0000 Stateside Staff 14487 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 An interview with the new executive director of ArtPrize http://michiganradio.org/post/interview-new-executive-director-artprize <p>Today was the opening day for ArtPrize in Grand Rapids.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">And this year, </span>ArtPrize<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has a new executive director, Christian Gaines. He was formerly with the American Film Institute and IMDB.com.</span></p><p>Christian Gaines joined us today from Grand Rapids to talk about this new position and what the event means for the city.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 20:36:12 +0000 Stateside Staff 14486 at http://michiganradio.org An interview with the new executive director of ArtPrize ArtPrize opens today in Grand Rapids http://michiganradio.org/post/artprize-opens-today-grand-rapids <p>Alright, Michigan art lovers, it is time.</p><p>ArtPrize opened today, and for the next 19 days downtown Grand Rapids will be crammed with art from all over the world, and we the public get to decide which artist is going to win the $200,000 top prize.</p><p>This is an art show that Time magazine called one of 5 festive events you won’t want to miss in 2013, and as you might expect, Grand Rapids is buzzing.</p><p>Michigan Radio’s West Michigan reporter Lindsey Smith joined us today from Grand Rapids to talk about the show.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 20:34:42 +0000 Stateside Staff 14484 at http://michiganradio.org ArtPrize opens today in Grand Rapids Artists scramble to put the finishing touches on their pieces for ArtPrize http://michiganradio.org/post/artists-scramble-put-finishing-touches-their-pieces-artprize <p>Art is popping up like mushrooms in downtown Grand Rapids. That’s because <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/artprize">ArtPrize </a>kicks off this week.</p><p>The big winner of the art competition is decided by the hundreds of thousands of people who visit the event and vote. But there are juried awards too. In all more than $500,000 in prize money is up for grabs.</p><p>Norman Wilder has been painting an 18-foot long, 10-foot high mural on the outside wall of a risk management company since last Wednesday.</p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 12:48:02 +0000 Lindsey Smith 14421 at http://michiganradio.org Artists scramble to put the finishing touches on their pieces for ArtPrize ArtPrize seeking pitches from Minnesota, documentary planned http://michiganradio.org/post/artprize-seeking-pitches-minnesota-documentary-planned <p>The organizers behind the annual international ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan are going to Minnesota to seek pitches from the arts community there.</p><p>The person or group with the winning pitch will receive $5,000 to install their work at the Gillett Bridge in Grand Rapids for this year's ArtPrize event, according to the Associated Press.</p><p>ArtPrize organizers say they will hold an "ArtPrize Pitch Night" in Minneapolis. They say the process will be modeled on "5x5" events in Grand Rapids in which entrepreneurs have five minutes to pitch their idea to five judges.</p><p>Here's more from their <a href="http://www.artprize.org/news/artprize-previews-fifth-edition-at-2013-sponsor-event/">website</a>: Wed, 06 Feb 2013 18:44:08 +0000 Mark Brush 11116 at http://michiganradio.org ArtPrize seeking pitches from Minnesota, documentary planned Bar owners won’t let liquor control commission spoil employee appreciation day http://michiganradio.org/post/bar-owners-won-t-let-liquor-control-commission-spoil-employee-appreciation-day <P>Co-owners of Barfly Ventures Mark and Michele Sellers wanted to thank their employees for working their tails off during <A href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/artprize">ArtPrize</A>. So they designated Tuesday as employee appreciation day; whatever alcohol they sold would be split among the employees.</P> <P>But before they opened, Mark Sellers got a call from the liquor control commission. Turns out, the state doesn’t like servers having an incentive to sell lots of alcohol, and it’s against the law.</P> <P>“I can’t really be too mad at them because they gave us a courtesy call in advance and told us ‘hey don’t’ do this or you’re going to get in trouble’. It’d be like if a police officer called you and told you to slow down or he’s going to give you a ticket,” Mark Sellers said.