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KCAD and Cascade Engineering Announce $5,000 Sustainable Art Award for ArtPrize Eight

Posted October 7, 2016 in GalleryArtPrize

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) and Cascade Engineering have announced the creation of a $5,000 Sustainable Art Award for ArtPrize Eight.

Funded by Cascade Engineering, the award will be given to a participating artist in RE·, the ArtPrize Eight exhibition inside The Fed Galleries @ KCAD. The exhibition unites a group of 11 acclaimed local, national, and international artists who consider the timely issues of environmental and social responsibility within their work. The thematic framework for RE· was inspired in part by KCAD’s partnership with Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids for ArtPrize Eight, aimed at engaging visitors in a conversation about the opportunities for more sustainable living that exist all around us.

“We are pleased to partner with KCAD this year on the creation of the Sustainable Art Award. We wanted to make a meaningful contribution to an artist who reflects our belief that sustainability leads to innovation,” said Cascade Engineering Senior HR Manager Sharon Darby.

”KCAD is proud to partner with Cascade Engineering on this award. Our organizations share a deep commitment to the global advancement of sustainability, and ArtPrize is a powerful platform for exploring the role that artists and designers play in furthering critical conversations about our relationship to our natural environment,” said KCAD President Leslie Bellavance.  

Alice Gray Stites, chief curator and museum director of 21C Museum Hotels, will act as juror for the award, selecting the artist whose work best reflects the context of sustainability. Gray Stites previously served as the Outstanding Venue juror for ArtPrize 2013.

The winner of the Sustainable Art Award will be announced at the 2016 ArtPrize Awards on Friday, October 7.