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SL man's 'Monsters Go' among ArtPrize top 20 public vote finalists

Becky Vargo • Oct 1, 2018 at 11:00 AM

GRAND RAPIDS — ArtPrize officials revealed the public’s top picks for the tenth annual event at the Public Vote Final 20 Announcement. These 20 artist entries move on to Round 2 alongside the Category Jurors’ 20 picks announced last week. These 40 artist entries continue with the chance of winning $500,000 in prizes, including the $200,000 Public Vote Grand Prize presented by Meijer. Concurrently, ArtPrize announced the winners of over $25,000 in Independently Organized Awards.

PUBLIC VOTE FINAL 20
Round 1 voting closed Saturday night, with 27,913 voters casting 222,786 votes votes for their favorite art. Visitors elevated five ArtPrize entries from each category — 2-D, 3-D, Installation, and Time-Based. These 20 entries will move on to the second round of voting, which will continue through Thursday, Oct. 4. 

“The public vote invites visitors from around the world to engage with artists and their work on a deeper level — to voice their opinions on what moves them,” said Jori Bennett, ArtPrize Executive Director. “It’s been thrilling to witness their enthusiasm over the last week and a half.”

In no particular order, the ArtPrize 10 Public Vote Final 20 are as follows:

Two-Dimensional
The Two-Dimensional Public Vote Award is presented by Edward Jones.

Michigan Effect by Tom Gifford at BIGGBY COFFEE Monroe Center (Muskegon, MI)

Jesus by Mher Khachatryan at Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum (Cliffside Park, NJ)

Kings of Late Night (Medium: Duct Tape) by Kerry Mott at The B.O.B. (Gettysburg, PA)

THE STRING PROJECT by Chelsea Nix & Mariano Cortez at DeVos Place Convention Center (Fort Wayne, IN)

Mastermind America by Alexi Torres at DeVos Place Convention Center (Atlanta, GA)

Three-Dimensional

Our Time In The Infinite by David Stricklen at The B.O.B. (Ada, MI)

Quantum Meditation by Julian Voss-Andreae at Grand Rapids Public Museum (Portland, OR)

The Phoenix by Joe Butts at Amway Grand Plaza Hotel (Oxford, MI)

DARE TO DREAM BIG by Chris Navarro at Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum (Casper, WY)

Champions by James O'Neal at JW Marriott Grand Rapids (Bridgeton, NJ)

Installation
The Installation Public Vote Award is presented by Amway.

Cacerolazo by Saskia Jorda at Grand Rapids Art Museum (Phoenix, AZ)

Sonder by Megan Constance Altieri at Grand Rapids Public Museum (Grand Rapids, MI)

The World Beneath the City by Cracking Art at Ah-Nab-Awen Park (Milan, Italy)

Oscillation by Ryan Swanson at Gillett Bridge (Tampa, FL)

Abiding In The Shadow by Jeff Best at Amway Grand Plaza Hotel (Claire, MI)

Time-Based
The Time-Based Public Vote Award is presented by DTE Energy Foundation.

Transcendence by Chris Callor at 111 Division S Studio D2D - The Harris Building (Boise, ID)

Moving Experience by #shangled at Grand Rapids Police Department (Sparta, MI)

Animal Land: ArtPrize 10 by Lauren Strohacker and Kendra Sollars at Grand Rapids Art Museum (Tempe, AZ)

The Marvelous Musical Scientific Sight and Sound Machine by Jim Triezenberg at First (Park) Congregational Church (Grand Rapids, MI)

Monsters Go by Aaron Zenz at Grand Rapids Children's Museum (Spring Lake, MI) NOTE: Corrected link: https://www.artprize.org/67639

Aaron Zenz has illustrated 33 books for children, 9 of which he authored as well. He travels around Michigan, visiting schools, libraries, and college campuses to educate students about art and story and inspiring students to create. He is the father of 6 creative kids, and together they embark on a wide variety of artistic adventures.

Zenz took third place Installation winner at ArtPrize 2016 with “Rock Around.” He earned second pace Time-Based at ArtPrize 2017 with that year’s version of “Monsters Go.”

This year’s “Monsters Go” project includes student-submitted artwork and the revisions made by Zenz. During ArtPrize, Zenz illustrates new monsters, submitted the previous day, every day on site. 

$25,000 IN INDEPENDENT AWARDS
As an independently organized event, ArtPrize encourages participants to not only organize their exhibitions, but to also organize awards that honor specific achievements within the larger event. The winners of the more than $25,000 in Independently Organized Awards given to ArtPrize 10 artists include:

•Best Feature Film: Love, Gilda by Lisa D’ Apolito, determined by public vote. Organized and sponsored by Studio C.

•Best Short Film: Starry Skies by Sarah Schmidt, determined by public vote. Organized by Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) - Open Projector Night with presenting sponsor, Michigan Film and Digital Media Office.

•HopCat WYCE ArtPrize Song of the Year: Shine by Molly, determined by public vote. Organized by WYCE with presenting sponsor, HopCat.

•Youth Collaboration Award: More Than Words by Zeeland Public Schools: Adams Elementary at Courtyard Marriott Downtown, determined by public vote. Organized and sponsored by Western Michigan University - Grand Rapids.

•Youth Collaboration Award: Creation: 20 Paneled Public Art by LAKELAND CARDINAL COLLABORATIVE at Zoup! @ Medical Mile Food Court, determined by independent jury. Organized and sponsored by Western Michigan University - Grand Rapids.

•Educator Award: Cities of Silhouettes: A Visual Journal by Missy Dunaway at The Artist’s Studio, determined by independent jury. Organized and sponsored by Western Michigan University - Grand Rapids.

•Contemporary Black Art Award: 108 Death Masks: A Communal Prayer for Peace and Justice by Nikesha Breeze at DeVos Place Convention Center, determined by independent jury. Organized by The African American Art and Music Celebration with presenting sponsor, City of Grand Rapids.

•Artista Latino Award: THE STRING PROJECT by Chelsea Nix & Mariano Cortez at DeVos Place Convention Center, determined by public vote. Organized by the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce with presenting sponsor, City of Grand Rapids.

•Asian Artist Award: Black Panther by YanFang Inlow at Grand Rapids Police Department, determined by public vote. Organized by the West Michigan Asian American Association with presenting sponsor, City of Grand Rapids.

•Asian Artist Award: Pure Michigan by Huaming Wang at DeVos Place Convention Center, determined by public vote. Organized by the West Michigan Asian American Association with presenting sponsor, City of Grand Rapids.

•Decon + Reuse Vote Award: Abiding In The Shadow by Jeff Best at Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, determined by public vote. Organized and sponsored by The Building Materials Reuse Association.

•American Civil Liberties Union Award: By Her Own Hand by Lora Robertson, determined by independent jury. Organized by Fountain Street Church with presenting sponsor, ACLU.

•Social Action Committee Award: Reverse Alchemy by Anthony Thompson, determined by independent jury. Organized by Fountain Street Church with presenting sponsor, ACLU.

ArtPrize visitors will once again have the opportunity to voice their opinions and decide the winners of over $200,000 in prizes. Round 2 Voting will begin at 2 p.m. ET today, September 30 and will run through October 4 at Midnight ET. Visitors can cast up to forty votes, one per finalist, and ArtPrize encourages visitors to consider voting for at least one entry in each category. The winners of both the public and juried awards totaling $500,000 will be announced at the Tenth Annual ArtPrize Awards Ceremony, presented by the DTE Energy Foundation, on October 5.

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