The finalists were announced early Sunday afternoon.
Aaron Zenz’ recreation of monster drawings submitted by children made the top 20 with his “Monsters Go” entry in the Time Based category.
In "Monsters Go," the Spring Lake artist, author and illustrator collaborated with hundreds of kids from around the state.
“At the end of last school year, I invited students to design monsters and send them to me. A shocking 3,000 drawings showed up to my house,” Zenz reported in his description of his work on the Art Prize website. “I spent the summer choosing favorites, and I created 100 fully rendered fan art versions of these kid-designed monsters in my own style with the same colored pencil techniques I use as a professional illustrator. The collection continues to grow and evolve throughout ArtPrize. Kids who stop by are invited to submit monster designs of their own. Each day I illustrate new monsters, live on site, using designs submitted the day before and adding them to the collection. The entry grows daily with the goal of reaching a total of 150 pieces of Monster Art by the end of ArtPrize.”
On his Facebook page, Zenz said that his favorite part of the Monsters Go Art Prize journey is “seeing kids excited to create! One mom returned and said her kids have been drawing monsters non-stop since visiting the display. Creativity for the win.”
Also making the Public Vote Top 20 was the 2D entry, Crowds of Courage, created by henna tattoo artists Amanda Gilbert and Steve Stone along with photographer David Burgess.
The Crowns of Courage honors women who lost their hair because of breast cancer with a way to make them feel beautiful again.
Eleven-year-old Tegan Rose of Spring Lake, who is in remission from Leukemia, and Rachael Bottema Schwab of DeWitt and formerly of Spring Lake, who is a breast cancer survivor, have their pictures included in the Crowns of Courage entry.
Round 2 voting continues through 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5. The awards ceremony will be held Friday evening.
In no particular order, the ArtPrize Nine Public Vote Final 20 is as follows:
• Crowns of Courage by Amanda Gilbert, David Burgess and Steven Stone at DeVos Place Convention Center (Grand Rapids, MI)
• Team Spirit by Anni Crouter at Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum (Flint, MI)
• Life, Death and Transformation by Frits Hoendervanger at The B.O.B. (Detroit, MI)
• 9/11 by Mher Khachatryan at Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum (Fort Lee, NJ)
• A. Lincoln by Richard Schlatter at Amway Grand Plaza (Battle Creek, MI)
• The Salvere Hitch by Jeff Best at Amway Grand Plaza (Clare, MI)
• Fenced In by Cassandra Burgess at The B.O.B. (Rocklin, CA)
• Whimsical Harmony by Bruce Gorsline at JW Marriott Grand Rapids (Williamston, MI)
• Early January on the Pearl Street Bridge by Melodee Jackson at DeVos Place Convention Center (Zeeland, MI)
• Lux Maximus Fused Glass, Copper, Bronze and Metal by Daniel Oropeza at Grand Rapids Public Museum (Costa Mesa, CA)
• SOS (Safety Orange Swimmers) by A+J Art+Design at Grand River (Somerville, MA)
• ENMESH by Leroi DeRubertis at Grand Rapids Art Museum (Durham, NC)
• Decadence: Sugar Mural by Shelley Miller at Grand Rapids Public Museum (Montreal, Quebec)
• Oil+Water by Ryan Spencer Reed and Richard App at Grand River (Ludington, MI)
• AUTISM A Visual Journey by Ann Vincenti-Michelman at the city water building by the richard app gallery (Rockport, MA)
• Red Dirt Rug Monument by Rena Detrixhe at Western Michigan University - Grand Rapids (Tulsa, OK)
• broke(n)hunger by Kyd Kane at Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) (Wyoming, MI)
• Object-Orientalis by Eva Rocha at The Fed Galleries @ KCAD, Kendall College of Art and Design (San Paulo, Brazil)
• Monsters Go by Aaron Zenz at Grand Rapids Children's Museum (Spring Lake, MI)
• Midtown Flutter by Yuge Zhou at Grand Rapids Art Museum (Chicago, IL)
Jurors’ short list (announced Sept. 25)
• “HERO [series]” by Michael Hyacinthe at Veterans Memorial Park (Grand Rapids, MI)
• “820 Ebony/Jet” by Barbara Karant at The Ruse Escape Rooms (Chicago, IL)
• “El Sueño Americano (The American Dream)” by Tom Kiefer at DeVos Place (Ajo, AZ)
• “Virtue Virtu Vertu' by HIPKISS” by Alpha & Chris Mason at GRCC Collins Art Gallery (Panjas, France)
• “Sofía Draws Every Day: Years 2, 3, and 4” by Sofía Ramírez Hernández at Cultura Collective @ Rumsey Street (Grand Rapids, MI)
• “Recovery of Icarus” by Rolf Jacobsen at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park (Grand Rapids, MI)
• “Frontiers” by Benjamin Jones at the city water building by the richard app gallery (Belchertown, MA)
• “Flint” by Ti-Rock Moore at Fountain Street Church (New Orleans, LA)
• “Bloodline” by Holly Wilson at Monroe Community Church (Mustang, OK)
• “Laborer” by Mike Wsol at Grand Rapids Public Museum (Lilburn, GA)
• “Canceled Edition” by Pippin Frisbie Calder at Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) (New Orleans, LA)
• “ENMESH” by Leroi DeRubertis at Grand Rapids Art Museum (Durham, NC)
• “Two-way Protocols” by Zane Miller at The Fed Galleries @ KCAD, Kendall College of Art and Design (Columbus, OH)
• “Society of 23's Locker Dressing Room” by Jeffrey Augustine Songco at the city water building by the richard app gallery (Grand Rapids, MI)
• “Bushcraft... Radical Stimulus” by Jessica Wildman at Grand Rapids Art Museum (Highland Park, MI)
• “Go-Rilla Means War” by Crystal Z Campbell at Rumsey Street (Oklahoma City, OK)
• “Red Dirt Rug Monument” by Rena Detrixhe at Western Michigan University - Grand Rapids (Tulsa, OK)
• “The Heartside Community Meal” by Seitu Jones at Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) (St. Paul, MN)
• “Remission” by Paul Kaiser and John Charter at the city water building by the richard app gallery (West and North Hollywood, CA)
• “Searching” by Le'Andra LeSeur at The Fed Galleries @ KCAD, Kendall College of Art and Design (Jersey City, NJ)