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artprize 2012

GRAM Education Center supports lifetime learning

by (kmb53)

Submitted 11-29-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

  When visitors to the Grand Rapids Art Museum walk in the building, they are immediately greeted with elegant architecture and works of art. As visitors look around, to the right they see a hallway across the courtyard which ends with a bright...

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ArtPrize 2012: Impressions of a first-time viewer

by (laurelgreen)

Submitted 10-09-2012 under OPINION

I had no idea what to expect when ArtPrize started. Ever since I moved here last November I’d heard the event described in a variety of ways: “It’s like a festival,” “It’s amazing,” “It’s...

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"Origami" highlights Grand Rapids community

by (laurelgreen)

Submitted 10-03-2012 under NEWS

New York-based artist Kumi Yamashita has made quite an impression on Grand Rapids this year with her installation, “Origami.” On display at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM), “Origami” consists of 99 individual pieces of...

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Local restaurants enjoy demands of ArtPrize

by (moviegeek310)

Submitted 10-03-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

Smells of pasta fill the air. Paintings of Italy adorn the brick walls. There are people everywhere, sitting at tables covered with white cloth, wine glasses, and food. A bowl of linguini pasta and fresh steaming clams passes by me. I ask the name...

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Fountain Street Church: Jurors give nod, public not so sure

by (alexfluegel)

Submitted 10-03-2012 under OPINION

Now that the Top Ten has been announced, it’s time to not only check out the entries in the running for the $200,000 cash prize, but also the venues whose work may give you pause for thought and leave you thinking long after you leave. Part of...

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Women's City Club showcases a little bit of everything

by (jtstoner)

Submitted 10-01-2012 under OPINION

According to Fred Bivins, the curator at the Women’s City Club, visitors to ArtPrize owe it to themselves to make the trek up (or down) the Fulton Street hill to see all the unique art on display there. “We certainly do need to get...

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Lights in the Night makes Grand Rapids glow

by (laurelgreen)

Submitted 09-29-2012 under OPINION

After years of being inspired and intrigued by ArtPrize, Mark Carpenter decided to take a swing at his own entry this year, and it was nothing if not ambitious. In collaboration with Dan Johnson, his plan was to engage as much of the Grand Rapids...

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ArtPrize Artist Profile: Looking back in time with Robert Watkins

by (autumnleffewrichards)

Submitted 09-28-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

Since the year 2009, autumn in Grand Rapids has boomed with an extravaganza showcasing the arts: the colorful, exciting rendezvous termed ArtPrize. In many ways, ArtPrize has become a movement, displaying the uniqueness and individuality the city...

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ABCD 83 makes visual breakthrough with More or Less

by (laurelgreen)

Submitted 09-28-2012 under OPINION

The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) is playing host to a variety of intriguing and innovative pieces for ArtPrize this year, but none of them caught and held my attention as completely as ABCD 83’s piece, "More or Less....

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All aboard the Okavark to create sustainable peace

by (yuengerr)

Submitted 09-25-2012 under OPINION

Anybody seeking to escape the chaotic madness and vote pandering that is much of ArtPrize, specifically near The BOB, hop on board the magic bus. “How much are tickets for the next ride?” jokes one admirer as he entered. The bus is a...

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