Fall seems to have come late this year. Nearly mid-way through October, we have still not seen the dramatic colors we associate with the season. But,with just a little looking you can see the signs – mist hanging over the lakes and rivers as the cold air meets the warm water, and touches of color just beginning to take hold. (Click on photos for larger view.)
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.
The official ArtPrize site is www.artprize.org.
This evening it was announced that Brooklyn Artist Ran Ortner was the winner of ArtPrize 2009 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Ortner won for his painting “Open Water number 24.” Ortner’s piece was selected in a vote by the public in a competition that featured 1,262 artists. Here is a slideshow showing each of the top 10 finalists.