</P> <P>So instead of alcohol sales the Sellers’ will give their employees the food sales, not for just one day but three. They’ll pool the money from food sales at all three Grand Rapids establishments (<A href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=hopcat&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;ved=0CBwQFjAA&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.hopcatgr.com%2F&amp;ei=AmWHUOXtD6nQyAGIwYHABw&amp;usg=AFQjCNHpfYnFW-7F3Kqve-20ypkOGr7M1Q">HopCat</A>, <A href="http://mcfaddensgrandrapids.com/">McFadden’s</A>, and <A href="http://stellasgr.com/">Stella’s Lounge</A>) and split the total among all employees; cooks, servers, busboys, managers, and even HopCat’s official <A href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/cheers-beer-grand-rapids-offers-toast-celebrates-beercity-usa-title">“chief beer geek” I met a couple weeks ago.</A> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 03:53:04 +0000 Lindsey Smith 9590 at http://michiganradio.org Bar owners won’t let liquor control commission spoil employee appreciation day Armed with a sock, a pencil, and an eraser, Adonna Khare wins 2012 ArtPrize (VIDEO) http://michiganradio.org/post/armed-sock-pencil-and-eraser-adonna-khare-wins-2012-artprize-video <p>Adonna Khare won the big $200,000 prize for the 2012 ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids for her pencil drawing 'Elephants.'</p><p>From her <a href="http://www.artprize.org/adonna-khare">ArtPrize profile page</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Raised in a small town in Iowa, I've been drawing my family and animals since I was three. I create using the pencil, the eraser and a sock as my tools. The drawings are not pre-planned rather they evolve through my experiences with people and the absurdities of life.</p></blockquote><p><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/california-art-teacher-and-detroit-duo-win-top-awards-artprize-2012">Michigan Radio's Lindsey Smith reported on the announcement</a> last night.</p><p>Here's a video of her installing her entry at the Grand Rapids Art Museum:</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7V7pF-FvOTo&amp;feature=player_embedded#! Sat, 06 Oct 2012 15:08:59 +0000 Mark Brush 9401 at http://michiganradio.org Armed with a sock, a pencil, and an eraser, Adonna Khare wins 2012 ArtPrize (VIDEO) California art teacher and Detroit duo win top awards in ArtPrize 2012 http://michiganradio.org/post/california-art-teacher-and-detroit-duo-win-top-awards-artprize-2012 <p>A part-time art teacher from Burbank, California won ArtPrize in Grand Rapids Friday night.</p><p>This was the first time Adonna Khare entered the art competition.</p><p>“I’m beyond grateful. I’m excited and completely surprised. But words cannot describe how happy I’m feeling right now,” Khare said.</p> Sat, 06 Oct 2012 04:11:14 +0000 Lindsey Smith 9400 at http://michiganradio.org California art teacher and Detroit duo win top awards in ArtPrize 2012 Tonight's the night! ArtPrize winners to be announced http://michiganradio.org/post/tonights-night-artprize-winners-be-announced <p></p><p>Start practicing your drum rolls, people.&nbsp;</p><p>It's ArtPrize's big night, with some $560,ooo&nbsp;ready to be handed out to the winners in downtown Grand Rapids this evening. &nbsp;</p><p>With voting closed as of midnight today, let's go over the rules one last time: the public votes for one set of winners, and a jury selects their own favorites. Organizers are hoping there'll be some overlap, as they're trying to keep the more avant-garde artists involved in ArtPrize, and not just the big crowd-pleasers.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 21:18:39 +0000 Kate Wells 9396 at http://michiganradio.org Tonight's the night! ArtPrize winners to be announced Loving, loathing and obsession? Must be ArtPrize again (with VIDEO) http://michiganradio.org/post/loving-loathing-and-obsession-must-be-artprize-again-video <p>It's opening night for&nbsp;<em>ArtPrize! The Musical.</em></p><p>“Greetings! I am your humble narrator,” booms a baritone straight out of <em>The Lion King</em>. “My friends, I know it’s hard to recall, but once there was a day with no ArtPrize!”</p><p>Just for a moment, let’s reflect: how many other things do you know that didn’t exist four years ago, but have now given locals enough to love and hate and just generally send up that they’ve got enough material for a one-hour twenty-minute original musical?