9.27.16: 2016 Jurors’ Shortlist Top 25
(Mlive) – Five Michigan-based artists were among the 20 finalists chosen by the expert jurors who will decide who gets the $200,000 Juried Grand Prize in this year’s ArtPrize Eight.
A group of venues was also on the shortlist released Monday, Sept. 26.
Twelve of the finalists were located in four venues. The jurors nominated three entries each from the SiTE:LAB / Rumsey Street project, the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) and City Flux, located at 50 Monroe Ave. NW.
The juried awards are judged in four categories. The award is separate from the public vote, which is based on voting by ArtPrize visitors who register to vote online or with their smartphones. The Public Vote Top 100 list will be announced Tuesday, Sept. 27.
“Each year the Category Jurors’ Shortlist creates a dialogue, offering a counterpoint to the public vote and highlighting the various ways that individuals approach, assess and engage with contemporary art,” said Christian Gaines, ArtPrize executive director.
“Whether their choices surprise, excite, baffle, or infuriate, conversations are sparked amongst ArtPrizers and the community around contemporary art.”
Michigan artists in the jurors Top 20 include:
• les bêtes at the City Water Building by the Richard App Gallery, by Isaac Aoki of Grand Rapids. The entry consists of a series of nude photographs shot in the winter at on the beach near Saugatuck.
• Transformation (Metamorphosis) at Homewood Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids Downtown & Jam’n Bean Coffee Company at the Waters Center, by Chakila Hoskins of Grand Rapids. Hoskins has entered her paintings in ArtPrize for several years.
• Hybrid Structures at SiTE:LAB / Rumsey Street Project, by Alois Kronschlaeger from Brooklyn, NY and Paul Amenta and Ted Lott of Grand Rapids.
• Untitled at UICA Exit Space at Grand Rapids Ballet Co., by Louise Chen, based in Detroit.
• This Space is Not Abandoned at 912 Grandville Avenue, by 912 CollABORATIVE of Grand Rapids.
Other nominees by category include:
• Charted Memories at Calvin College – (106) Gallery by, Keren Kroul from Minneapolis, MN.
• Coherency at Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, by Faig Ahmed from Baku, Azerbaijan.
• Survival Does Not Lie In The Heavens at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, by Dario Robleto from Houston, TX.
• Excavations at SiTE:LAB / Rumsey St. Project, by William Lamson from New York.
• Grand River at CITY FLUX: Art, Architecture & Grand Rapids, by Francisco Pinheiro from Lisbon, Portugal.
• Pose System at Grand Rapids Art Museum, by Saya Woolfalk from New York, NY.
• SetOutputWorld (called with a world of the wrong size) at Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, by Kayla Anderson from Chicago, IL.
• Support Surfaces (I,II,III) at CITY FLUX: Art, Architecture & Grand Rapids, by Bailey Romaine from Chicago, IL.
• Christmas Eve, 1933 at SiTE:LAB / Rumsey St. Project, by Mark Dion from New York, NY.
• Wars and Rumors of Wars at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, by Eric Dickson from New York, NY.
• Bang Bang! at the City Water Building by the Richard App Gallery, by Constance Edwards Scopelitis from Indianapolis, IN.
• The Bureau of Personal Belonging at 50 Monroe, by Stacey Kirby from Durham, NC.
• The Magnetosphere at the The Fed Galleries @ KCAD, Kendall College of Art and Design, by Matthew Steinke from Austin, TX.
• Search Engine Vision “ISIS” at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, by Eric Souther from Mishawaka, IN
• Sweeper’s Clock at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, by Maarten Baas from Den Bosch, Holland (The Netherlands).
• Almost Home: Grand Rapids in Focus, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
• EVERYTHING IS TRANSFORMED, SiTE:LAB / Rumsey St. Project
• Re*, The Fed Galleries @ KCAD, Kendall College of Art and Design
• (RE)Compose, 130 Ottawa
• This Space is Not Abandoned, 912 Grandville Avenue
The jurors and their categories are Tina Rivers Ryan, art historian, critic, and educator specializing in modern and contemporary art (2-D); Omar Lopez-Chahoud, Artistic Director and Curator of UNTITLED Art Fair, Miami Beach and San Francisco (3-D); Yesomi Umolu, Exhibitions Curator at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago (Time-Based); Deana Haggag, Director of The Contemporary in Baltimore, Maryland (Installation); and Steve Dietz, Founder, President, and Artistic Director of Northern Lights.mn in Minneapolis (Outstanding Venue).