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Special coverage of the 3rd year of ArtPrize, from art criticism to photos to conversations with artists and venues, and everything in between.

Art with a Capital A

Reviews, critiques and discussion about art.
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Catherine Chaffee | Tue, 10/04/2011 - 11:54am
LOCAL LIFE: Steve Samson, UICA Director of Exhibitions and Facilities, offers suggestions to the novice on how to appreciate and evaluate contemporary art.
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Sara Bakker | Mon, 10/03/2011 - 3:18pm
OPINION: Art and Dying Cities: two issues Grand Rapids has recently tackled, between the Top Ten lists of ArtPrize and Newsweek. In this article, I ask the question: How do Top Ten lists come to be and what are they really saying?
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Mara Naselli | Fri, 09/30/2011 - 5:48pm
OPINION: How we can improve ArtPrize: The top ten are out. Naselli talks about curation, location, and four ways that she suggests we might save ArtPrize.
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Beyond the Reboot

Interviews with artists, curators and venue managers.(Interview questions for reporters available here.)

Kristin Comstock | Thu, 10/06/2011 - 11:36am
LOCAL LIFE: Interview with Artist Erwin Erkfitz, co-creator of a collaborative mural in the Heartside district.
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Samantha Dine | Wed, 10/05/2011 - 8:00am
LOCAL LIFE: [ArtPrize 2011 3rd Place winner] In this audio interview, artist Lynda Cole talks about how she keeps hearing the same three words: "beautiful, peaceful & mesmerizing" about her piece, Rain.
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Samantha Dine | Wed, 10/05/2011 - 7:59am
LOCAL LIFE: [ArtPrize 2011 2nd Place winner] In this audio interview, artist Tracy Van Duinen shares the story of his collaboration with the students at WMCAT.
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Capture: Art or Kitsch?

Picturesque this falls asks you to capture art, create kitsch, or play with the lines in-between

Yolanda Gonzalez | Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 12:57
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