ArtPrize names jurors


The ArtPrize 2014 installation “there’s something happening here . . .” by Henry Brimmer watches over downtown Grand Rapids. The entry was a juried finalist in the installation category. Photo via

ArtPrize has announced its group of jurors for this year’s event.

The annual public art competition said yesterday that it has picked seven members of the art industry to judge this fall’s juried winners.

"We chose to work with jurors who are not only experts in their field, but also bring a distinct point of view,” said Kevin Buist, exhibitions director, ArtPrize. “The public vote functions as an aggregate of thousands of opinions, and we've designed the juried awards to operate as a foil to that populist approach. The jurors' job is not to ferret out the objectively 'best' artwork. Instead, they're charged with finding works that are surprising, masterful and relevant from their expert perspective."

Juried Grand Prize

A panel of three jurors will choose the winner of the Juried Grand Prize, which receives $200,000.

Franklin Sirmans: department head and curator of contemporary art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Michael Rakowitz: artist from Chicago

Wangechi Mutu: artist from Brooklyn

Category judges

Four entries from four categories and an outstanding venue will also be awarded a juried prize, worth $12,500.

3-D category: Sarah Urist Green, host of PBS’ “The Art Assignment"

Time-based performances: Shari Frilot, senior programmer of Sundance Film Festival and curator of New Frontier at Sundance

Installation: Robin Cembalest, New York-based editor and critic

Outstanding venue: Steven Matijcio, curator at Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center

2-D category: Judge will be announced at a later date


ArtPrize expanded to include a juried prize in 2010, allowing the competition to split the $500,000 prize between public and juried awards.

Previous jurors have included Theaster Gates, Jerry Saltz, Susan Sollins, Mel Chin and Anne Pasternak.

Category jurors will choose their shortlists of five entries the first weekend of ArtPrize, Sept. 26-27. Those 20 juried finalists then compete for the Juried Grand Prize.

The Juried Grand Prize and juried category winners will be announced at the ArtPrize Awards on Oct. 9.


Artist registration runs until June 4.

ArtPrize begins Sept. 23 and runs until Oct. 11.

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