ArtPrize

ArtPrize opens today in Grand Rapids. 

Among the 1,453 artist entries for this year's competition is a play being performed each evening by ADAPT. Theatre Company of Grand Rapids.

The play is Stories in Blue: A Pilgrimage to Heal Human Trafficking.

It's theater, it's an art piece, and it's a social justice campaign.

Plants usually don’t get as much love as cute animals. Sometimes it’s hard to get people fired up about an endangered plant.

But Jane Kramer’s trying to do that anyway.

She’s a fine art photographer. She takes photos of the shadows of rare or threatened plants, and then prints them on paper she makes out of invasive plants like garlic mustard and purple loosestrife.

ArtPrize

Artists from northern Michigan are again among the top contenders for prize money at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids. Artists from Ludington, Petoskey and Manton are among the top 20 picks determined by public vote. Voters chose these works from among 1.536 entries this year.

The streets of Grand Rapids are alive today as ArtPrize gets underway.

More than 1,500 works of art are in competition for more than a half-million dollars in prize money.

Christian Gaines is ArtPrize’s executive director. He says they’ve revamped the competition to let the public and art experts pick the top 20 pieces.

The ArtPrize competition opens tomorrow in Grand Rapids. One of the exhibits will have live animals roaming all over the artwork.

Inter-species collaboration

There are a bunch of bees on West Fulton Street in Grand Rapids. People slow down to stare at the guy opening up the beehive. His name is Ladislav Hanka.

Hanka’s been an artist for several decades. He became a beekeeper four years ago when a friend put a box of bees on his kitchen table.

“The bees just awakened in me the need to be more involved. I don’t make my living from beekeeping and I don’t have to, thank goodness, because it looks like beekeeping is in such an eclipse now that there’s a question of whether there will be any pollinators left in the next few years for the crops,” he says.

He brought the bees to install in his exhibit in the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts.  The museum’s theme for ArtPrize is collaboration.  Ladislav Hanka is crossing the species barrier with that theme.

Ryan Spencer Reed

Ryan Spencer Reed is a photographer from Ludington whose work falls into the category of “social documentary.”

In 2011, Reed entered the Grand Rapids ArtPrize with a collection of photographs documenting the human tragedy of civil war and genocide in Darfur and South Sudan.

This year, Reed is back at ArtPrize, this time with photos he took while embedded with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan.

IPR’s Aaron Selbig asked Reed how he managed to get the OK from the Army to tag along with the 101st Airborne Division in a war zone.  

One artist from Benzie County is not allowed in ArtPrize this year. That’s because she won the grand prize last year. Ann Loveless’ quilt work will be on display in Traverse City this month at The Dennos Museum Center.

Her victory at ArtPrize started a decade ago with a big problem. She was a seamstress then and the strength in her hands was starting to fail.

Frankfort Artist Wins ArtPrize

Oct 5, 2013

Ann Loveless of Frankfort has taken the art world’s largest cash prize for her 20-foot-long quilt depicting “Sleeping Bear Dune Lakeshore.” She collects the $200,000 top prize in the annual ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids. The top prize is determined by public vote.

The quilt, in four panels, uses mainly cotton and batik fabrics to depict a Lake Michigan sunset amidst birch trees and dune shoreline.

Frankfort Artist Wins ArtPrize

Oct 5, 2013

Ann Loveless of Frankfort has taken the art world's largest cash prize for her 20-foot-long quilt depicting "Sleeping Bear Dune Lakeshore." She collects the $200,000 top prize in the annual ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids. The top prize is determined by public vote.

The quilt, in four panels, uses mainly cotton and batik fabrics to depict a Lake Michigan sunset amidst birch trees and dune shoreline.