ArtPrize 2014: What’s Going On September 26 [Video]
While tonight brings an evening for artists' receptions, there's a full day ahead and 174 venues to explore for ArtPrize 2014.
Today (Friday, Sept. 26) is the third day of the 19-day public art exhibition, which runs through Oct. 12 in Grand Rapids.
More than 36,000 votes had been cast by 7:30 a.m. today in first round public voting, according to ArtPrize's vote tabulations. The voting helps determine a $200,000 grand prize winner, with another $200,000 grand prize selected by a juried panel of art critics.
Today's Big Event(s)
There are 14 entries by 28 artists on display in the 2,535-square-foot, two-story exhibition space at the church, 10 E. Park Place NE at the corner of Fulton Street and Ransom Avenue NE. There is an artists' reception tonight from 6:15 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the church.
The entries include MacEgan Castle, a 40-square-foot, nine-room dollhouse with medieval, Celtic and Italianate elements that includes a church and a cloistered garden and took 21 years to construct by retired high school teacher Terryl Sperlich, of Ann Arbor; the 14-foot-high interactive sculpture titled "Three Fish," by Glen Sanders, of Grove City, Pa., and Michael Jenkins, of Jackson City, Pa.; a five-piece photographic series of the Grand Island ice caves on Lake Superior near Munising in Michigan's Upper Peninsula by the father-son team of Todd and Brad Reed, of Ludington; the "Mackinac Bike Tour" quilt series by a dozen members of Middleville-based Piecefull Valley Quilters; and underwater landscape paintings titled "Caribbean Reef Sharks," by Alan Feldmesser, of Coconut Creek, Fla., and "Beneath the Waves," by Kelly Walkotten, of Hudsonville; Other artists include Christine Bodnar, Sally Duback, Randi Ford, Kim Froese, Gwen Gwenzink, Robert Penning, Jon Hunter, Hana Sawyer and John D. "Solly" Sollinger.
There are two other receptions occurring tonight:
Today's Thing to Do
The inspirational 30-piece Eros & Agape Project mixed-media installation opens today at Avenue for the Arts Workplace, 307 S. Division Ave.The public opening reception is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
By Erwin Erkfitz and Zachary Gruchow, both of Grand Rapids, the 8-foot high by 30-foot wide piece is the result of Erkfitz's efforts to visually share Gruchow's war and love stories written during his U.S. Army deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2005 to 2010.
Thursday's Big News
“We’re prepared. We’re looking forward to it. We enjoy this time just as much as anybody else," Sgt. Matthew Janiskee told WOOD-TV.