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ArtPrize 2012: Impressions of a first-time viewer

by (laurelgreen)

Submitted 10-09-2012 under OPINION

I had no idea what to expect when ArtPrize started. Ever since I moved here last November I’d heard the event described in a variety of ways: “It’s like a festival,” “It’s amazing,” “It’s...

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Why ArtPrize needs all kinds of art

by (MattP)

Submitted 10-08-2012 under OPINION

In an article in the Grand Rapids Press, Joseph Becherer makes some intriguing comparisons between ArtPrize and Renaissance Florence. Becherer relates that the Florentine public had a high appreciation for quality in art which “set the...

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Stick-to-it-ive-ness speaks to human struggle, says artist Richard Morse

by (laurelgreen)

Submitted 10-05-2012 under NEWS

Richard Morse’s ArtPrize entry,“Stick-to-it-ive-ness; Unwavering Pertinacity: Perseverance,” or as most people are calling it “the horses in the river” has generated a lot of attention this year. Constructed of wood...

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To make art is to dance naked in public, says art critic and ArtPrize juror Jerry Saltz

by (alexfluegel)

Submitted 10-03-2012 under OPINION

“If you’re gay, you know when you’re young. If you’re a ventriloquist, you know when you’re young. There’s another thing people know they are when they’re young – artists,” Saltz began to...

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Fountain Street Church: Jurors give nod, public not so sure

by (alexfluegel)

Submitted 10-03-2012 under OPINION

Now that the Top Ten has been announced, it’s time to not only check out the entries in the running for the $200,000 cash prize, but also the venues whose work may give you pause for thought and leave you thinking long after you leave. Part of...

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Gerald Ford graffiti resurfaces for ArtPrize

by (laurelgreen)

Submitted 10-01-2012 under OPINION

Grand Rapids’ resident Ford-promoting graffiti artist has emerged once again, but this time the art is sanctioned and is being protected as an ArtPrize entry. “Vandalism” is positioned on the side of The B.O.B. that faces Fulton...

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Art Critic Tyler Green navigates ArtPrize

by (tfox)

Submitted 10-01-2012 under OPINION

I had the good fortune to act as an assistant juror to Tyler Green, the juror for two-dimensional works in ArtPrize. Green has a background in journalism, and an unmistakable commitment to art. In addition to commentary on the ArtPrize works under...

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Spiritual Lake offers captivating photographic works

by (tfox)

Submitted 09-30-2012 under OPINION

It is rare to see a body of photographic work that is as compelling and original as those currently featured at Gaspard, particularly within the context of ArtPrize. Cox and Bullard are in their 20s, but the collaborative exhibition features...

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What do you see: Anne Gates explores the why of our 'Motivation'

by (Holly)

Submitted 09-28-2012 under OPINION

It's no secret that there is a lot that I love about ArtPrize. Not least of which, and possibly the most important to me since the beginning, is the possibility that the larger public can be engulfed by something I love. Art is powerful. Or at...

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Like paintings? Head down to The Spot

by (alexfluegel)

Submitted 09-28-2012 under OPINION

ArtPrize turns the city into a living swag bag. You know, the kind given out at kickoff events and fundraising evenings, filled with a bunch of beautifully impractical things that you’ll eventually throw out or forget about. Usually, the bags...

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