ArtPrize 2010 Winner: “Cavalry, American Officers, 1921”

On Thursday, October 7, ArtPrize announced the winner of the popular vote in the 2010 competition. The $250,000 first prize went to Grand Rapids artist Chris LaPorte. LaPorte teaches art at Aquinas College. The winning work, “Cavalry, American Officers, 1921” is a photorealistic pencil drawing of a gathering of World War I officers.  It took LaPorte over 800 hours to complete the work, which measures 29 feet by 8 feet.

Here are my photos of the winning work.


Here is a 90-second interview of Chris LaPorte.

90 Second Interviews with ArtPrize Finalists by Brian Kelly

Brian Kelly is a photographer in Grand Rapids who does a wonderful job creating 90-second videos about ArtPrize and its participants.  He is in the process of completing 90 second interviews with the 10 finalists in the competition. Here is his interview of Chris LaPorte, whose piece “Cavalry, American Officers, 1921” has been drawing crowds at the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

So far, Brian has also posted interviews with finalists David Spriggs, Beili Liu and Young Kim.

ArtPrize 2010: The Neighborhoods and the Venues

Like last year, ArtPrize has divided the central core of the city into 5 neighborhoods: Westside, City Center, Monroe North, Heartside and Hillside. ArtPrize will hold “Neighborhood Days” and “Neighborhood Parties,” to encourage people to view each of the neighborhoods.  This is a great idea. Last year, many people failed to get out of downtown to see some of the great art that was on display. For information on the neighborhoods, visit the ArtPrize site by clicking here. Here is a map showing the boundaries of the neighborhoods in the city’s core:


In addition, this year, ArtPrize has established the Fredrik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park as a venue and an Exhibition Center. Each Exhibition Center will exhibit over 25 artists selected by a curator from a regional cultural institution. There are 7 Exhibition Centers, including:

ArtPrize is Back for 2010

ArtPrize, a one-of-a-kind art competition that started in Grand Rapids in 2009, is back again, bigger and better.  Over 1700 artists will display their work at over 190 venues in and around Grand Rapids from September 22 to October 10.  Over $450,000 in prizes will be awarded by a vote of the people, including a grand prize of $250,000.  It is not about the money, though.  Only 10 will finish in the money.  It is about art engaging the community.  It is an extraordinary event, the brainchild of Rick DeVos. It is generously supported by the Dick & Betsy DeVos Foundation.

Here are some of my photos of ArtPrize 2010.  Keep coming back.  This portfolio will grow over the next three weeks.

My photos are posted here on Flickr.  You can also view photos from ArtPrize 2009 by clicking here.

The official ArtPrize site is

ArtPrize 2010: “Play Me I’m Yours” by Luke Jerram

One of the ArtPrize 2010 entries that I am eagerly anticipating is Luke Jerram’s “Play Me I’m Yours.”  I have blogged about this exhibit before (click here).  Jerram places pianos around a city. Each piano is labeled, “Play Me I’m Yours.”  He has done this in London, Sidney, Sao Paulo, New York City, among others and now he’s bringing his pianos to Grand Rapids 

The results elsewhere have been fantastic fun!  Here’s just one example.

The ArtPrize organization says Art = Community.”  “Art is the focus of the competition, but the main event is community.” Well, “Play Me I’m Yours” will give the community a chance to engage art and each other.  I can’t wait.