Partners name winner of Sustainable Art Award


"Traces," by Lina Puerta. Courtesy KCAD

A piece of art that was featured downtown during ArtPrize is the recipient of a new Sustainable Art Award from a college and manufacturer.

Lina Puerta received the $5,000 award for "Traces," which was on display throughout ArtPrize inside the The Fed Galleries @ KCAD.

The piece is described as creating “textural forms and compositions that blend the human-made world with the natural, exploring notions of control, consumerism and life’s fragility.”

The Sustainable Art Award is the result of a partnership between Kendall College of Art and Design, or KCAD, and Grand Rapids-based Cascade Engineering, with the manufacturing company funding the award.

The 11 artists participating in KCAD’s ArtPrize exhibition "RE" inside The Fed Galleries @ KCAD were eligible for the award.

Alice Gray Stites, chief curator and museum director of 21C Museum Hotels, served as juror for the award. She previously served as the Outstanding Venue juror for ArtPrize 2013.

Stites was tasked with selecting the artist whose work “best reflects the context of sustainability.”

“'Traces' stands out as an exceptionally well-conceived and crafted exploration of the notion of sustainability,” Stites said.

Sharon Darby, Cascade Engineering senior HR manager, said the company wanted to make a “meaningful contribution” to an artist who “reflects our belief that sustainability leads to innovation.”

Leslie Bellavance, KCAD president, said the college and Cascade Engineering share a commitment to the global advancement of sustainability.

“ArtPrize is a powerful platform for exploring the role that artists and designers play in furthering critical conversations about our relationship to our natural environment,” she said.

The thematic framework for "RE" was inspired in part by KCAD’s partnership with Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids for ArtPrize Eight, which aimed at engaging visitors in a conversation about the opportunities for more sustainable living.

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