as a grass-roots art
experiment in 2009 expanded
even larger art extravaganza that
lots of people talking.
Johnny Quirin and Michael Buck
statistics were hard to ignore: 1,713 artists;
192 venues; 44,912 registered voters; 465,538
votes cast. An estimated $7,000,000 in economic
was equally impressive, from serious debates
on “What is art?” to such oft-heard
comments as “Wow, that’s cool!”
The second ArtPrize — a
19-day competition open to any artist willing
to let the public choose the $250,000 grand prize
winner — attracted national attention.
Kathy Lee raved about the grass-roots event on
the “Today Show.” Articles on ArtPrize
were published in USA Today and The New York
Times. Numerous high-profile art critics blogged
American Officers, 1921” by Chris
LaPorte of Grand Rapids
But in the end, it was the community
spirit that ruled. People filled museums. They
traipsed through restaurants, churches, bars
and businesses. They tweeted and texted. And
they came back to see more. GR
The Top Ten:
1. “Cavalry, American Officers,
1921” by Chris LaPorte of Grand
2. “Svelata” by Mia Tavonatti of
Santa Ana, Calif.
3. “Lure/Wave” by Beili Liu of Austin,
4. “A Matter of Time” by
Paul Baliker of Palm Coast, Fla.
5. “Vision” by David Spriggs of Montreal,
6. “Helping mom one penny at a time” by
Wander Martich of Grand Rapids
7. “Dancing With Lions” by
Bill Secunda of Butler, Pa.
8. “Salt and Earth (garden
for Patricia)” by Young Kim of Winston-Salem,
9. “Steam Pig Experiment” by Joachim
Jensen and Thomas Birks of Grand Rapids
10. “Elephant Walk” by
Fredrick Prescott of Sante Fe, N.M.