Monday, September 20, 2010

ArtPrize Profiles expressing dilemmas: Melissa Morrow and Lee Brown

West Michigan based artists Melissa Morrow and Lee Brown have collaborated for ArtPrize 2010 on an ambitious level, in their piece entitled Border’s Dilemma, located at the DeVos Place venue. The work, illustrating the artists’ response to the complex, confusing and often emotionally fueled topic of immigration, seeks to facilitate thoughtful and educated dialog on the subject.

click here to visit our Facebook Fan Page for Melissa and Lee's brief bio. Good Luck, Melissa and Lee!

ArtPrize Profiles show the use of natural light: William Papke and Gloria Kirk-Hanna

ArtPrize artist William Papke just installed his 31 foot tall “The GLISTENING” sculpture in the DeVos Place Convention Center main concourse. The work is a suspended, moving sculpture utilizing 12 multiform aluminum “blades”, hovering over introduced multicolor night lighting, and reflecting natural lighting from the Monroe Avenue window wall.

click here to visit our Facebook Fan Page for a brief bio on William and his work. Good luck William!

William will benefit from the natural light coming in from the main doors, but Gloria will utilize the light from the skywalk where her entry will be located.

Gloria Kirk-Hanna has been involved in the arts since childhood. The busy mother of two is founder of X-Stream Fibers, a fiber art and quilting business offering unique, cutting edge bags, customs quilts, and original and commissioned fiber art. "I believe my children should see me working. Quilting for hire from my home studio allows me the freedom to hang with my boys," she said.

click here to visit our Facebook Fan Page for a brief bio on Gloria and her work. Good luck Gloria!

ArtPrize 2010, an international art contest decided solely by public vote, officially begins Wednesday, September 22 and runs to Sunday, October 10.

Don't miss Art Fair 2010!
During ArtPrize, thousands of people will be in Grand Rapids for one reason: to see, experience and discuss art. And thanks to Art Fair, every one of them can browse or buy artwork* from over 50 registered ArtPrize artists. Held in centrally-located DeVos Place, at the heart of the ArtPrize district, Art Fair 2010 provides another exciting way for artists and the public to connect. Wander through our booths at DeVos Place to find a one-of-a-kind piece of art that speaks to you.

*Artwork entered in ArtPrize is not available for purchase