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ArtPrize names public vote finalists

October 5, 2015
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ArtPrize names public vote finalists
"Maya 7624," made with stainless-steel wire mesh, is an ArtPrize Seven 3-D entry by Seungmo Park at KCAD/Fed Galleries @ KCAD. Photo via artprize.org

ArtPrize has revealed its 20 public vote finalists.

More than 377,000 votes from 30,994 visitors have been cast for this year’s voting.

Four prize winners from 2013 are featured among the finalists for ArtPrize Seven awards.

“The public vote is absolutely vital to the ArtPrize event, as year over year, tens of thousands of visitors take the time to diligently explore hundreds of entries and discover their favorites,” ArtPrize Executive Director Christian Gaines said. “These deliberations reveal new layers of engagement — sparking an often intense and passionate dialogue around why art is important.”

There are five finalists in each category: Two-Dimensional; Three-Dimensional; Time-Based; and Installation.

They’ll all move on with a chance to win more than $200,000 worth of awards.

“Every year, the conversations surrounding the public and juried shortlists evolve and grow, and it’s incredibly inspiring to witness,” ArtPrize Exhibitions Director Kevin Buist said. “ArtPrize is a catalyst for debate and discussion and the dynamic between these differing opinions and selections is often where the most fruitful and intriguing conversations lie."

Round two voting runs through Oct. 8. The winners of the public and juried awards will be announced on Oct. 9.

Two-Dimensional

"As Above" at Grand Rapids Art Museum, by Judith Braun, New York

"Triple Play" at Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, by Anni Crouter, Flint (winner of the 2nd public vote award at ArtPrize 2013)

"michigan petoskey stone" at DeVos Place Convention Center, by Randall Libby, Manistee

"Northwood Awakening" at Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, by Loveless PhotoFiber, Frankfort (winner of the $200,000 ArtPrize 2013 Public Vote Grand Prize)

"In a Promised Land . . . " at DeVos Place Convention Center, by Shawn Michael Warren, Harvey, Ill.

Three-Dimensional

"Greatest Generation/Beta Team/November" at Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, by Fred Cogelow, Willmar, Minn.

"The Race" at DeVos Place Convention Center, by Kurt Swanson, Grand Rapids

"Rolling Down" at Amway Grand Plaza, by Kroeze Krew, Grand Rapids

"Seasons" at Amway Grand Plaza, by Robin Protz, New Hartford, Conn. (winner of the 7th place public vote award at ArtPrize 2013)

"MAYA 7624" at Kendall College of Art & Design/Fed Galleries at KCAD, by Seungmo Park, New Jersey City, N.J.

Installation

"REACH and SPLASH" at Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, by Andy Sacksteder, Port Clinton, Ohio (winner of the 3rd place public vote award at ArtPrize 2013)

"Balancing Act" at Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, by Calvin Babich, Toledo, Ohio

"TIME & AGAIN Grand Rapids" at Amway Grand Plaza, by Midge Bolt, Pepin, Wis. and Doreen Gunnick, Kentwood

"SENSI" at Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, by Gianluca Traina, Ventimiglia de Sicilia, Italy

"The Grand Rapid Tape Drawing" at TowerPinkster, by The Tape Art Crew, Providence, R.I.

Time-Based

"Movement" at Grand Rapids Public Museum, by Craig Merchant, Wyoming

"Whisper" at 250 Monroe, by Emily Kennerk, Zionsville, Ind.

"BREAKTHROUGH" at DeVos Place Convention Center, by Breakthrough Team, Ada

"Hometown Hero" at Amway Grand Plaza, by Pamela Alderman, Grand Rapids

"Symphony of Gestures" at Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, by Sara Dittrich and Benjamin Buchanan, Baltimore

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