</p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 20:55:06 +0000 Kate Wells 9353 at http://michiganradio.org Loving, loathing and obsession? Must be ArtPrize again (with VIDEO) Report: Vandal strikes ArtPrize installation last night http://michiganradio.org/post/report-vandal-strikes-artprize-installation-last-night <p>Reports of a vandal striking an art installation last night in Grand Rapids.</p><p>From the <a href="http://www.mlive.com/artprize/index.ssf/2012/10/gowen_artists_artprize_2012_entry_installed_at_downtown_ymca_vandalized_monday_night.html">Grand Rapids Press</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Judy Rogers of Gowen returned to her entry "Love Is..." about 10 p.m. Monday to find the large rotating globe that was installed on the north side of the David D. Hunting YMCA branch knocked over and mangled.</p><p>Witnesses told Grand Rapids police that someone ran up to it and purposefully began hammering at the work of art until the large sphere came off it’s support.</p></blockquote><p>The Press reports this is the second piece of art to be vandalized this year.</p><p>Gowen's entry was constructed using drawings made by elementary school students. The students are scheduled to visit the installation sometime this week. Tue, 02 Oct 2012 14:31:51 +0000 Mark Brush 9328 at http://michiganradio.org Report: Vandal strikes ArtPrize installation last night Michigan Radio Picture Project: ArtPrize and Detroit Design Festival http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-radio-picture-project-artprize-and-detroit-design-festival <p>Michigan Radio’s Picture Project is an experimental blog and forum for photographs that address Michigan people, places, events, and issues.</p><p>See the site for new features on <a href="http://michiganradiopictureproject.org/?page_id=1895">Grand Rapids ArtPrize 2012</a> and <a href="http://michiganradiopictureproject.org/?page_id=1909">Detroit Design Festival 2012</a>.</p><p>Now in its fourth year, ArtPrize is an open art competition sprawling across downtown Grand Rapids--in galleries, on the street, and all over the city.</p> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 17:04:45 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9313 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Radio Picture Project: ArtPrize and Detroit Design Festival ArtPrize founder Rick DeVos announces top ten for 2012 contest http://michiganradio.org/post/artprize-founder-rick-devos-announces-top-ten-2012-contest <p>Voters in ArtPrize have narrowed more than 1,500 works of art down to the top ten. One of the top ten artists will take home the $200,000 top prize later this week.</p><p>This year more than 40,000 people voted (more than 400,000 votes in total so far) for their favorites. Thousands gathered Sunday afternoon to hear ArtPrize founder Rick DeVos list off the ten works of art that got the most votes.</p> Sun, 30 Sep 2012 20:50:17 +0000 Lindsey Smith 9303 at http://michiganradio.org ArtPrize founder Rick DeVos announces top ten for 2012 contest Stateside for Thursday, September 20, 2012 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-september-20-2012 <p>On today's show we talk with Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, Michigan Radio's Tracy Samilton updates on CAW negotiations. We talk with University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman about her upcoming trip to Brazil. We get an update on Michigan wines and the Detroit Film Festival. We talk with Rick Devos about ArtPrize. We visit Ypsilanti and tour "Pianos around Town.</p> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 22:04:21 +0000 Mark Brush 9175 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, September 20, 2012 Stateside: Rick DeVos talks about ArtPrize http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-rick-devos-talks-about-artprize <p>ArtPrize 2012 has opened in Grand Rapids.</p><p>It's the fourth time round for the huge art exhibition and contest. This year, more than 1,500 artists are competing for $560,000 in prize money. And it's all there--from art that inspires to art that could outrage--and it does get folks talking.</p><p>Cyndy spoke with ArtPrize founder Rick DeVos.</p><p>She wanted to know how ArtPrize differs from shows like the Ann Arbor Art Fairs?</p><p>The main difference, he said, was that it’s not specifically a marketplace.</p> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 21:42:52 +0000 Stateside Staff 9174 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Rick DeVos talks about ArtPrize