Paul Amenta (MFA 2000 Fine Arts) and Alois Kronschlaeger (MFA 2002 Fine Arts) were big winners at this year’s ArtPrize, the annual international art competition that takes over Grand Rapids, Michigan each fall. Amenta, the curator of SiTE:LAB, which creates temporary site-specific art projects, took home a $20,000 award for Best Venue for his curated exhibition “The Dream Before,” which was housed in the old Grand Rapids Public Museum. Kronschlaeger, whose “Habitat” (watch video below) was exhibited in the SiTE:LAB space, was the Two-Dimensional Winner, for which he was also awarded $20,000.
Other members of the SVA community at ArtPrize2012 included Gudmundur Thoroddsen (MFA 2011 Fine Arts), whose “Father’s Fathers” made the Two-Dimensional Short List, and MFA Fine Arts faculty member Jerry Saltz served as a jury member for the Grand Prize category, which carried an award of $100,000.
ArtPrize bills itself as the world’s largest art competition. The 2012 edition hosted 1,517 artist entries from over 14 countries at 162 venues throughout Grand Rapids, Michigan and a total of $560,000 in prizes were distributed. For more information, visit ArtPrize.
Image: Jerry Saltz at SiTE:LAB.