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.)
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.
Here is a collection of photographs of the top ten entries in the 2010 ArtPrize Competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Out of 1,713 entries, these are the ten that were selected by a vote of the public. The voting on these ten entries concludes Wednesday, October 5 at 11:59 p.m.
A brief video of photos I took as Jeff Zimmerman completed his ArtPrize entry for 2010.
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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.
I was in Milwaukee last weekend on business. When my business was concluded I had a chance to tour the Milwaukee Art Museum, with its relatively new Quadracci Pavilion, which is stunningly beautiful. Following my tour, I took the high speed ferry across Lake Michigan to Muskegon. It was far better than driving all the way around Lake Michigan.Here are photos from the museum and from the ferry.