Sunday, October 14, 2012


Four years ago something new came to Grand Rapids, Artprize. This unique contest was founded by one of the Amway heirs, Rick Devos.  
Artwork is displayed/ performed in selected places in the city and the general public can register and vote on what they like.
  The top award is over $200,000.  This hefty sum brings artist from all over the world to West Michigan, in the hopes of winning. 

This was the first year we were able to be a part of it.  There was so much to see we didn't get a firsthand look at all the work. 
 I could vote for the ones I like by texting a specific number assigned to their work. 
All the art could be viewed and voted online too.

This was made with bottle caps

Jelly Belly Art

I like how he used technology to mix with the painted Mini Cooper.

The colors of the wings changed color when viewed through the small wheels.

This was a top 10 finalist. Made out of a single piece of black walnut. Took five years of work to complete. 

I always thought these would be fun if they were life size.

Made out of pine needles- 8ft tall

A view of the Grand River downtown Grand Rapids

 Over 1500 artist submitted work and over 40,000 people voted. 

To see the winners and view more submissions click here

artprize2012 from outypants on Vimeo.

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