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A post-ArtPrize assessment: The effects of rewards

by (pwitt)

Submitted 10-22-2010 under OPINION

Writer Alfie Kohn examines the use of rewards and presents a fascinating case for how rewards often fail, especially when the desired outcome is human quality. In his book, Punished by Rewards, Kohn outlines five reasons that rewards fail. I tried...

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Looks like a winner: Deconstructing the West Michigan Aesthetic

by (markrumsey)

Submitted 10-12-2010 under OPINION

As a working artist I spend a great deal of time trying to determine how people act, react, or interact with art. The relationship between art and viewer is determined by how a person evaluates what they are looking at. Having traveled and presented...

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What was not in the top 10: Video art

by (evanarragon)

Submitted 10-11-2010 under OPINION

I was sorry to see that the ArtPrize top ten did not include a single example of photography, film, or video art. I was not surprised to see the continued preference for conventional “art” materials and processes by the majority of ArtPrize voters...

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Why I Didn't Vote for Cavalry

by (mnaselli)

Submitted 10-11-2010 under OPINION

I suppose it is no surprise that Cavalry won. The only thing we midwesterners love more than work is a righteous affirmation of work. I have a lot of respect for the skill and scale of the drawing. Without question, the draftsmanship is stunning....

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Say nice things about Detroit

by (brianjbowe)

Submitted 10-05-2010 under OPINION

The philosopher William James once wrote that it is important to ask not what reality is, but “under what circumstances do we think things are real?” That question came to mind when viewing Ludington artist Ryan Spencer Reed’s photographic suite “...

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Top five quick and easy ways to improve ArtPrize

by (markrumsey)

Submitted 10-05-2010 under OPINION

5: Reduce the girth: Literally, think outside of the box, replace the 3 mile square with an organic model that is formed by the availability of resources. Maintain the Downtown as a central hub and organize second tier hubs of dense activity. Expand...

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Not just an eyeful - ArtPrize finalists that actually encourage meditation

by (brianjbowe)

Submitted 10-04-2010 under OPINION

"To see or not to see. That's the question."— Karl Gude, Michigan State University, via Twitter In the midst of all the hubbub and hurly burly of ArtPrize, it's easy to lose the art. The social experiment part of the event seems like a success, but...

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You've Got to See This! How We Look at Art

by (mnaselli)

Submitted 10-04-2010 under OPINION

So what does it look like when we talk about art? If it’s just personal, the conversation dwindles into a three- or four-syllable declaration. That’s a pretty thin answer to 1,713 artists who have labored at their own expense to create, dismantle,...

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Hey?!?! Did anyone else notice the elephant on the top of that building?

by (K_to_the_ukla)

Submitted 10-03-2010 under OPINION

Social commentary on art has been taken to a new level during ArtPrize, literally. The top of the new Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts building was being used to make statements designed to further the dialog about art, though it seems that not...

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"Movie Art": Crafting the One-Liner ArtPrize Contender

by (austinlb)

Submitted 10-02-2010 under OPINION

On Wednesday night at the Hub (155 N. Division), Brett Colley – an artist and professor at GVSU – ran a panel on the international art (all 52 pieces of it) in Art Prize, and the complications of choosing an “international award” for the competition...

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