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Why we need to admit Hometown Hero is sentimental pandering, not art

by Marjorie Steele

We are talking about art, not the validity of the sacrificed lives of our servicemen and women, or the heartache of their family members. And as intelligent, thoughtful people, we should be capable of separating the two.

The Eddy celebrates final "Artoberfest" concerts with time-limited pre-sale discounts

by Jerry Wayne Newson

Friday, October 9 tickets are $10.00 at the gate and Saturday, October 10 pre-sale tickets 50% off "ARTcentive" with coupon code until 4:00 p.m. on October 9.

Rapidian on the street: Public at Amway Grand respond to Why These Finalist panelists

by The Rapidian

We spoke to the public about artwork at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and asked their responses to the Why These Finalists Part 2 panelists' thoughts.

Join in viewings of ArtPrize Awards Ceremony

by Lydia Zilinsky

A Community Watch Party will be held in Rosa Parks Circle on Friday for the announcement of the ArtPrize winners.

Last chance to vote in ArtPrize: Juror Sarah Urist Green shares ideas on how to make your votes count

by Lydia Zilinsky

With just two days left in Round 2 of the public vote, we spoke to 3-D juror Sarah Urist Green to find out questions she recommends asking yourself as you make final selections for ArtPrize voting.

"For the Toward" channels raw energy into athletic grace

by ArtPeers

[VIDEO] "For the Toward" was selected as a Top 5 Jurors' Shortlist in the Time-based Category and was captured in this film by ArtPeers Erin Wilson and Seth Thompson.

Rapidian on the street: Public at Ford Museum responds to Why These Finalists panel

by The Rapidian

As Critical Discourse continues, art professionals discussed the finalists at Why These Finalists Part 1 on Monday night. We spoke to the public and found their responses to the panelists' thoughts.

Participation, humor, magic trump sheer size at Why These Finalists Part 2

by Marjorie Steele

The nature of audience participation was brought to the forefront as panelists examined time-based entries, creating a common theme: to succeed, audiences must have some direct involvement in creating the work, and the story must be relevant to that participation

River City Cup and Cake brings espresso, pastries to Grand Rapids food truck scene

by Elizabeth Rogers Drouillard

Lorin Tate opened his business four weeks ago and is currently serving customers on the river side of the Welsh Auditorium.

Why These Finalists prompts conversation about ArtPrize Top 40

by Avery Johnson

Last night, three art critics gathered to discuss jury and public finalists for ArtPrize at Why These Finalists.

Urban agriculture + placemaking = new economy

by Levi Gardner

Levi Gardner of Urban Roots explores different facets in the relationship between urban agriculture and placemaking.

Holographic sculpture uses unlikely materials for new purposes

by Avery Johnson

In her entry "Seasons," artist Robin Protz has created a new, changing piece of art using unlikely materials such as ornaments, bamboo and poinsettias torn apart.

ArtPrize attracts film, game design live/learn/work community to Grand Rapids

by Michelle Newson

Grand Rapids has been selected as the location for Snow Monster Studios, a new affordable studio/school focusing on animation, video game design and films that aims to make Michigan a hub for film and game design using Michigan people.

"That's my boy:" Shouts, tears accompany news of Top 20 Public votes in ArtPrize 7

by Lydia Zilinsky

As finalists were, shouts, sighs of relief and celebration along with audience applause could be heard from all around, including the palpable combination of joy and pain from Eric Burri's father, the subject of "Hometown Hero" at Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.

Rapidian on the street: State of Exception

by The Rapidian

[VIDEO] We went down to Rumsey Street to visit "State of Exception," which is currently running as one of the top 25 vote-getters in the public vote in its category, to see what the public's reaction is to the work.

Art, activism and ArtPrize: Critical Discourse hosts bold criticism, open discussion

by Mary Brown

Too many of us take the worn pathway of choosing to engage with only those with like minds, thus limiting the discussion and not exploring broad perspectives of the intersection between art and the spaces it occupies. Friday night's Critical Discourse event was a welcome change from that norm.

Waterfront Finale: Top Five Jurors' ShortList film "T-Rex" to screen once more tonight

by Lydia Zilinsky

The short film of Olympic gold medalist from Flint, MI will be shown once again due to popular demand tonight, with a free public screening Saturday at 7 p.m. at The Michigan House.

Rapidian on the street: The Great Race

by The Rapidian

The Rapidian and GRTV went down to UICA to ask visitors what they thought about the impact of color in Michael People's "The Great Race." Watch what they had to say in this video.

Artist creates mural using fingerprints on GRAM walls

by Lydia Zilinsky

New Yorker Judith Braun created her ArtPrize Seven entry, "As Above," using a charcoal medium and her own fingerprints.

Umbered undertones leading trends in color

by Jim Winslow

Leatrice Eiseman revealed color trends to a packed house at the Critical Discourse presentation titled "Future Color/Design Trends: Innovation and Impact" on Thursday night.