For the second time since 2013, ArtPrize voters in Grand Rapids have awarded the $200,000 public grand prize to Ann Loveless of Frankfort.
ArtPrize, the most lucrative and democratic contemporary art competition in the world, announced the winners Friday night of its seventh annual contest. Ann Loveless and husband, Steven Loveless, garnered the most votes for their “Northwood Awakening,” a huge quilt and photographic print hybrid that depicts a woodland panorama. The work is on display at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.
Ann Loveless also won the 2013 public vote grand prize for a large quilt picturing a serene Lake Michigan shoreline.
ArtPrize officials awarded $500,000 in prize money in categories decided by popular vote and juries of experts. The grand prize jury award went to New Yorker Kate Gilmore’s “Higher Ground,” a site-specific, conceptual work part of SiTE:LAB’s Rumsey Street Project, a group of abandoned neighborhood buildings given over to artists. Gilmore’s work is a house painted pink, with swings mounted inside that allow a gaggle of women to simultaneously sway in and out of the windows in a choreographed commentary on gender roles and domesticity.
ArtPrize, which continues through Sunday, features work by 1,550 artists jammed into every nook and cranny of downtown Grand Rapids, from museums and churches to restaurants, the convention center and public spaces like parks and plaza. Nearly 423,000 votes were cast by visitors over two rounds of voting.
Here are the works receiving the most public votes and those receiving the $12,500 category awards.
Public Vote Awards
1. “Northwood Awakening,” at Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, by Loveless PhotoFiber from Frankfort. Won the Public Vote Grand Prize and will take home a total of $200,000.
2. “Michigan Petosky Stone,” at DeVos Place Convention Center, by Randall Libby from Manistee.
3. “Triple Play,” at Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, by Anni Crouter from Flint.
4. “In a Promised Land,” at DeVos Place Convention Center, by Shawn Michael Warren from Harvey, Ill. i
5. “As Above,” at Grand Rapids Art Museum, by Judith Braun from New York.
1. $12,500 winner: “Greatest Generation/Beta Team/November,” at Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, by Fred Cogelow from Willmar, Minn.
2. “Maya 7624,” at Kendall College of Art and Design at the Federal Building, by Seungmo Park from New Jersey City, N.J.
3. “Seasons,” at Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, by Robin Protz from New Hartford, Conn.
4. “The Race,” at DeVos Place Convention Center, by Kurt Swanson from Grand Rapids.
5. “Rolling Down,” at Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, by Kroeze Krew from Grand Rapids.
1. $12,500 winner: “Reach and Splash,” at Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, by Andy Sacksteder from Port Clinton, Ohio.
2. “Time & Again Grand Rapids,” at Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, by Midge Bolt from Pepin, Wis., and Doreen Gunnink from Kentwood.
3. “Balancing Act,” at Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, by Calvin Babich from Toledo.
4. “Sensi,” at Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, by Gianluca Traina from Ventimiglia de Sicilia, Italy
5. “The Grand Rapid Tape Drawing,” at TowerPinkster — Architects/Engineers, by the Tape Art Crew from Providence, R.I.
1. $12,500 winner: “Whisper,” at 250 Monroe, by Emily Kennerk from Zionsville, Ind.
2. “Breakthrough,” at DeVos Place Convention Center, by Breakthrough Team from Ada.
3. “Hometown Hero,” at Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, by Pamela Alderman from Grand Rapids.
4. “Symphony of Gestures,” at Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, by Sara Dittrich and Benjamin Buchanan from Baltimore.
5. “Movement,” at Grand Rapids Public Museum, by Craig Merchant from Wyoming, Mich.
$200,000 Grand Prize goes to “Higher Ground,” by Kate Gilmore, from New York, at SiTE:LAB’s Rumsey Street Project.
$12,500: “The Fearless Brother Project Presents: Realistic Neglects – A Graphic Series,” by Monroe O’Bryant from Kentwood, at Grand Rapids Art Museum.
$12,500: “The Last Supper,” by Julie Green from Corvallis, Ore., at Kendall College of Art and Design at the Federal Building.
$12,500: “That Was Then,” by Prince Thomas, from Houston at Kendall College of Art and Design at the Federal Building.
$12,500: “In Our Element,” by Ruben Ubiera from Miami at Front Avenue, under U.S.-131.
$12,500: SiTE:LAB’s Rumsey Street Project.