Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
This is year three of this art extravaganza where there is almost $500,000 worth of prizes. The prize winners are voted on by the public, so essentially a "People's Choice" award. I've attended every year. ArtPrize® turns the city of Grand Rapids into an art gallery for two weeks. Galleries, office lobbies, restaurants, courtyards, parks compete to host the art, in addition to all the public museums in the downtown area. There are 164 participating venues and 1582 artists whose work has been chosen for exhibition.
People you and I know participate:
"Fukushima, The Bald-Headed Suiters and the Angry Slab", a digital painting by John Leben
"Restoration, Recycling,and Remembering", painting by Barbara Krupp
Also participating from the world of art fairs were Vinnie Sutherland, Mark Chatterley, Sally Bright, Betsy Youngquist & Scott Long, Dylan Strzynski. If I missed anyone please add them in the comments below.
I loved Sara Youngman's pen and ink drawing "Doodler; or How a Basically Antisocial Printmaker Survived Her First Summer as an Art Fair Artist".
On Sunday the streets and galleries were crowded.Laura Alexander, who is in the Top 25 to win the prize, stood by her work for hours on end, engaging the admirers of her work, cut paper she made precisely for ArtPrize that took over 300 hours.
There wasn't very much 3D work, but these vessels by David Huang really caught my eye:
Shawn Smith's sculptures represent pixelated animals and objects of nature. He says he finds images of his subjects online and then creates 3D sculptural representations of these 2D images. Really interesting:
Being in the crowd of onlookers and sharing ideas about the art is part of the fun. My friend, Sandy Dunstone, went with me again this year. We saw Diane Aronoff, a photographer from Ann Arbor, and had drinks with Barbara Krupp and Allan Teger at the end of the day. Barbara had two large paintings in the exhibit and they looked stunning.
If you want to vote for the winners you must register in person in Grand Rapids, then you can vote by text or online later. The deadline for the first round of voting was midnight last night. But because of the crush of voters the server crashed and you can still vote until 4 pm today.
Here's a quickie look at the Top 25 artists around the city: http://artprize.org/
The work will be on exhibit until October 9. The whole experience is really worth the trip.