This past weekend was the last weekend of Art Prize 2013, the world's largest cash prize art fair. $560,000 in total cash prizes are distributed to winning pieces of art ($360,000 is awarded by public vote and the remaining $200,000 is awarded by a jury). This is the fifth annual Art Prize (the first being in 2009), and it is pretty cool to see downtown Grand Rapids come alive with people of all ages and walks of life spending time with family and friends to check out all of the exhibits scattered around downtown GR.
|Sleeping Bear Dune Lakeshore (quilt); Ann Loveless; 2013 Winner|
Unfortunately, I was only able to spend one afternoon visiting the exhibitions, but I was still fortunate enough to be able to see many very good submissions. It would be nice if some of the art stayed downtown for a while, not just for the duration of the art fair. In any case, I included several pictures of some of the coolest things I saw today. A list of the current 2013 winners can be found here; the winners from previous years can be found here.
|Polar Expressed; Anni Crouter; 2013 2nd Place|
|Dancing with Mother Nature; Paul Baliker; 2013 4th Place|
|UPlifting; Andy Sacksteder; 2013 3rd Place|
|Myth-or-Logic; Robin Protz; 2013 7th Place|
|Tired Pandas; Nick Jakubiak; 2013 10th Place|