Art Prize takes over Grand Rapids!
Where will this take us?
Rick DeVos, of the Amway DeVos Family, has created a $500.000 Art Prize art competition to be judged by the public. In essence, downtown Grand Rapids will become a walking tour gallery space in which votes are cast for works of art using cell phones and other portable devices.
Living in Grand Rapids it has been an amazing thing to see. You never know when your going to stumble upon a work of art or do a double take because the side of a building has suddenly taken on a life of it's own. Grand Rapids will be the epicenter of an art burst with both local and international artist submitting over a 1,000 works of art for the competition. When you take into consideration the impact of the Fredrick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park (home to da Vinci's "American" Horse) the Art Prize Competition (which has an endowment in place for funding future competitions) and Calder's La Grande Vitesse (the first work of art funded by the National Endowment for the Arts) Grand Rapids, Michigan may be the newest rising star in the world of art.