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"House," ArtPrize Top 20 finalist, on display at Frederik Meijer Gardens until Jan. 4

Submitted 10-20-2014 under OPINION

Osman Kahn's "House," an Artprize entry in the 3-D category and Top 20 finalist, will remain on display at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park until January 4, 2015.

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Talking about mental illness

Submitted 10-20-2014 under OPINION

Raising awareness for mental illness starts in our community and our own homes

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Lead poisoning prevention as economic development

Submitted 10-17-2014 under NONPROFITS

We must remain vigilant about preventing lead poisoning in our community's children. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure - now, and in the future.

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ArtPrize examined from a youth perspective

Submitted 10-14-2014 under NONPROFITS

Youth reporters from the Andy Angelo Press Club visited ArtPrize 2014 and reflect on their experience.

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Calling out the Emperor: Awards and Recognition in Grand Rapids

Submitted 10-13-2014 under OPINION

Are awards the best way to recognize impactful work in our community?

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The Battle Against Global Warming: What's Our Moral Responsibility?

Submitted 10-13-2014 under NONPROFITS

For millions of subsistence farmers in Kenya climate change is not a political debate. It is a reality in which adaptation can mean the difference between life and death. Join us for a conversation about the urgent situation and what our responsibility is as a global church.

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"Intersections" artist explores layers of meaning in prize-winning piece

Submitted 10-13-2014 under OPINION

Anila Quayyum Agha's work tied for the Juried Grand Prize and took home the Public Vote Grand Prize in this year's ArtPrize. Her study of cultural differences and exclusion play deeply into the meaning of the work.

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I don't like it: How not to form critical discourse about art

Submitted 10-08-2014 under OPINION

When we talk about art, I have just one rule: you can't just say "I like it" or "I don't like it." Quality art criticism is not about being honest for the enjoyment of honesty alone- it is about helping the viewer and the artist.

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Battling to get deeper: "Reciprocity" finds favor with public vote

Submitted 10-07-2014 under OPINION

Marc Sijan's work, a contender as one of the public vote finalists, tells the story of his relationship with his father. Why do we- the public, children, parents- connect with this work?

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Experts take to panel to discuss both public, juried top 20

Submitted 10-07-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

On Monday, October 6 art experts lead the conversation around the public and juried top 20 ArtPrize candidates for 3-dimensional and time-based categories.

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