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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.
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[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.
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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.
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As a facilitator of volunteers and volunteer myself for Kate Gilmore's "Higher Ground," my turns on the swing brought a surprising combination of power dynamics, physical duress, intimacy with strangers, and even monotony.
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ArtPrize Seven boasts 78 song entries with live performances throughout the city, The Eddy Music Festival, a variety nightly concerts and performances and big name headliners such as The Avett Brothers, Charles Bradley and Joshua Davis.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Shawn Michael Warren returns to Devos Place for a second year of ArtPrize. This year his artwork exposes a piece of U.S. history that most people aren't aware of.
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Kevin Buist, Exhibitions Director at ArtPrize, had a chance to visit Burning Man this year along with Executive Director Christian Gaines. Here he shares the experience- and how it relates to other, more permanent artworks and city structures.
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As The Rapidian takes people on photowalks during ArtPrize, and the community is out taking pictures while they're exploring the art downtown, here are some easy tips to help you go from snapshots to storytelling.
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[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.
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SiTE:LAB's projects, and the new experiences the public has with the property through them, have the potential to use art to facilitate a more expansive vision of the property's future.
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Voting for round one, when any artists can be chosen, is in its last days, with public votes closing at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday. Round 2 voting from the Final 20 will begin Sunday at 3, following the Public Vote Final 20 Announcement.
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The Critical Discourse series will include revealing the jurors’ final selections and a two-night analysis of the public's top picks, with discussions in between as varied as activism, color trends and artist-run spaces in the Midwest.
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Are we born with our personalities and impulses? Or does our upbringing determine who we are and what we become? The GRAM’s Nature/Nurture exhibit challenges viewers’ ideas of self and identity.
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We can't grow as a community- or as individuals- if we aren't willing to engage in hard conversations. Willingness to be honest takes courage. Why are we so afraid of that here in Grand Rapids?
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