ArtPrize picks 20 finalists, 3 from Detroit area
Three Metro Detroiters are among the 20 ArtPrize finalists picked by public vote and announced Sunday afternoon in Grand Rapids. All are now eligible for the $200,000 grand prize to be announced Friday.
Among the three are Farmington Hills' NewD Media in the "time-based" category, Detroiter Frits Hoendervanger for work in two dimensions, and the Detroit-based designer Dominic Pangborn for a highly interactive installation in the three-dimensional category.
Pangborn's piece at the DeVos Place Convention Center, "Michigan in Motion," features a fun-house room of crazy angles and paintings on aluminum that appear to move as you walk by.
"People scream and yell," Pangborn said Sunday. "It's great. I'm watching about 25 people right now, crashing into each other and laughing. They just can't believe it."
Three finalists were from Grand Rapids. Overall, Michigan artists dominated the competition, first launched in 2009, nabbing 14 of the 20 slots. The one international finalist was Dave MacKenzie from London.
Viewing of ArtPrize ends Sunday.
In total, 37,283 ArtPrize visitors cast 352,732 votes for their favorite pieces among the 1,536 on display all over Grand Rapids, from the Grand Rapids Art Museum to neighborhood bars and galleries. Visitors can vote for as many works as they like, but only once per piece.
The second round of voting began at 3 p.m. Sunday and runs through 11:59 p.m. Thursday.
Whoever wins Friday's grand prize will go home $200,000 richer. Winners in each of the four categories will get $20,000 apiece.
At the same time that the public makes its decision this week, a jury of art experts will be picking their own grand-prize winner, as well as winners in each of the four categories. Juried winners get the same prizes as those picked by the public.
Who the 20 ArtPrize finalists are by category:
■Frits Hoendervanger from Detroit, "Autumn's Passage"
■Armin Mersmann from Midland, "Gabriella"
■Sandra Bryant from Lynden, Wash., "Into the Autumn Woods"
■Gretchyn Lauer from Grand Rapids, "Outcry"
■Mark Middleton from Petoskey, "Perspective"
■Marc Sijan from Milwaukee, "Reciprocity"
■Dan Heffron from Manton, Mich., "Poseidon's Paradise"
■Dominic Pangborn from Detroit, "Michigan in Motion"
■Jilly Barnes from Pentwater, Mich., "Engulfed in Glass"
■Kroeze Krew from Grand Rapids, "The Pond"
■Nathan Lareau from Grand Rapids, "Urban Tumbleweed"
■Liz Roberts from Delaware, Ohio, "Always Nowhere"
■Robert Shangle from Sparta, Mich., "Your Move?"
■NewD Media of Farmington, "Peralux"
■Carol Roeda from Ada, "Color Out the Darkness"
■Anila Quayyum Agha from Indianapolis, "Intersections"
■Ryan Spencer Reed from Ludington, "Despite Similarities to Reality, This is a Work of Fiction"
■Kevin Sudeith from Brooklyn, N.Y., "Grand River Fish Petroglyph"
■Dave MacKenzie from Spring Lake, Mich., "Breathe"
■Solo + Kojima from London (Southwark), "A Series of Handmade Japanese Paper Cut Sculptures"