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KCAD Community Makes Big Splash on ArtPrize Eight Jurors’ Shortlist

Posted September 27, 2016 in StudentFacultyAlumniArtPrizePublic

Last night, ArtPrize revealed the entries chosen by jurors as finalists in the eighth annual radically open art competition, and the KCAD community is well represented in each of the five categories.

The Fed Galleries @ KCAD were named to the jurors’ shortlist for the Outstanding Venue Award for the fourth straight year. For this year’s exhibition, RE·, Curator of Exhibitions Michele Bosak sought out both local and global artists who consider the timely and critical 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.

RE exhibition in The Fed Galleries @ KCAD

“This show is about environment, sustainability, consumption, and climate change, topics that we all understand as being really important,” said Outstanding Venue juror Steve Dietz, founder of Northern Lights.mn in Minneapolis. “It’s a series of projects that are beautiful forms telling beautiful stories.”

One of the pieces in RE·, Matthew Steinke’s “The Magnetosphere,” was named to the Time Based category shortlist. Steinke’s piece unites found objects through electromagnetism and sonic resonance, producing a rich palette of sound that echoes feelings of weightlessness in space.

“I loved this piece immediately because it’s very immersive… a mediation on how we create sound,” said Time Based juror Yesomi Umolu, exhibitions curator for the Reva and Logan Center for the Arts in Chicago. “It’s very playful and fun.”

The Magnetosphere by Matthew Steinke"The Magnetosphere" by Matthew Steinke, on display in the RE· exhibition inside The Fed Galleries @ KCAD, was named to the jurors' shortlist in the Time Based category. 

A number of KCAD faculty, alumni, and current students also found themselves in the spotlight.

The (RE)COMPOSE exhibition at 130 Ottawa, curated by KCAD alumna Brianna Baurichter (’16, MFA) and featuring work by Drawing Assistant Professor Danielle Wyckoff, alumni Elizabeth Hubler-Torrey (’14, MFA) and Madison May (’16, BFA Printmaking), and current MFA student Amber Bledsoe, was named to the jurors’ shortlist for the Outstanding Venue Award. Baurichter was one of four recipients of ArtPrize’s 2016 Fellowship for Emerging Curators.

work by Drawing faculty member Danielle WyckoffThe (RE) COMPOSE exhibition, curated by KCAD alumna Brianna Baurichter, includes Drawing Assistant Professor Danielle Wyckoff's "perception--reflection--reception--return" (above) and alumna Elizabeth Hubler-Torrey's "Oceanus Transpectus II" (below). The exhibition was named to the jurors' shortlist for the Oustanding Venue Award. (images courtesy of the artists)

work by alumna Elizabeth Hubler-Torrey

“This exhibition is happening in an unused office space. An exhibition doesn’t have to happen in a space with pristine white walls,” said Dietz. “I was impressed with how the artists combined ephemeral materials with more permanent materials to transform them into something else. This was a series of beautiful installations.”

Also named to the juror’s shortlist for the Outstanding Venue Award was the space at 912 Grandville occupied by a group of artists known as the Cultura Collective, which features KCAD alumnus Ricardo Gonzalez (’16, MFA) and current students Piper Fields (Digital Media) and David Frison IV (Graphic Design).

“It’s so important for communities to self-represent, and this exhibition brings in artists who reflect their community and celebrates them,” said Dietz.

work by student David FrisonThe collaborative exhibition from the Cultura Collective, which landed on the jurors' shortlist for the Outstanding Venue Award, includes Graphic Design student David Frison IV's "Foundation" (above) and Digital Media student Piper Fields' "Queen Collection" (below). (images courtesy of the artists)

work by student Piper Fields

All of the work created by Cultura Collective members has been entered into ArtPrize Eight as a single entry titled “This Space is Not Abandoned.” The uniquely collaborative entry earned a spot on the jurors’ shortlist in the Installation category.  

“I love this space for so many reasons. It was interesting to see an entire collectively curated project, and it’s beautiful to consider something site-specifically by its community,” said Installation juror Deana Haggag, director of The Contemporary in Baltimore, MD. “[The exhibition] was so diverse in materials, and what really sealed the deal was the curatorial statement, talking about how art can be accessible and who that’s for.”

In the 2D category, KCAD alumna and current MFA student Chakila Hoskins (’12 BFA Painting) landed on the jurors’ shortlist with her piece entitled “Transformation (Metamorphosis),” showing at Waters Center.

“The artist invokes all of these different aspects we associate with classical art, and it forces you to ask, ‘why is the subject of this very classical work a little African American girl?’ For me it really underscored the fact that we are not used to seeing representations of little African American girls in Western art, and by inserting this little girl into this tradition it draws attention to that absence,” said 2D juror Tina Rivers Ryan, a New York-based art historian and critic.

work by alumna and current MFA student Chakila Hoskins"Transformation (Metamorphosis)" by alumna and current MFA student Chakila Hoskins was named to the jurors' shortlist in the 2D category. (image courtesy of the artist)

Photography Professor Darlene Kaczmarczyk’s photographic collage series “Homegoing” is featured in the exhibition at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, which was also named to the jurors’ shortlist for the Outstanding Venue Award.

work by Photography Professor Darlene Kaczmarczyk"Cake Lady" by Photography Professor Darlene Kaczmarczyk, part of her pphotographic collage series “Homegoing” at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, which was named to the jurors' shortlist for the Outstanding Venue Award. (image courtesy of the artist)

Julia Victor, the ArtPrize 2016 Curatorial Fellow paired with The Fed Galleries @ KCAD, earned two shortlist nods for her exhibition CITY FLUX: Art, Architecture & Grand Rapids, located at 50 Monroe. Both Francisco Pinheiro’s “Grand River” and Bailey Romaine’s “Support Surfaces (I, II, III) were named to the shortlist in the 3D category.

Francisco Pinheiro's Grand River"Grand River" by Francisco Pinheiro, one of two pieces named to the jurors' shortlist from the CITY FLUX: Art, Architecture & Grand Rapids exhibition curated by KCAD's 2016 ArtPrize Curatorial Fellow Julia Victor.

KCAD’s Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) was also prominently featured, with three pieces in the FUTURE TALK exhibition, curated by UICA Curator and KCAD alumna Heather Duffy (’12, MFA), named to the jurors’ shortlist: Eric Dickson’s “Wars and Rumors of Wars” (Installation), Eric Souther’s “Search Engine Vision ‘ISIS’” (Time Based), and Kayla Anderson’s “SetOutputWorld (called with a world of the wrong size)” (3D).

Search Engine Vision ISIS by Eric Souther"Search Engine Vision 'ISIS'" by Eric Souther, one of three pieces in UICA's FUTURE TALK exhbition named to the jurors' shortlist. 

In addition, Louise Chen’s mural on the exterior of the Grand Rapids Ballet, “Untitled,” which was created through the UICA Exit Space Project, earned a spot on the Installation jurors’ shortlist. 

Louise Chen next to her muralLouise Chen's mural "Untitled" was named to the jurors' shortlist in the Installation category. The mural was created through UICA"s Exit Space Project. 

All of the pieces named to the jurors’ shortlist are eligible to win juried category awards as well as the $200,000 Juried Grand Prize. Top entries in terms of public voting will be revealed in the days to come.