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ArtPrize names winners

October 8, 2018
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One of the many scenes from "brown, carmine, and blue." by Le’Andra LeSeur — the juried winner of ArtPrize 10. Photo via artprize.org

The winners of ArtPrize 10 have been crowned.

A total of $487,500 was awarded after 253,161 votes were cast in the 19-day competition.

The winners of the public vote and juried vote each received $200,000.

Chelsea Nix and Mariano Cortez from Fort Wayne, Indiana won the public vote grand prize for “THE STRING PROJECT.” The husband-and-wife duo’s 2-D entry features photographs from Africa, Europe, Asia, North America and Latin America.

“We feel that besides our cultural and physical differences, there are essential things that are similar in all human beings that connect us and make us more similar than we think," Nix said.

The time-based entry “brown, carmine, and blue.” by Le’Andra LeSeur of Jersey City, New Jersey won the juried vote grand prize.

“’brown, carmine, and blue.’ is a reflection of my undying quest to break down power constructs that have continuously ostracized the very things that I identify with: blackness, queerness and my femininity,” LeSeur said. “I am concerned with the spectacle that has ensued as a reaction to black joy and black trauma, simultaneously, and how this has further created generalizations of what blackness truly is.”

The remaining $87,500 was divided among the winning public vote and juried vote entries in each of the competition's four categories: 2-D, 3-D, installation and time-based. Each category winner, except the grand prize winners, and the outstanding venue winner received $12,500.

Going forward, ArtPrize will become a biennial event. Next year, ArtPrize will roll out a new event called Project 1, where small group of artists will present public art projects. In 2020, ArtPrize will be back. 

2-D

Public Vote: “THE STRING PROJECT” by Chelsea Nix and Mariano Cortez (Fort Wayne, Indiana) at DeVos Place Convention Center

Juried Vote: “PULSE Nightclub: 49 Elegies” by John Gutoskey (Ann Arbor) at Grand Rapids Art Museum

3-D

Public Vote: “The Phoenix” by Joe Butts (Oxford) at Amway Grand Plaza

Juried Vote: “108 Death Masks: A Communal Prayer for Peace and Justice” by Nikesha Breeze (Taos, New Mexico) at DeVos Place Convention Center

Installation

Public Vote: “Sonder” by Megan Constance Altieri (Grand Rapids) at Grand Rapids Public Museum

Juried Vote: “Heidlbergology; 2+2=8” by Tyree Guyton Heidelberg Project (Detroit) at SITE:LAB

Time-based

Public vote: “Moving Experience” by #shangled (Sparta) at Grand Rapids Police Department

Juried vote: “brown, carmine, and blue.” by Le’Andra LeSeur (Jersey City, New Jersey) at SITE:LAB

Outstanding Venue

Juried vote: Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives

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