If ArtPrize was a Sandwich Contest

by Ten Li Years ago the benevolent oligarchs of Bland Vapids devised a plan to change the image of their little big town, and so was launched “Sammich Mundus”, the grandest sandwich contest the world had ever seen. It was to be a merry festival that would please everyone, from filthy peasants to the disdainful … Continue reading

Drag Syndrome Creates Controversy, But Also Fruitful Conversation About Disability, Queerness, and Performance Art

by Aaminah Shakur The intersection of queerphobia and paternalistic ableism in West Michigan has brought controversy to an upcoming ArtPrize Project 1 performance event. Paul Amenta and Ted Lott have collaborated on an accessible theater structure that will be the site of musical, theater, and spoken word performances for the duration of Project 1, September … Continue reading

Flex Gallery and the work of Greg Oberle

“Sometimes my brain feels like a big messy, three-dimensional Venn diagram and new intersections are occurring all the time.”

A Deeper Look

The public is invited to attend the closing reception of Influence from 7-9PM

“Process/Result” Opening at 337 Project Space

“Process/Result” is the second show at 337 Project Space, Tom Duimstra’s recently-opened art venue. The opening is scheduled for 6-9PM Friday, November 6, to coincide with Avenue of the Arts First Friday. Visitors during this time can enjoy a live performance of electric cello music by Russell Gorton.

Aviary Dreams: “Birds of the Bible” nests in Holland

Birds of the Bible, Catherine Mcclure

By Colette Gehr If one is going to settle on a niche for painting, West Michigan surely has enough subject material to select from. And artist Catherine McClung has done just that with her latest exhibit at the Holland Area Arts Council (HAAC). Headlining the show, “Birds of the Bible” speaks to the naturalist in … Continue reading

Break It Down, Make It Better Compares Curatorial Practices

Summary and key-points from “Break it Down, Make it Better”, Avenue for the Arts, at UICA February 28, 2015.

Top 10’s cousins: Giving context to the public-vote winners

Images compiled by Kevin Buist and Tamara Fox To frame Monday’s Critical Discourse of the Top 10 public-voted ArtPrize pieces, ArtPrize Exhibitions Director Kevin Buist presented “companion pieces” that lent historical precedence and context to the ArtPrize works. He clarified that these pop culture or art historical comparisons were not comparisons of quality, but simply … Continue reading

What’s in a vote?

Musings of a Political Scientist at ArtPrize by Kevin R. den Dulk, Professor of Political Science at Calvin College Artistic expression confronts me like a foreign tongue.  I generally realize when I’m experiencing art, but only in the way that I generally realize when I’m experiencing Mandarin Chinese. I know just enough to appreciate that … Continue reading

ArtPrize: Overexposed

by Jennifer Steensma Hoag Professor, Calvin College During ArtPrize last year I visited the Frederick Meijer Sculpture Gardens, one of the few venues that adhered to strict photography policies during the event.  In the gallery I overhead an interesting exchange between a museum guard and a visitor.  “Photography is not allowed, sir” the museum guard asserted.  “What … Continue reading