Art Prize 8

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“ArtPrize is a radically open international art competition decided by public vote and expert jury that takes place each fall in Grand Rapids—and it’s all free and open to the public”.

We dropped off Carl’s Art Prize entry at the DeVos Center on Monday. We also took advantage of some of the entries that were viewable during the preview period. Art Prize officially opens Wednesday, Sept 21 at noon. This year their are 1,453 entries displayed at 170 different venues.

ArtPrize is recognized as the most-attended public art event on the planet according to The Art Newspaper, and was recently highlighted in The New York Times’ 52 Places To Go in 2016.

The streets are marked with various pathways to follow. Here I am on the central city pathway.


Here is just a sampling of some of the entries we saw on Monday.IMG_8436.jpg


The entry below is created from screw heads of different colors and depths!IMG_8384.jpg

These two entries were made of blocks of wood cut at different angles. No paint or stain used. With my spacial deficits it is incomprehensible how the artist did this! Incredible!!


This is another in the same vein….without the light on, no image….turn the light on and viola!


So realistic….both cool and creepy at the same time.


Crayons nestled in the crooks of trees outside of the Grand Rapids Public MuseumIMG_8421.jpg




These are collected daylily stems that create shadows and patterns on the mounting material.


….and finally a view of the iconic Blue Bridge as seen from the grounds of the Public Museum.


more to come. We are waiting out a thunderstorm before heading out to the official start of Art Prize 8. Voting starts at noon. Can’t wait to get my “art on”!


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