Photo Gallery Friday: ArtPrize 10 – Our Favorites
Photo Gallery Friday is a regular feature on Travel the Mitten that will help showcase photos from places where a few pictures just aren’t enough to show off everything.
ArtPrize 10 took place from September 19 – October 7, 2018 with more than 250,000 votes cast for more than 1,260 works of art. As the “World’s Largest Public Art Competition” turned 10, it was announced earlier in the year that this would be the last time ArtPrize would be an annual event. Moving forward the competition will move to an every-other-year format, with a new “Project 1 by ArtPrize” event slated to take place in the alternating years. We’ve been able to attend ArtPrize each of its 10 years, and while we didn’t get to visit as many venues or see as much art as we have in past years we still enjoyed seeing downtown Grand Rapids transformed as crowds of thousands visited unique and thought-provoking pieces of art. Many of the venues we were able to make it to were located close to the Grand River, including the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and Ah-Nab-Awen Park, Grand Rapids Public Museum, DeVos Place Convention Center, Rosa Parks Circle, and the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.
This year, “The String Project” by Nix & Cortez took home the Grand Prize ($200K) in the public vote, while “brown, carmine, and blue.” by L’Andra LeSeur took home the Jurors’ Grand Prize ($200K). Other winners included “The Phoenix” by Joe Butts (Public; 3-D), “108 Death Masks: A Communal Prayer for Peace and Justice” by Nikeha Breeze (Juried; 3-D), and “Sonder” by Megan Constance Altieri (Public; Installation).
You can check out our previous photo galleries from ArtPrize events in past years: ArtPrize 9 Part Two, ArtPrize 9 Part One, ArtPrize 2016, ArtPrize Seven, ArtPrize 2014, ArtPrize 2013, ArtPrize 2012, ArtPrize 2010, and ArtPrize 2009. For the latest information concerning ArtPrize, visit http://www.artprize.org/.