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Crown Ether by Olalekan Jeyifous. Photo: Andrew Jorgenson.

ArtPrize Announces Participating Artists for First Edition of Public Art Biennial

The Michigan-based arts nonprofit ArtPrize has announced the artists participating in its inaugural public art biennial. Amanda Browder, Heather Hart, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Olalekan Jeyifous, and the duo Paul Amenta and Ted Lott will create large-scale public works for the first edition of the biennial, Project 1.

Rick DeVos—son of current US secretary of education Betsy DeVos and grandson of the late billionaire businessman Richard DeVos—established ArtPrize in 2009 as an annual art competition. In 2018 the organization announced its plans to shift to a biennial schedule, with its competition alternating with an exhibition every year.

Titled “Crossed Lines,” the first Project 1 biennial seeks to investigate the borders between public and private space in urban environments and will take place in different sites across the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan, from September 7 to October 27.

“In taking up the notion of ‘crossed lines,’ the exhibition seeks to explore borders and intersections of many types—aesthetic, political, social—that result in the harmonies, tensions, and unexpected outcomes that make a city what it is,” said Kevin Buist, the artistic director of ArtPrize and Project 1. “When people, places and points of view cross one another there is friction, a beginning point for both conflict and creative spark.”

Joseph Becherer, director of the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame; independent curator Dan Cameron; independent curator and writer Nicole Caruth; Alice Gray Stites, the chief curator of 21c Museum Hotels; Larry Ossei-Mensah, senior curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit; and Rebecca Carbin, an independent curator and the founder of I Heart Your Work Art Futures and ART + PUBLIC UnLtd, served on a curatorial committee to advise Buist on Project 1’s artist selections.

ArtPrize’s art competition and distribution of $500,000 in cash prizes is decided by a jury and a public vote. Its eleventh iteration will take place from September 16 through October 4, 2020.

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