More than two weeks into the ArtPrize’s Connections to match artists with venues, here’s how it stands.
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital is the first ArtPrize 2013 venue to fill its dance card for the fifth exhibition and competition this fall.
More than two weeks into ArtPrize’s Connections period to match artists with venues, some 134 artists had connected with one of the 186 venues signed up to be a part of the $560,000 exhibition and competition.
Spectrum Health Butterworth has five entries in photography and acrylic painting preparing to show their work in the main lobby of the hospital at 100 Michigan St. NE.
ArtPrize 2013 returns Sept. 18 for 19 days of a strolling art exhibition in downtown Grand Rapids plus Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park.
Artist registration opened April 22 followed by the start of Connections on April 29.
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Artists, however, aren’t listed on ArtPrize’s website when they register, but only after they connect with a venue to show their work.
Nick Jakubiak, of Battle Creek, who showed “Old Tired Crow” at The B.O.B. last year, a piece that made it into the Top 50 in the popular vote, was the first artist to make a connection with plans to return to The B.O.B.
It’ll be his third visit to ArtPrize beginning with his sculpture “Land Trout” at Van Andel Arena in 2011.
His ArtPrize 2013 entry, “Tired Pandas,” will be a 6-foot tall sculpture made of recycled tires, the same material he used for “Old Tired Crow.”
“I look forward to being part of it every year, said Jakubiak. “I usually paint pictures but ArtPrize makes me open up and try new things. ArtPrize has brought me a real love of doing sculptures.”
Registration continues until June 6 for artists interested in competing for $360,000 in prize money, selected by popular vote among viewers, and for $200,000 that will be awarded by jurors.
Connections continues until June 20.
Venue signup, which ended April 11, was finalized with 186 offices, restaurants and public parks ready to be a part of the radically open, urban exhibition. Ultimately, each spot must match with at least one artist to remain a part of the event.
The six weeks of courtship between registering artists and already registered venues ultimately will decide the look and feel of the fifth exhibition coming this fall.
The 135 connected artists so far include more than 80 two-dimensional works and more than 40 three-dimensional works. No film or video or performance art has come aboard so far.
The B.O.B. is leading the pack with more than 30 entries ready to show at the downtown eatery at 20 Monroe Ave. NW.
The Women’s City Club, one of ArtPrize 2013’s four Showcase Venues, has 18 entries booked for the competition created by social media entrepreneur Rick DeVos.