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ArtPrize 2014 Finalists Include The Fed Galleries at KCAD and Four Pieces in “I AM: Money Matters”

Posted September 30, 2014 in GalleryArtPrizePublic

The ArtPrize 2014 Jurors’ Short List was announced last night, and “I AM: Money Matters,” Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University’s (KCAD) ArtPrize 2014 exhibition, is all over it.

Four of the eight pieces on display in The Fed Galleries at KCAD are among the final 20 that are now in the running for the $200,000 juried grand prize and the four separate, category-specific $20,000 prizes. What’s more, KCAD has also been named one of five finalists for the juried Outstanding Venue Award for the second year in a row. KCAD went on to win the award at ArtPrize 2013, and Director of Exhibitions Sarah Joseph is thrilled to have the opportunity to repeat.

“It is an honor to be nominated again for the Outstanding Venue Award and to have numerous pieces selected by such an esteemed panel of jurors,” said Joseph. “In particular, I was struck by [2014 Outstanding Venue Award juror and independent curator] Tumelo Mosaka's observation that the work at KCAD was both provocative and very carefully selected. He also noted that we provided space for the work, that we allowed viewers to enter the works and to be engaged with them without being overwhelmed by other sights and sounds. Over the years, all of these are key elements of our exhibition planning – to provoke thought, to challenge the viewer, to provide education and insight, and to not only allow the works the space they need, but also to create dialogues between the various works and with the viewers.”

Sonya Clark’s The Hair Craft Project, a powerful visual exploration of the artistry of Black hair care specialists, was named a finalist in the Two-Dimensional category by juror Andrew Russeth, co-executive editor of ARTnews.

Sonya Clark - The Haircraft Project"The Hair Craft Project" by Sonya Clark"

The subtle power and beauty of Máximo Gonzàles’ Tengo Hambre impressed juror Shamim Momin, director of Los Angeles Nomadic Division, who named the piece a finalist in the Three-Dimensional category.

Maximo Gonzales - Tengo Hambre"Tengo Hambre" by Máximo Gonzàles

In the Time-Based category, juror Hrag Vartanian, co-founder and editor-in-chief of the online art blog Hyperallergic, named both Mel Chin’s Operation Paydirt: Grand Rapids and Steve Lambert’s Capitalism Works for Me among the five finalists. Both pieces are highly interactive: Chin – who was himself a grand prize juror for ArtPrize 2013 - seeks to raise awareness about lead poisoning and inspire creative action to help eradicate the problem, while Lambert’s piece draws viewers into a deeper consideration of capitalism through a deceptively simple “yes” or “no” vote.

Mel Chin - Operation Paydirt: Grand Rapids""Operation Paydirt: Grand Rapids" by Mel Chin

Steve Lambert - Capitalism Works for Me"Capitalism Works for Me" by Steve Lambert

More information on the ArtPrize 2014 Jurors’ Short List can be found in this article from mLive, but make sure to head down to The Fed Galleries to see these pieces, as well as the rest of the work in “I AM: Money Matters,” for yourself.