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ArtPrize names public vote finalists

October 6, 2014
| By Pat Evans |
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ArtPrize names public vote finalists
The ArtPrize 2014 entry "Gabriella," by Armin Mersmann, is at the Amway Grand Plaza. Photo via

Eight of the public vote finalists for ArtPrize 2014 hail from the region.

ArtPrize revealed yesterday its 20 public vote finalists across four categories: 2-D, 3-D, time based and installation.

During the first 11 days of ArtPrize 2014, more than 352,732 votes were cast by 37,283 spectators.

One of the public vote finalists will win a $200,000 Grand Prize Award, while each of the public vote category winners will win $20,000.

Last week, ArtPrize named its juried finalists.

One of the juried finalists will win the $200,000 Juried Grand Prize Award, while each of the juried category winners will win $20,000.

One of this year’s artists, Anila Quayyum Agha, has been named both a juried and public vote finalist. Agha’s piece, “Intersections,” can be found at the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

The winners of the public vote and juried divisions will be named on Oct. 10.

“Throngs of curious visitors encounter and consider work of contemporary art during ArtPrize,” said Christian Gaines, executive director, ArtPrize. “It’s a phenomenon that happens nowhere else on the planet. The public vote at ArtPrize is the ultimate catalyst for visitor involvement, inspiring countless conversations around what art is and why it matters.”

ArtPrize 2014 public vote finalists


Frits Hoendervanger, “Autumn’s Passage,” Amway Grand Plaza, Detroit (hometown)
Armin Mersmann, “Gabriella,” Amway Grand Plaza, Midland
Sandra Bryant, “Into the Autumn Woods,” DeVos Place Convention Center, Lynden, Wash.
Gretchyn Lauer, “Outcry,” DeVos Place Convention Center, Grand Rapids
Mark Middleton, “Perspective,” The B.O.B., Petoskey


Marc Sijan, “Reciprocity,” Grand Rapids Art Museum, Milwaukee
Dan Heffron, “Poseidon’s Paradise,” The B.O.B., Manton
Dominic Pangborn, “Michigan in Motion,” DeVos Place Convention Center, Detroit
Jilly Barnes, “Engulfed in Glass,” Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, Pentwater
Kroeze Krew, “The Pond,” Amway Grand Plaza, Grand Rapids

Time based

Nathan Lareau, “Urban Tumbleweed,” Cathedral Square, Grand Rapids
Liz Roberts, “Always Nowhere,” Grand Rapids Art Museum, Delaware, Ohio
Robert Shangle, “Your Move?,” Harris Building, Sparta
NewD Media, “Peralux,” Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Farmington
Carol Roeda, “Color Out the Darkness,” Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, Ada


Anila Quayyum Agha, “Intersections,” Grand Rapids Art Museum, Indianapolis
Ryan Spencer Reed, “Despite Similarities to Reality, This is a Work of Fiction,” Grand Rapids Art Museum, Ludington
Kevin Sudeith, “Grand River Fish Petroglyph,” Grand Rapids Public Museum, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Dave MacKenzie, “Breathe,” The B.O.B., Spring Lake
Solo + Kojima, “A Series of Handmade Japanese Paper Cut Sculptures,” Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, London

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