ArtPrize Nine

Grand Valley State University Venue

September 20 - October 8, 2017
The grounds of L. V. Eberhard Center, Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus
Venue Hours:

  • Monday through Thursday: 5–8 p.m.
  • Friday & Saturday: Noon–8 p.m.
  • Sunday: Noon–6 p.m.

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'Three Sisters'

'Three Sisters' - Vote Code: 65926

  • Sep 20 - Round 1 Voting Starts
  • Sep 25 - Juried Award Finalists Announced
  • Sep 30 - Round 1 Voting Ends
  • Oct 1 - Round 2 Voting Starts
  • Oct 5 - Round 2 Voting Ends
  • Oct 6 - Ninth Annual ArtPrize Awards

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Installation of Three Sisters

Installation picture of Three Sisters

Installation of Three Sisters

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Featured ArtPrize Artist - Jason Quigno

Three Sisters, 3D, Fieldstone, 2017 

Anishinaabe Artist Jason Quigno was born in 1975 in Alma MI. Working in all types of stone and always evolving pushing the limits of the stone and of himself, Jason strives for simplicity, movement, balance, and beauty in each sculpture.

The Three Sisters are based on the native legend of the three sisters Corn, Beans, and Squash and how they grow and thrive together in a three sisters planting, the three partners benefiting one another. Corn provides support for Beans. Beans, like other legumes, have bacteria living on their roots that help them absorb nitrogen from the air and convert it to a form that plants can use. (Corn, which requires a lot of nitrogen to grow, benefits most.) The large, prickly Squash leaves shade the soil, preventing weed growth, and deter animal pests. The three sisters also complement each other nutritionally. So my entry Three Sisters represents that legend in non-objective ways with three 5,000 pound granite boulders carved with simple flowing lines and various textures including high polished parts, rough sawn cuts, honed surfaces, and the natural raw crust that took millions of years to form. It is hard physical work to carve these boulders but very satisfying.

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Grand Valley State University ArtPrize Nine Opening Ceremony

SEPTEMBER 20, 2017, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

L. V. Eberhard Center Program
6:15 p.m. – Laker Marching Band lead by Louie the Laker performs at Eberhard Center
6:30 p.m. – Band and Louie marches to Rosa Parks Circle

Rosa Parks Circle Program
7:00 p.m. -  Band and Louie are joined by GVSU Dance Company and perform at the Rosa Parks Circle, lead by GVSU President Haas,  
7:15 p.m. – Welcome by Todd Herring, ArtPrize Director of Creative
7:16 p.m. – Proclamation, Mayor Bliss
7:19-7:21 p.m. — Sean Welsh, PNC Bank officially opens ArtPrize Education Days
7:22-7:30 p.m. — Todd Herring on Rapid Rides to ArtPrize and Metro Pass program
7:30 – 8:00 p.m. — GR Symphony Performs (TBD)

Laker Marching Band

ArtPrize Dates

If you visit:

  • Sep 13 - ArtPrize Preview Week Starts
  • Sep 19 - ArtPrize Preview Week Ends
  • Sep 20 - ArtPrize Opening Day
  • Sep 25 -  Juried Award Finalists Announced
  • Oct 1 -  Public Vote Finalists Announced
  • Oct 6 -  Ninth Annual ArtPrize Awards
  • Oct 8 -  ArtPrize Closing Day