ArtPrize Encore

The Grand Rapids Art Museum presents 13 works of art from ArtPrize 2012 venues in a new exhibition, GRAM Selects ArtPrize2012: Encore! on view now through October 6, 2013. This exhibition underscores the significance of Grand Rapids’ annual ArtPrize event by offering selected highlights from ArtPrize on a year-round basis.

After visiting ArtPrize 2012 venues, GRAM curators selected and invited 13 artists from seven different venues, as well as GRAM’s ArtPrize 2012:Transformation exhibition, representing designers, filmmakers, draftsmen, sculptors, installation artists, and painters who work in Michigan, Minnesota, New York, New Jersey, Florida, and California. The selected installations were chosen by GRAM curators for their resonances and references to the Museum Collection, to upcoming exhibitions, and to the Museum’s unique architectural setting.

“There are a variety of possible outcomes for artists who participate in ArtPrize, and we are thrilled that among them can be a new group exhibition at GRAM,” said Daryn Kuipers, interim executive director of ArtPrize. “By placing contemporary works from ArtPrize in a broader artistic and historical context within the Museum, the conversation about the art can continue beyond the scope of the actual ArtPrize event.”

The Encore! exhibition has been integrated and juxtaposed with the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions on all three levels of the Grand Rapids Art Museum, including the Lobby, Sculpture Court, Level II Balcony and East Court, and Level III Collection Galleries.

Participating artists include:

  • Joshua Best
  • Timothy Cleary
  • John DeHoog
  • Lucia Eames
  • Peter Halasz
  • Stephanie Henderson
  • Andrea Kowch
  • Armin Mersmann
  • Sky Pape
  • Jason Quigno
  • Filippo Tagliati
  • Carol Van Swol Prusa
  • Kumi Yamashita


All works included in the Encore! exhibition will be on view through ArtPrize 2013.


About ArtPrize
The ArtPrize event is a radically open, international art competition and social experiment. It invites artists to try out new ideas on a large and diverse population of people. It seeks to broaden the critical dialog around contemporary art by awarding the world’s largest art prize, at $560,000. Registered artists and venues match themselves at, and the public votes for the winners using mobile devices and the Web. ArtPrize 2012 included 1,517 entries from 46 countries and 41 U.S. states and territories, as well as 400,000 active participants. Since its inception, individuals of all backgrounds have cast more than 1.6 million votes for public art.