ArtPrize Seven Grand Prize Jurors Discuss $200,000 Winner

The ArtPrize Seven Grand Prize Jurors reflect on their decision to award the $200,000 Juried Grand Prize to 'Higher Ground' by Kate Gilmore.“Kate Gilmore’s piece is really kind of magical in a way that we’ve maybe lost sight of. It really can contribute to a shared mythology that we can all unpack. And even though the object isn’t there [after ArtPrize Seven], we can continue to tell each other the stories about it.” — Dan Cameron, founder of Prospect New Orleans

Posted by ArtPrize on Friday, October 16, 2015

Artprize 2015 Information Rumsey St. Project


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For 2015 and 2016, SiTE:LAB has been presented with a unique opportunity for its most ambitious project to date.  Habitat for Humanity of Kent County has offered SiTE:LAB the use of nearly three acres of land in Grand Rapids’ Roosevelt Park neighborhood. The plan is to turn the land and existing structures into a temporary art center and residency until Habitat begins its redevelopment of the properties starting in 2017

SiTE:LAB’s plans for the Rumsey Street Project focus on large-scale site-specific work done by both local and international artists, responding to the vacant land and structures.  An international design competition will also be held to select a plan for a temporary neighborhood gathering place. The locations will also be used for ongoing projects and will be the base for Sitelab’s  Artprize 2015 and 2016 exhibitions. 

Please see RumseyStProject.Org  for more information.

333 Rumsey St. NW Grand Rapids Mi. 49503

SiTE:LAB creates temporary site-specific art projects aimed at facilitating dynamic collaborations between the art, design, education, business and cultural communities of Grand Rapids.

The best venue was called Site:Lab, a takeover of the former Grand Rapids Public Museum that was organized and curated by Paul Amenta. Site:Lab wasn’t just good for Grand Rapids, it was really good for anywhere. 

Tyler Green


“Every time I’ve ever seen one of these shows, it’s one of the best things I’ve ever seen. And I think SiTE:LAB . . . should be in Frieze, Basel, Basel Switzerland, Basel Miami, everyplace. . . . I just think it’s some of the best, most witty and creative, open. Chaotic. In the best sense of the word. They bring the chaos, where new order comes from.”

Jerry Saltz

Senior Art Critic , New York Magazine