Absolute Michigan is featuring ArtPrize, the world’s largest public art competition that takes place in the city of Grand Rapids through October 7. One thing I found when I was there this weekend was that there was so much to see that I felt a little lost. We’ve put together these links to help you see what you need to see!
The ArtPrize site lists the Top 25 works – you’ll probably want to check as many of those out as you can. Personally, however, I found a lot more works that didn’t make the top 25, or even 50. They have a cool feature called Mixed Reviews that shows works that have a lot of “up” and “down” votes (sumo wrestling amphibians anyone?).
mLive has probably the best ArtPrize coverage. Here’s their must-see ArtPrize entries and also a cool look behind the scenes art ArtPrize exhibition centers. I’ve also enjoyed Rapid Growth’s art prize features. The ArtPrize blog has some good stuff as does ArtPrizeGR. Michigan Radio has a nice feature on the opening of ArtPrize, which one Grand Rapids leader says “is better than the Super Bowl.”
#ArtPrize on Twitter is a great place to find out about art scattered around the city and what people are thinking about it. Today I learned about an Ernie Harwell inspired painting, how ArtPrize is filling hotel registers and this cool video of a little kid playing one of the “Play Me” community pianos. Over the weekend I learned about the mean but funny site, ArtPrize Worst (where I learned that next year ArtPrize will become DragonPrize and that someone stole Jim Morrison’s head for a mermaid).
ArtPrize app for iPhone was pretty useful for finding venues. Speaking of phone apps, you can use the SCVNGR app for iPhone or Android to explore ArtPrize. Much more about getting around ArtPrize on Absolute Michigan.
There are a number of photographers in the Absolute Michigan pool on Flickr have been posting some great photos from ArtPrize, and the Official ArtPrize group on Flickr has nearly 10,000 photos and they’re holding an ArtPrize Photo Contest!
There’s a lot of video out there including a nice montage and a closeup look at one of my favorite entries, Jeff Zimmerman’s mural on the Kendall School of Design. My favorite is the video that photographer Brian Kelly is producing for ArtPrize. You can see them all on the ArtPrize channel. Blast off with Rocketman Jimmy Descant:
Much more ArtPrize coverage on Absolute Michigan.