Michiganders hold serve at ArtPrize 2013

by K.M. Zahrt

Over the weekend, the winners of Grand Rapids’ ArtPrize 2013 were announced, and Michiganders were well represented. Three of the top 10 finalists in the public vote, including the top two, were from Michigan. The seven other finalists hailed from around the nation.

Ann Loveless from Frankfurt, Michigan, took first prize with her quilt, “Sleeping Bear Dune Lakeshore.”

Sleeping Bear Dunes

Anni Crouter from Flint, Michigan, took second place with her series of acrylic paintings, “Polar Expressed.”


Nick Jakubiak from Battle Creek, Michigan, took tenth place with his panda bear sculpture constructed from re-purposed tires, “Tired Pandas.”


There were many other great works of art from Michiganders submitted to this year’s ArtPrize contest. Here are a few that stood out to me:

Calvin Kemppainen from Charlevoix, Michigan, made the top 100 with his oil on canvas painting, “Celebration on the Grand.”


Karen Turckes from Milford, Michigan, produced this mesmerizing fiber art, “Horizon Beneath the Sea.”


Mark Chatterley from Williamston, Michigan, produced this fun grouping of clay sculptures, “Conversation.”


Lou Rodriguez from South Haven, Michigan, made the metal sculpture, “Good Luck Fish.”

Good Luck Fish

My personal favorite, however, was displayed slightly off the beaten path. “Serendipity” from Michigander painter extraordinaire, Sy Ellens, from Kalamazoo, Michigan, is a trademark Ellens’ landscape of the Grand Haven shoreline, which was a 2010 ArtPrize entry. Following the 2010 contest, the DeVos family couldn’t resist purchasing it and hanging it prominently in the DeVos Place.



Likewise, since Sy Ellens is a personal friend and mentor to me, I couldn’t resist this opportunity to draw your attention to his work.

Thank you to all of the Michigan artists who represented our state so well at ArtPrize, which continues to attract more and more national attention.


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