By Caleb Day
The First Place winner of ArtPrize 2013 is “Sleeping Bear Dunes Lakeshore,” a quilt by Ann Loveless of Frankfurt, Mich. Loveless received $200,000 in addition to the prestige and recognition associated with the award. This was Loveless’ second year with ArtPrize, after making the Top 25 in 2012 she decided to try again.
“I thought, if I could be in the Top 25, I could be in Top 10.” Said Loveless. “To be number one is just overwhelming.”
When asked what she would do with her winnings, she laughed, “I’ll buy a lot of fabric, a new sewing machine, and put the rest away for retirement. Maybe take a ski trip.”
The $75,000 second place award went to Anni Crouter of Flint, Mich. for her series of paintings “Polar Expressed,” while Andy Sacksteder of Port Clinton, Ohio was awarded $50,000 for his third place entry “UPlifting.” The remaining Top Ten artists each received $5,000.
The juried grand prize winner of the $100,000 award was Portugal native Carlos Bunga, with his cardboard, tape and paint installation: “Ecosystem.” An additional $100,000 was distributed across five $20,000 awards presented to the winners of separate juried categories including: Two-Dimensional, Three-Dimensional, Time/Performance, Use of Urban Space and Outstanding Venue.
The awards ceremony was held in the old City Garages 5/6, which were cleaned and refitted for the event. Attendees numbered in the hundreds, awaiting the announcements while enjoying Grand Rapids’ famous locally brewed beers and take out cuisine. Musical performances by Lucas Wilson and the Bad Disciples entertained guests in between speeches from ArtPrize Founder Rick DeVos, Executive Director Christian Gaines, and Kendall College of Art and Design Director David Rosen, amongst others.
The other winners can be viewed here.