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ArtPrize is an open, independently organized international art competition which takes place for 19 days every other 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. ArtPrize 2018 is on view through Sunday, October 7.
In addition to Stamps Gallery Director Srimoyee Mitra participating as member of the ArtPrize Jury, three Stamps School community members are participating as artists in ArtPrize 2018: John Gutoskey (MFA ‘14), Charlie Michaels (MFA ‘11), and Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Co-Director, Anne Mondro.
John Gutoskey – 2D Juror’s Selection
PULSE Nightclub: 49 Elegies
Grand Rapids Art Museum (101 Monroe Center)
This series was made to honor and commemorate—with a monoprint—each of the 49 people massacred at the LQBTQ PULSE nightclub in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016.
“I began this series in early July of that year, and I completed the 49th print in early October 2016. This exhibit addresses not only the loss, the grief and the aftermath of such a tragic event, but also intersects with the current issues of gun violence, homophobia, Hispanophobia, violence against people of color and the transgender community, and LGBTQ rights,” said Gutoskey.
The 49 mixed media monoprints in this series combine woodcut, collage, digital images from photographs and scans, stencil, spray enamel, glitter, colored pencil, art paper, gift wrap paper, and alcohol gel transfer decals. Each print measures 28″h x 20″w on Arches 88.
Charlie Michaels and Anne Mondro
Between the Earth and the Sky
Grand Rapids Children’s Museum (11 Sheldon Ave NE)
Between the Earth and the Sky is a sensory garden art installation created by Charlie Michaels and Anne Mondro in partnership with youth and people living with memory loss. The installation is designed to create unexpected moments of curiosity, heighten the senses, and promote wellbeing. The piece is the outcome of a 12-week intergenerational community program aimed to encourage social interaction, expression, and wonder through art making. Fostering mutual respect and greater compassion, youth and people living with memory loss have been working side-by-side to create the garden using artist-built concrete planters. Fabricated by Michaels and Mondro, the concrete planters are 12” parallelograms. The planters are placed on custom wood tables which are 24” high. The tables interlock together to form an expansive tessellation design for people to explore.
Explore the full ArtPrize 2018 exhibition schedule at www.artprize.org.
By Jeff Bleiler