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ArtPrize Eight reveals 20 public vote finalists

October 3, 2016
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ArtPrize Eight officials reveal the final 20 entries for the public vote. Courtesy ArtPrize

The votes have been tallied, and the 20 ArtPrize Eight public vote finalists have emerged.

The 20 finalists were pared down from 1,453 eligible works during the first round of public voting, which concluded at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday night. Five entries were selected from each category: 2-D, 3-D, Installation and Time Based.

The finalists represent 15 venues across the ArtPrize district, with no more than two entries at any one venue, reflecting a modification to the rules added earlier this year.

ArtPrize said 31,744 visitors cast 336,334 votes for their favorite art during the first round of voting.

The finalists are now eligible to earn the public’s vote in round two, which concludes Thursday at 11:59 p.m., with the chance of winning more than $200,000 in cash.

The winners of both the public vote and juried awards will be announced at the eighth-annual ArtPrize Awards ceremony on Friday.

The 20 finalists "will spark new conversations around what contemporary art can be and why it’s important,” said Christian Gaines, executive director, ArtPrize.

Public vote finalists


"Ashes to Ashes" at The B.O.B. by Jacqueline Gilmore from Rockford

"Portraits of Light and Shadow" at DeVos Place Convention Center by Joao Paulo Goncalves from Pompano Beach, Florida

"Continental U.S." at Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum by Valerie Hollstein from Salt Lake City, Utah

"Sand Sturgeon" at Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum by Gary Moran from New York, New York

"Protect and Serve" at The B.O.B. by Andrew J. Woodstock from Plainwell


"VICTORY" at Homewood Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids Downtown & Jam'n Bean Coffee Company at the Waters Center by THE CHAIRMen from Centennial, Colorado

"Wounded Warrior Dogs" at Amway Grand Plaza by James Mellick from Milford Center, Ohio

"Imagine If" at Amway Grand Plaza by Robin Protz from New Hartford, Connecticut

"Invasive Species" at Barnes & Thornburg LLP by Shiny Seed from Ann Arbor

"One Thousand Shacks" at Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts by Tracey Snelling from Oakland, California


"Sweet Spot" at Brush Studio by Causey Daniell Studio from Indianapolis, Indiana

"Ditch Lily Drawing" at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park by Nathan Lareau from Grand Rapids

"The Butterfly Effect" at DeVos Place Convention Center by Pettit Smith from Durango, Colorado

"Rock Around" at Grand Rapids Children's Museum by Aaron Zenz from Spring Lake

"250 prepared ac-motors, 325kg roof laths, 1.0km rope" at SiTE:LAB | Rumsey St. Project by Zimoun from Bern, Switzerland

Time Based

"Sweeper's Clock" at Grand Rapids Art Museum by Maarten Baas from Den Bosch, North Brabant, Netherlands

"Hoot" at Courtyard Marriott Downtown by Laurel Bahe from Colorado Springs, Colorado

"Higher Ground" at Grand Rapids Art Museum by Hillerbrand+Magsamen from Houston, Texas

"Emoh: sculpture / time capsule & temporary home" at Kilwins Chocolates & Ice-Cream @ McKay Tower — Rosa Parks by Loren Naji from Cleveland, Ohio

"Trout Bike" at Peppinos Pizzeria & Sports Grille by Andrew Rockwood from Traverse City

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