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Kendall Entries Among Top Picks at ArtPrize

Posted September 25, 2012 in StudentAlumniArtPrize

Kendall students, alumni and exhibitions were well-represented on the ArtPrize Short List, which consists of the top five pieces in each of five juried categories, as well as the public's top 25 vote-getters.

"Disabilities and Sexuality” by Kendall College of Art and Design Photography major Robert Coombs is among five ArtPrize entries vying for Best Two-Dimensional Work, an award to be selected by Washington-based art journalist Tyler Green, a columnist for Modern Painters. Green edits and writes Modern Art Notes, which The Wall Street Journal has called "the most influential of all visual arts blogs."

When he saw the announcement, broadcast live on WOOD-TV Monday eveing, Coombs posted on his Facebook page, “Tears of joy literally started volleying out of my face! Thank you to all my friends and family, who have helped me throughout the years, and I would like to thank my models who are willing to bare all! Thank you so much!”

Coombs was also recognized by his venue, Fountain Street Church, which awarded him their $1,000 Social Action Award for his photographs. The award, sponsored by the church's Social Action Committee, was judged by Grand Valley State University professors Anna Campbell and Brett Cooley.

Described as “wonderfully weird,” “Mr. Weekend,” the 15-foot-tall talking sock puppet from Kendall's Role/Play ArtPrize exhibition, was named a top five pick in not one but two juried categories.

Created by Mike Simi of Seattle, Wash., “Mr. Weekend” was chosen by Lisa Frieman, chair of the Indianapolis Museum of Art's contemporary art department, in the Best Three-Dimensional Work category, and by Cathy Edwards, director of Performance Programs at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven, Conn., in the Best Time-Based and Performance Work category.

Edwards also named “Whole,” a mixed-media and video installation by Hillerbrand + Magsamen of Houston, Tex., as one of her top five picks in Time-Based and Performance Work.

Gabriel Dawe’s “Plexus No. 18,” an incredible tension-based sculptural installation of vibrantly colored sewing thread, was among the public's favorites, landing on the Top 25 list. 

“Mr. Weekend,” “Whole,” and “Plexus No. 18” are among the 13 pieces exhibited in Kendall College of Art and Design’s Historic Federal Building Gallery.

Also enjoying a spot on the public's top 25 list was alumnus Justin La Doux's piece, "On Thin Ice," a sculpture made entirely of recycled materials, at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum Among the top 50 can be found alumnus Jody Williams' "Legacy" piece, a "mosaic tile" oil painting on linen, at the DeVos Place Convention Center.

Round one of the public vote continues through Saturday, September 29 at 11:59pm. Visit artprize.org for more information, and be sure to vote for your Kendall favorites!