KCAD Community Members Land in ArtPrize Eight Winners Circle

Posted October 8, 2016 in Gallery, ArtPrize, Campus, Alumni

At the 2016 ArtPrize Awards this past Friday, several members of the Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) community found themselves among the winners of the eighth annual radically open international art competition.

Among the evening’s biggest winners was not an individual artist, but a collective of artists dubbed the 912 CollABORATIVE. The group, which features KCAD alumnus Ricardo Gonzalez (’16, MFA) as well as current students Piper Fields (Digital Media) and David Frison IV (Graphic Design), won two separate juried category awards for the “This Space is Not Abandoned” exhibition at 912 Grandville Avenue. The first was the $12,500 Installation category award, followed by a split of the $12,500 Outstanding Venue award in a tie with SiTE:LAB.

Alumnus Ricardo GonzalezKCAD alumnus Ricardo Gonzalez in front of the mural he helped create at 912 Grandville Avenue. The mural was part of the 912 CollABORATIVE's winning entry in ArtPrize Eight

In announcing this year’s jurors’ short list on September 26, jurors praised the collaborative exhibition for its uniqueness, cohesiveness, and focus on community and cultural expression.

“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.”

work by student David Frison IVThe award winning exhibition from the 912 CollABORATIVE included 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

Outstanding Venue juror Steve Dietz, founder of Northern Lights.mn in Minneapolis, added, “It’s so important for communities to self-represent, and this exhibition brings in artists who reflect their community and celebrates them.”

Winning a $12,500 juried award in the Time-Based category was Eric Souther’s “Search Engine Vision ‘ISIS,’” featured in the FUTURE TALK exhibition at KCAD’s Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA). UICA Curator and KCAD alumna Heather Duffy (’12, MFA) accepted the award on Souther’s behalf.

Eric Souther's work at UICAEric Souther’s “Search Engine Vision ‘ISIS,’”“ winner of the $12,500 juried award in the Time-Based category

"Eric is an exceptional human, and exceptional artist, and an exceptional dad. I’m so proud to accept this on his behalf,” Duffy said.

Two pieces in KCAD’s RE• exhibition were recognized with independent awards.

The $5,000 Sustainable Art Award, created through a partnership between KCAD and Cascade Engineering, went to Lina Puerta’s “Traces.” New for 2016, the award recognizes an artist whose work best reflects the context of sustainability. Each of the 11 artists in RE· were eligible to win the award.

work by Lina Puerta"Traces" by Lina Puerta

Juan Obando’s “Museum Mixtape: Dirty South Edition,” also featured in the RE· exhibition, earned the $1,000 second-place Paul Collins Art Award.

Video still from Juan Obando's "Museum Mixtape: Dirty South Edition" 

View a complete list of ArtPrize Eight winners here.