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).

Outstanding Venue

Almost Home: Grand Rapids in Focus, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park


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 in Minneapolis (Outstanding Venue).

9.27.16:  Today would be a good day to register to vote


-Today is National Voter Registration Day.


It is a nationwide, nonpartisan effort to register hundreds of thousands of voters today.

The deadline to register or update registration in Michigan, is Oct. 11th.

If you are headed down to ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, the League of Women Voters has set up a table just inside the Ford Museum to encourage citizens to register or update their registration if they have moved.

9.27.16:  Trump and Clinton go head to head


HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — One down and two to go. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have wrapped up their first of three presidential debates, and the jabs came from both candidates.

The showdown last night in Hempstead, New York, was confrontational from the start.

The next debate will take place Sunday, October 9th.

Today Clinton will be in Raleigh, North Carolina and Trump will spend time in Florida.

9.27.16:  Firefighters shift focus



SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — Fire crews in Northern California have turned their attention to a blaze in the Santa Cruz Mountains that has destroyed one home and is threatening hundreds of others.

The shift in focus came after firefighters gained ground against a 2-square-mile wildfire near a geothermal power producing facility in Sonoma County.



9.27.16:  Cedar Rapids flood protection holding, city says



CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Residents of Cedar Rapids, Iowa are watching anxiously as the quickly rising Cedar River threatens to inundate their city with devastating floodwaters for the second time in just over eight years.

They’ve spent days sandbagging and putting up an extensive system of flood barriers.

Entire neighborhoods and the downtown are largely abandoned and schools and businesses are closed.


9.27.16:  Teen panicked after shooting friend, killed himself



KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Police reports say a southwestern Michigan teen panicked when his gun went off and struck a friend in the chest, then the 17-year-old fatally shot himself.

The Kalamazoo Gazette, which obtained the reports through a records request, reported Monday a witness told police that Marsavious Frazier was showing Daquarion Hunter a gun and playing with it Sept. 5 when it discharged in a Kalamazoo alley. Reports say the witness, friend Armonte Tolbert, told police that Hunter fell, prompting Frazier to run, then shoot himself.

The 17-year-olds were pronounced dead about 30 yards apart. A .32-caliber revolver was in Frazier’s hand.

Tolbert, who held Hunter after the shooting, says the teens “had no beef with each other.” He said he’d known Frazier to make suicidal comments in the past.



9.27.16:  Student injured in Michigan school bus shooting



JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a student has been injured in a shooting on a school bus outside of a southern Michigan school.

The Jackson Citizen Patriot reports the student of the Wilson Academy alternative high school in Jackson was shot Monday afternoon in the upper body and taken to a hospital. Police are searching for the suspect, who fled on foot.

Jackson Police Lt. Christopher Simpson says the suspect fired several shots before leaving the bus.

Jackson Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Beal tells the newspaper the school was locked down and a new bus came to pick up the other students. He adds police will investigate whether a camera on the bus captured the incident.



9.27.16:  Trump plans to visit Michigan for rally in Detroit area




NOVI, Mich. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump plans to visit Michigan for a rally in the Detroit area.

Trump’s campaign schedule posted on his website says the event is planned for Friday at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

The same day, Chelsea Clinton plans to visit the Traverse City area to campaign for her mother Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate.

The stops in Michigan follow Monday night’s first presidential debate between the candidates.



9.27.16:  Lawmakers press talks as showdown vote looms on funding bill



WASHINGTON (AP) —Some lawmakers are pushing to reopen talks on must-do legislation to prevent the government from shutting down this weekend, fight the Zika virus and help flood-ravaged Louisiana rebuild.

The aim is to see if money will be added to help Flint, Michigan, with its water crisis — and get Capitol Hill off a collision course that could lead to a government shutdown this weekend.

Democrats are expected to block the stopgap funding bill Tuesday afternoon if GOP negotiators don’t offer funding to help Flint and other communities with lead-poisoned water replace pipes and take other steps.

An alternative option would be for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to strip $500 million in flood aid for Louisiana and other states from the bill. Democrats don’t want that, either.


9.27.16:  Indians get 7-4 win over Tigers



DETROIT (AP) — The Cleveland Indians clinched the AL Central title Monday night, overcoming an injury to ace right-hander Corey Kluber in a 7-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers.

Kluber left after four innings with right groin tightness, joining Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar in a group of talented Cleveland pitchers dealing with injuries. But even those concerns were secondary when the Indians poured onto the field to celebrate their first division title since 2007.

Cleveland last made the postseason in 2013 as a wild card.

Coco Crisp and Roberto Perez homered for the Indians, and Jason Kipnis doubled in a run.

Buck Farmer (0-1) allowed four runs in five innings for the Tigers, who fell two games behind Baltimore for the second AL wild card.