Artprize! I’ve been hearing about this art festival for several years, and I made a last-minute trip to Grand Rapids, Michigan in mid-October to catch the end of it. It was a great time! There were impressive works on display, including paintings, sculptures, music, installations, and even some interactive exhibits. There was one piece that had live bees in it! The artist had mounted paintings in a huge glass box. On the paintings, he painted sugar water, which the bees consumed and used to build hives and honeycombs in the installation. That’s something you don’t see every day.

This year Artprize had about 1,200 artworks on display in venues across downtown Grand Rapids, from the city’s art museum to tiny coffee shops. It seemed like nearly every business downtown had registered as a venue and arranged an exhibit. It really is amazing, and it draws some great artists, because the top cash prizes are $200,000 each (one public vote, one juried). And there are several other cash prizes as well. I could go on and on about it, but instead, I’ll share a few photos (regrettably poor ones–sorry!)

Tesserae by Michael Kellner

Tesserae by Michael Kellner

Gun Country by Michael Murphy

Gun Country by Michael Murphy

Intersections by Anila Quayyum Agha

Intersections by Anila Quayyum Agha

Self-Portrait as Bunnies (The Bather) by Alex Podesta

Self-Portrait as Bunnies (The Bather) by Alex Podesta

This piece is a carved wood sculpture. No stains or paints were used; the woods used were naturally those colors!

This piece is a carved wood sculpture. No stains or paints were used; the woods used were naturally those colors!

Japanese papercut by Solo + Kojima

Japanese papercut by Solo + Kojima

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