Legacy Trust’s contest is to select work by artists with disabilities that the organization will enter in ArtPrize 2013. Here’s how to get involved.
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – ArtPrize 2013 is four months away, but a public vote is about to begin on art for the fifth annual contest.
Artwork by 16 artists from the Grand Rapids area have been accepted for inclusion in the 2013 Legacy Trust Award Collection and a chance to be sponsored in ArtPrize.
Legacy Trust is sponsoring its fourth statewide art competition for adult artists with disabilities.
Some 27 pieces have been received from artists around the state, from the Detroit area to the Upper Peninsula.
Four winners will be chosen – one by a panel of celebrity judges, two by public vote, and one special juried award –and sponsored in ArtPrize 2013.
You can view the art and cast ballots in the public vote from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at the Grand Rapids Art Museum.
Votes can also be cast by visiting the Legacy Trust Award Collection Facebook page.
The Grand Rapids area artists include:
• Joshua P. Andrus of Grand Rapids with “Colors of my Day,” a mixed media painting using watercolor, acrylics, charcoal and pencil
• Jackson D. Botsford of Alto with “Tut,” an oil painting
• Beverly Kay Combs of Rockford with “Under the Sea,” a mixed media work with stained glass and embellished seashells
• Lane C. Cooper of Freeport with “Aware,” constructed from recycled scrap media
• Wesley DeVries of Grand Rapids with “Spring Meadow,” of acrylic on two boards
• Wm. Drew Edgerton of Grand Rapids with “Moon in the Sky” a work of watercolor and crayon resist
• Gavin Jose Garcia of Grand Rapids with “Pumpkin,” an oil pastel painting on construction paper
• Elaine J. Hoogeboom of Comstock Park with “Life’s Best Medicine,” a series of 11 children’s portraits in watercolor pencil on canvas
• Alice Lieffers of Grand Rapids with “Flowers,” a series of 6 photographs
• Harry Lundmark of Grand Rapids with “Dove Princess,” a Conté pencil on recycled paper drawing
• Lauren McMahon of Rockford with “Feathery Beast,” a drawing with pencil, pastels and colored pencil on sketch paper
• Esther “Susan” Meekhof of Grand Rapids with “Live, Laugh, Love,” an acrylic painting
• Kurt Rasch of Grand Rapids with “The House of the 70’s, 80’s,” a mixed media work of wood, furniture, foam, cardboard and plastic
• David A. Thinger of East Grand Rapids with “Monroe St. Grand Rapids,” a mixed media painting
• Cheryl Tiesenga of Grand Rapids with “Storm Rising,” an oil painting
• Leanne VandenBos of Grand Rapids with “One Lucky Dog,” a mixed media work
The 2013 LTAC celebrity judges are Jim Albright, president and founder of Albright Insights; Elaine Dalcher, a Grand Rapids artist and teacher; John Gonzalez, statewide entertainment editor for MLive; Robert J. Jonker, a federal judge for the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Michigan; and Chris LaPorte, a professor of art at Aquinas College and winner of the ArtPrize 2010 First Prize for his drawing “Cavalry, American Officers, 1921.”
Winners of the 2013 LTAC will be announced the week of May 27.
Along with having their artwork entered into ArtPrize 2013,the winning artists will receive a cash prize of $500. Legacy Trust will also work with each of the four artists to promote their entries into the world’s largest art competition.
New this year, the LTAC Advisory Committee has established the Lillian Perry Walker award, a special juried award to honor the young woman whose spirit was the spark that brought LTAC to life in 2010.
ArtPrize 2013, created by social media entrepreneur Rick DeVos, returns, Sept. 18-Oct. 6, 2013, to Grand Rapids.