ArtPrize® 2014 at GRAM: [DIS]Comfort Zones explores the powerful ways in which artists take risks and push boundaries. Whether through subject matter, process, or point of view, artists pull viewers – and themselves – out of their comfort zones to see, feel and understand the world differently. Artists in the exhibition explore issues surrounding the body and identity, politics and war, vulnerability and ambiguity, danger and violence, fragmentation and distortion, and culture and religion.


Anila Quayyum Agha wins ArtPrize public & juried vote
After 3 weeks exploring the City, discovering art at every twist and turn, the people have spoken! Anila Quayyum Agha, Intersections has been a crowd favorite from the beginning, and the votes are now in to back it up. “On behalf of every member of the GRAM staff and our Board of Trustees,” said Director & CEO Dana Friis-Hansen, “I wish to extend my sincere congratulations to Anila. We were impressed with her skill and craft with the materials and tools she used as well as her expressive power for exploring religion, cultural customs, and beliefs. It’s been a pleasure to work with Anila, and I hope that this achievement provides a platform for her continued growth and success as an artist.”

Speaking with Anila after the announcement she said, ”I am profoundly grateful to the ArtPrize organization, the wonderful people at GRAM (especially Cindy Buckner and Dana Friis-Hansen), the experienced and knowledgeable jurors, and the wonderful people of Grand Rapids for giving me this honor. The jurors and the public had their work cut out for them with the large number of great entries as well as the quality that was apparent in the art work. I am humbled that I was selected. Thank you!”

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