ArtPrize is a "radically open, independently organized international art competition" held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, each fall. When Rick DeVos '04 came up with the idea, "he wanted everyone to notice," according to the Wall Street Journal article. Read about opening day by Meredith Fennema '12.
View and vote for these pieces by Calvin alumni, students, faculty and staff in this amazing public art event from Sept. 18–Oct. 6, 2013. (Are we missing anyone? Tell us at firstname.lastname@example.org.) Tip: Download the Calvin phone app; there's a permanent link to this site so you can quickly pull up the list when downtown.
Read below for more on Calvin's (106) Gallery's presence at ArtPrize, which will feature a selection of artists from across the United States, and for the many alumni involved in making this event happen.
Calvin ArtPrize Artists
Marlin Baker '68 | Monroe Community Church, 800 Monroe NW
Sound, mixed media
Rick Beerhorst '82 | DeVos Place Convention Center, 303 Monroe Ave NW
"Rick Beerhorst Painting"
2-D, oil paint
Jane (Seif) Blacquiere '74 | Monroe Community Church, 800 Monroe NW
"The Trees of the Fields Will Clap Their Hands"
3-D, mixed media
Adam Bock '09 | Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, 30 N Division Ave
2-D, hand-painted oil on panel
Lisa (Stob) Bulten '89 | Monroe Community Church, 800 Monroe NW
"Generational Tension: Forum for Blessing and Grace"
2-D, acrylic, ink and oil
William Chardon '77 | Westminster Presbyterian Church, 47 Jefferson SE
"Rialto Beach Compositions"
Peter Dykhuis '78 | Cathedral Square, 360 Division Ave S
"Inventory #1 - #2"
2-D, mixed media
Alison DeRooy '11 | Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 250 Commerce Ave SW
2-D, watercolor on paper
Nora Faber '98 | St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 134 N Division Ave
2-D, clay board
Katie Hiskes '11 | Wolverine Company Store, 40 Monroe Center NW
3-D, mixed media on canvas
Carol Jurgens '70 | Cathedral Square, 360 Division Ave S
"Stilled Light Showering Color"
2-D, acrylic paint
Stephanie Kang '13 | Ottawa-Fulton Parking Ramp, 22 Ottawa Ave
Installation, yarn and other craft materials
Rachel (Epp) Kibbe '00 | Monroe Community Church, 800 Monroe NW
"A Little Piece of Beyond"
2-D, cut paper
Nicholas Kroeze '73 | The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave NW
Shawn Krueger '98 | St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 134 N Division Ave
Mary Kuilema ex'73 and others | Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, 187 Monroe Ave NW
Verna Lubben '74 and others | Central District Cyclery, 52 Monroe Center NW
3-D, mixed media
Dan Nelson '77 | The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave NW
"Points of View 2"
Tim Nielsen '75 | 50 Monroe, 50 Monroe Ave NW
"New Topographics Revisited"
Mark Ottens ex'90 | Calvin's (106) Gallery, 106 S Division
"A Torrent Released from an Arm on South Division Avenue, 1988”
2-D, ink on paper
Robert Penning '73, Lin Culver '85 and others | First (Park) Congr. Church, 10 E. Park Place NE
"7,000 Leaves of Love"
Matthew Plescher '91 | Women's City Club, 254 East Fulton Street
2-D, oil on panal
Nate Post '00 | The Jon Hartman Photography Co. & 87 Orange Photography, 105 S Division Ave
"The Dream - Slices of Cardboard"
3-D, cardboard/plant life
Julie Quinn '80 | Monroe Community Church, 800 Monroe NW
Brad Reed '00 | The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave NW
"A Michigan Tribute"
Katie Miller Roodvoets '02 | Grapids, 1170 Plainfield Ave NE
"Beauty in Disorder: Beholding Williams Syndrome"
3-D, sculpture and mixed media
Julia Smilde '85 and Maria Smilde '14 | Oaks Street Park, 67 Ionia Ave NW
"Tin Roof Cats"
2-D Installation, photography alternative
Mary Steenwyk '88 | Grand Rapids Children's Museum, 11 Sheldon Ave NE
3-D, wood, metal, acrylic
Cassandra (Van Zee) Swierenga '79 | Monroe Community Church, 800 Monroe NW
Doris (Sjoerdsma) TeBos '54 | Arnie's, 710 Leonard NW
Jo-Ann Van Reeuwyk '83, Calvin art professor | Calvin's (106)
Gallery, 106 S Division
Sandy (DeHoog) VanderMey '76 | Women's City Club, 254 E Fulton St
James VanderMolen ex'80 | Monroe Community Church, 800 Monroe Ave NW
3-D, paper, foil
Peter Van Regenmorter '76 | O'Tooles, 448 Bridge St
Mandy Cano Villalobos, Calvin art professor | Calvin's (106)
Gallery, 106 S Division
Karisa Wilson '99 | St. Cecilia Music Center, 24 Ransom Ave NE
"The Courage of One"
Special ArtPrize hours for (106) are Monday–Saturday, 12–8 p.m.; Sunday 12–6 p.m.
This year Calvin's (106) Gallery presents, DELINEATION, an exhibition of ten ArtPrize artists whose artwork explores mark making, layering and story telling. Their work is primarily void of color, which in some cases serves to emphasize an organic or rhythmic quality. In other cases, the stark lines and repeating patterns act as an entry into questions of narrative, fantasy and social issues.
The artists are: Ross Bisbee, Calvin art professor Mandy Cano Villalobos, Lori Field, Mary Gaynier, Carla Hernandez, Karolina Kowalczyk, Natalie Nadeau, Mark Ottens, Marissa Tawney Thaler and Jo-Ann Van Reeuwyk.
And thanks to the Calvin alums involved in the leadership team for ArtPrize—Kevin Buist '06, Rick DeVos '04, Meredith Fennema '12, Amelea Pegman '01, Ben Poosawtsee '04 and Todd Herring '99. And we know many more alumni volunteer for this incredible event—thank you!