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Winners Selected for ArtPrize 2011, top prize of $250,000 went to artist Mia Tavonatti
"The experience of ArtPrize 2011 is that the opinions of people from all backgrounds are respected with arts professionals and the public standing on equal ground", said Rick DeVos, founder and chairman of ArtPrize.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI.- ArtPrize, the radically open, international art competition, tonight awarded $498,000 in cash prizes to 18 artists in the conclusion of the 19-day event. The awards ceremony took place at DeVos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids, Mich. The top prize of $250,000 went to Mia Tavonatti from Santa Ana, Calif. for her large-scale mosaic, Crucifixion. More than 382,000 votes were cast in ArtPrize 2011 and an estimated 500,000 visitors experienced the third annual competition.

ArtPrize is considered the world’s largest social art experiment and conversation on public art. With its public voting and juried awards, ArtPrize 2011 explored the tension between the professional and populist in an epic conversation that was its largest to date.

Rounding out the top three winners included Tracy Van Duinen of Chicago, Ill. who led a collaboration of artists to create Metaphorest, a mural featured at the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology; and Lynda Cole of Ann Arbor, Mich. for her sculpture installation, Rain, at the Public Museum of Grand Rapids. Van Duinen and Cole will receive $100,000 and $50,000, respectively.

ArtPrize stunned its audience by announcing the first-ever Award for Outstanding Venue, which went to SiTE:LAB, a creator of temporary site-specific art installations aimed at facilitating dynamic collaborations between the art, education, business and cultural communities.

“The experience of ArtPrize 2011 is that the opinions of people from all backgrounds are respected with arts professionals and the public standing on equal ground,” said Rick DeVos, founder and chairman of ArtPrize. “We are proud of all 18 winners tonight and the dialogue their work created.”

Juried award winners, which each received $7,000 include:
*Two-Dimensional - Mimi Kato, St. Louis, Mo.

*One Ordinary Day of an Ordinary Town, Three-Dimensional - Michelle Brody, New York, N.Y.

*International, Shinji Turner-Yamamoto, Cincinnati, Ohio,

*DISAPPEARANCES - an eternal journey, Time-Based Caroline Young, Chicago, Ill.,

*Remember:Replay:Repeat, Urban Space Catie Newell, Detroit, Mich.

*Salvaged Landscape, Sustainability-Laura Milkins, Tucson, Ariz.

*Walking Home: stories from the desert to the Great Lakes, Ox-Bow Residency - Evertt Beidler, Portland, Ore.

The remaining popular vote award winners, which each received $7,000 included:

*Laura Alexander, Columbus, Ohio, The Tempest II
*Paul Baliker, Palm Coast, Fla., Ocean Exodus
*Ritch Branstrom, Rapid River, Mich., “Rusty” A sense of direction/self portrait
*Sunti Pichetchaiyakul, Big Fork, Mont., President Gerald Ford Visits ArtPrize
*Robert Shangle, Sparta, Mich., Under Construction
*Bill Secunda, Butler, Pa., Mantis Dreaming
*Llew (Doc) Tilma, Wayland, Mich., Grizzlies on the Ford

ArtPrize 2011 began Sept. 21 with 1,582 artists from 39 countries and 43 U.S. states installing their work at 164 venues in a three-square-mile district in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Hundreds of thousands of people made their way to Grand Rapids to create a dialogue about contemporary art. As of the winning announcement, more than 130,000 people visited the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

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