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ArtPrize News: Bets bets, juried awards and cat videos

Written by  Alexandra Fluegel
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ArtPrize 2013
Sept. 18 – Oct. 6
169 venues, 1,524 artists representing 47 countries and 45 states

Key Dates
Sept. 18: Venues Open/Round One Begins at noon
Sept. 28: Round One Ends
Sept. 29: Top Ten Announcement at 1 p.m./Round Two Begins at 2 p.m.
Oct. 3: Round Two Ends at 11 p.m.
Oct. 4: Winners Announced at ArtPrize Awards at 8 p.m.

Meet the Jurors
This year's $100,000 Juried Grand Prize will be decided by a three-person committee, and winners will also be selected in five juried categories: 2-D work, 3-D work, Time-Based work, Best Use of Urban Space, and Best Venue.
Anne Pasternak – President and Artistic Director of Creative Time
Creative Time is an organization that stages public art projects in New York City and around the world. Under Pasternak's leadership, the organization has unveiled a variety of high-profile projects, including the "Tribute in Light," the twin beacons of light that illuminated the World Trade Center site six months after 9/11.

Manon Slome, PhD – President and Chief Curator of No Longer Empty
Prior to her work with No Longer Empty, a non-profit that stages exhibitions in unused urban spaces, Dr. Slome was the chief curator of the Chelsea Art Museum in New York. During that time, she curated and oversaw a program of some 40 exhibitions, symposia and museum publications, as well as monographs and scholarly essays.

Mel Chin, artist
Mel Chin is an artist whose work evades easy classification. Alchemy, botany and ecology intersect in his work. He insinuates art into unlikely places, including destroyed homes, toxic landfills and even popular television, investigating how art can provoke greater social awareness and responsibility. Unconventional and politically engaged, his projects also challenge the idea of the artist as the exclusive creative force behind an artwork.

Category Award Jurors
2-D Work: John Yau, New York-based poet and critic; Editor of Hyperallergic Weekend; Teaches art criticism at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University.

3-D Work: Hesse McGraw, curator, writer and artist; founding director and curator of contemporary art gallery, Paragraph.

Time-Based Work: Rashida Bumbray, New-York based independent curator, consultant for Creative Time.

Best Use of Urban Space: Eva Franch I Gilabert, director of storefront for Art and Architecture.

Best Venue: Alice Gray Stites, chief curator and director of art programming for 21cMuseum; independent curator.

Best Bets


Site:Lab at 54 Jefferson – Last year, Site:Lab at 54 Jefferson won the award for Best Venue for its transformation of the former Public Museum, and three site-specific installations also received juried awards, including the inaugural $100,000 Juried Grand Prize. This year, Site:Lab hosted 54Jeff: An Ideas Competition, an open, one-stage competition that sought ideas for the repurposing of 54 Jefferson that define a vision for the building as a public space. Winners will be selected by a separate jury, including Executive Director of the Cranbrook Academy and former editor-in-chief of Architecture magazine Reed Kroloff, and awarded prize money. A selection of submissions, including all prize winners, will be on display during ArtPrize.

Kendall College of Art and Design at Old Federal Building – This year's exhibition, titled "Designed to Win," features nine, high-quality entries in a variety of media. Be prepared to look in the air and on the walls, as the exhibition is host to a handful of 3-D entries that use found objects, viewers' bodies, and space in creative ways. Not only is this show 'designed to win,' it is also designed to make you think, as some entries have strong themes that encourage self-reflection and inquiry.

Gillett Bridge – The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis staged an open call for Minnesota-based artists to consider what they would do with the popular pedestrian bridge and a $5,000 grant. A panel reviewed applicants and selected five to present their ideas to an audience and panel of judges, who selected Daniel Feinberg and Alexander Hanson's "Temporary Pursuit of Performance" installation as the winner. The installation will consist of an aging SUV parked on the bridge with a wooden bridge built over it, which may not sound that cool, but hey, it's what Minnesota's serving up.



"Can Art Save Cities?" Grand Prize Jury Panel Discussion
Ladies Literary Club, Grand Rapids
Thursday, September 26, 7 p.m.

During the past four years of ArtPrize, two related questions continue to surface. One, how is the audience for contemporary art formed, and what role should that audience have in the interpretation and valuation of art? And two, what role does contemporary art have in the revitalization of post-industrial cities? For the first time this year, the three person committee that selects the Juried Grand Prize will participate in a panel discussion and feature each of the jurors presenting insights from their practice as artists, curators, administrators and activists. A moderated conversation will investigate the popular notion that struggling cities can be revived by simply injecting contemporary art.

Walker Art Center's The Internet Cat Video Festival
Rosa Parks Circle
Sept.27, 8 p.m.


Also, now there's an official ArtPrize beer. Seriously.

Founders is the official brewery of ArtPrize, and is releasing a new brew to commemorate this year's competition. The Inspired-Artist Black IPA comed in at 7.5% ABV, has 88 IBUs and is "a powerhouse IPA, brewed using malted midnight wheat and a unique variety of hops with tropical characteristics." It will be available at the brewery beginning Aug. 19.

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