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Art Prize Nine paints Grand Rapids

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Founded by Rick DeVos, Art Prize is a yearly community event where aspiring artists can enter their artwork for public viewing and judging.

Not only does the public get to view the artwork, but they can also vote for their favorite pieces in different categories. The artists’ work is also  evaluated by a panel of respected curators, critics, artists and museum directors from all over the U.S. and each year judges change.

The Art Prize Nine judges: Rachel Adams, Anila Quayyum Agha, Gia Hamilton, Miranda Lash, Larry Ossei-Mensah, Christopher Scoates, Scott Stulen, and Gaetane Verna.

Two Grand Prizes of $200,000 are awarded to the best art pieces overall, and $100,000 is awarded to the best voted for public vote. In addition to that, there is also five $12,500 awards for the best of each category.

The most iconic Grand Rapids art piece; “La Grande Vitesse”

Just by taking a light stroll around Grand Rapids, hundred pieces of artwork housed in nearly 200 hundred venus are open to the public. Including: VandenBerg (Calder) Plaza, Grand Rapids City Hall and even the Grand River.

Each art piece is distinct and diverse. Some pieces provide an aesthetic pleasure, some are for emotion, and some call for the desperate change in society. there was multiple creations worthy of a prize.

The most memorable to me was “Oil + Water” by Ryan Spencer Reed. “Oil + Water” is an installation that is flowing in the Grand River just off Pearl St Bridge that brings the threat of an oil spill from the North Dakota Access Pipeline to our home. The piece is made to look oil-slick, and displays an image of a teepee. Reminiscing on N.D.A.P.L., Spencer Reed brings his experience to Grand Rapids to promote  wellness of the environment. It’s art pieces like this, with hidden or evident meaning, that prompt dialogue. And if you can talk about it, you can change it.

Lainie Scott

This is my senior year at Gull Lake High school, and my second year apart of The Reflection staff.  This year I am the feature/entertainment editor, and I am looking forward to see where my writing can take me.


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