ArtPrize 2016

The Grand Rapids Public Museum curates a rewarding experience with great, approachable art that is intriguing, distinctive and engages the viewer’s capacity for awe, curiosity, and a sense of humor. With our location and unique resources, we are able to offer a not-to-be-missed immersive experience.

The GRPM has a prime location, in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, situated on the banks of the Grand River. This location is accessible and walkable from many other ArtPrize venues. The GRPM will host an outdoor exhibition in which the artwork will visually lend itself to the setting of the Museum grounds and offer hands-on educational opportunities.

Food carts will be stationed accordingly to make it easy for visitors to grab a quick bite or beverage while on the move.


037733-000003Hailey Lamb – #BetweenOurHomes

#BetweenOurHomes is a visual exploration of text messaging as a platform for sharing comfort and encouragement. Messages are sourced from the artist’s original, unscripted text messages and made into vinyl stickers in their likeness. This piece will be the main, central installation with a number of smaller pieces throughout the Grand Rapids area.




Tamara Draper – Homage to the Spillman Carousel 
The artist publicly expresses honor to this unique piece of history. It brings back memories of a more innocent and calm time in life, where kids weren’t trying to grow up so fast. This piece of art started when the artist came across an antique headboard that resembled a carousel, inspiring her to create a stained glass mosaic based on the Museum’s 1928 Spillman Carousel.


037927-000009Paul Nilsson – MILAGROS

Milagros is a stoneware clay high fire sculpture that is about the healing process within us. Its symbolically refers to the powers of faith, touch and persistence.





Mark Chatterley – Birdzels

The Birdzels are made form high fired clay, crater glaze and reach up to 7 feet tall. ArtPrize visitors will see 15-20 of them in a grouping.





Joshua Welker – Astrobleme

In these images Sidereal 1,2,3,4 and 5 (5 is in white) are visible. These sculptures are in a lineage of objects that I have produced over the course of several years. These works grow from a protocol of construction with specific dimensional restraints. In the case of these works they needed to be as large as possible and still fit through a single door. Each sculpture enacts new combinations of form and color to be perceived by the viewer. The intense thinness of the objects act as optical disparity which counteracts both the color and form of the faces of the sculptures. In all of my work I’m very interested in walking a line that sustains enough order to bring chaos out of disrepair. I see this as an analogous position to my life and to the quest of civilizations.


038172-000002Patrick Schmidt – How I Make a Mark 

By manipulating the planes of time and space, this installation symbolizes the fragmentation of identity in a digitized age. The artist analyzes image patterns from a variety of sources by reducing them via technology to simple line drawings. Overlaying select outlines to create visually complex networks that represent the multiple cultural, social and personal identities integrated into ourselves on a moment-by-moment basis.



038120-000001Jason Graham – Metropoles

This sculpture is part of the Walker series of work that depicts the remains of a group of anthropocentric beings (the skeleton of a city) from this display of a failed beings legacy. The artist is using his art to create conversation around an attempt to learn how to better survive our own technological and cultural developments.



038420-000005Valerie Jean Schafer – Three Muses

This bronze sculpture grouping Three Muses: Memory, Song and Contemplation represents the three original muses of Greek mythology and the preconditions for poetic or any art form.





Jeffrey Breslow – It’s Okay to be Different 

Extraordinary boulders and stones shapes inspire the steel structures of this work, kindling a conversation between human creativity and the natural world. Time and natural elements tame and color the steel with beautiful and unpredictable patinas —a sustained interaction that imparts a sense of life to the materials. The piece is intended to inspire smiles and invite thoughts on the boundaries of art and the relationship between surface and density.



038594-000023Ann Gildner – Urn – E 

Urn-E is A classic example of necessity becoming virtue. My father welded to fix machines in his concrete business while my mentor works with me to show the movement of metal and understand welding techniques to make metal art. Both men are “self-made” entrepreneurs. They worked with their hands, mind and heart. A simple love for working and creating. Urn-E is the example what can happen when a necessary craft is applied to a classical design.



039071-000001Herb Williams – Color Collaborative 

In this piece thousands of crayons are stacked together in the negative spaces of branches and boughs without the use of glue or adhesives.




039485-000002Bird Clarkson – The Wizard of OZomeness  

The Pursuit of Ahhwesomeness presents an impactful street dance perspective on the Wizard of Oz. The artist will preform live an outdoor Emerald City adventure for all to gather around and share.The artistic approach is sharing the love of dance and movement while showing our passion for engaging and celebrating LIFE!!! The Pursuit of Ahhwesomeness is all about the journey, but not one individual journey; the journey of interacting with others to accomplish or pursue something grand. It is our goal to make every visitor feel apart of the OZomeness family.



039223-000007Harminder Sculptor – My Nephew 

This installation is based on the artist’s nephew, always on his cell phone so much that he can’t focus on anything else. Represented by an animal, because like animals he isn’t aware of what’s going on around him and he is focused in on his phone. Through this installation, the artist is depicting some of the negative effects of social media, causing a disruption in to our lives every day.



039224-000003William Walther – Towards a Newer Buddha

Buddha sits floating in satori. One of Buddhism’s central tenets is emptiness, an idea is embodied in this piece.





039687-000003STRUXTURS – That’ll Cut It

A structure that creates an illusion of “shear” power, stainless steel is constructed into the largest pair of scissors imaginable. An every day object that creates a significant degree of aesthetic interest at such a large scale. It captures the eye from any angle.




ArtPrize Educational Programming:

The Museum once again will host a special Chair Camp offered by ArtPrize for over 1,500 school-aged children. In this hands-on activity, Carla Hartman (granddaughter of Charles and Ray Eames) leads children in creating miniature chairs that are displayed around the Museum.

The GRPM will also be offering ArtPrize Education Days for early childhood development, K-5 and 6-12th grade students. These programs will include a walking tour of outside exhibits and hands-on presentation by an ArtPrize artist.