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Art Prize - Grand Rapids Michigan 2017

ArtPrize - "ArtPrize is an open, independently organized international art competition which takes place for 19 days each fall in Grand Rapids, Michigan. More than five hundred thousand dollars in prizes are awarded each year, which include a $200,000 prize awarded entirely by public vote and another $200,000 prize awarded by a jury of art experts.

Any artist working in any medium from anywhere in the world can participate. Art is exhibited throughout downtown Grand Rapids—museums, bars, public parks, restaurants, theaters, hotels, bridges, laundromats, auto body shops, vacant storefronts and office spaces. Artists and venues register for the competition then find each other through an online connections process in late spring. No one at ArtPrize selects a single artist or artwork, directs an artist where to show work or directs a venue what to show. In 2016, 1,453 works created by artists from 40 states and 44 countries were exhibited in 170 venues.

ArtPrize is free and open to the public and now attracts over 500,000 visitors, making it the most attended public art event in the world in 2014 and 2015, according the The Art Newspaper’s annual “Big Ticket List.”"

My entry is a montage of digitally enhanced photographs of distorted reflections in steel and glass skyscrapers which explores the simultaneous beauty, chaos and isolation of the urban milieu; vibrancy, beauty and detachment in the midst of bedlam.

The photographs are both a literal representation of the city and a metaphor for deeper thought and reflection. We have created urban environments that encourage looking down – watch where you step, watch out for traffic, watch where you are going. We can be alone in a city of millions, never looking up to see others or the vistas above.