Brimmer Chosen for ArtPrize's Top 5 Urban Space Category

Posted on: September 24, 2013

artprize1Assistant professor of Advertising Henry Brimmer is one of only 19 artists whose work was chosen among 1,524 ArtPrize entries and 169 venues for this year's Top 25 Juried Short List.

Brimmer and the other top artists and venues now vie for $200,000 in juried awards, including a $100,000 grand prize and $20,000 cash prizes for the top entry in each of five categories - Best Two-Dimensional Work, Best Three-Dimensional Work, Best Time-Based Work, Best Use of Urban Space and Best Venue.

Brimmer's entry, "I want to be different," is among the top five chosen in the Best Use of Urban Space category.

A five-juror panel of international art experts whittled the field of 1,524 works of art down to 19 finalists and 169 venues down to five. Only 19 entries were chosen because one entry, "Facing Al Aqaba" by Maurice Jacobsen," was nominated in two categories - Best Time-Based Work and Best Use of Urban Space.

The Top 25 Juried Short List was announced Sept. 23. Winners of the juried awards will be named at the ArtPrize Awards ceremony Friday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. As part of the Top 25 Juried Short List, Brimmer received a plaque to be hung near his work indicating that it is an award nominee.

"I am thrilled that my entry has been selected to the top five entries in the Best Use of Urban Space category," Brimmer said. "The popular vote is coming up this weekend and is important, but to have your work selected by a 'professional' juror is extremely gratifying."

Brimmer's entry features a 40-foot, 150-pound ladder suspended in mid air above Ionia Avenue in downtown Grand Rapids.

"Visual literacy is at the center of what we teach. It's to have our students recognize that anything they use has connections that people make," Brimmer said. "This may be the ladder that you put up and fell off, or the ladder that helps you get the nice fruit at the top of the tree, or the ladder that you use to clear the gutter in your house or to paint the wall, or whatever. We all have experiences with a ladder, so it means something. It's a symbol. It's a ladder, but at the same time it's a symbol."

This is the third year in a row Brimmer is participating in ArtPrize, an international art competition held each year in Grand Rapids, Mich. Last year, his "Gravity Matter's Little" entry made it into the Top 25 among the public vote out of 1,517 entries.

In addition to the juried awards, the public also votes on the entries to distribute $360,000 in prizes with the top prize overall of $200,000 decided entirely by public vote.

To vote, you must sign up for an account. Once you are signed up, you must check in at the event by either visiting the ArtPrize Hub, any exhibition center or another voting site or you may use the free ArtPrize app for iPhone and Android phones to check in.

Round one of voting to determine the Top Ten runs until 11:59 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28. The Top Ten will be announced on Sunday, Sept. 29, at 2 p.m. Each of the Top Ten entries is guaranteed an award.

During round two of voting, those who have registered may cast one final vote for the Top Ten entry they want to receive the $200,000 grand prize. Round two begins directly after the Top Ten announcement and goes until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3. Winners of the public vote will be announced at the ArtPrize Awards ceremony Oct. 4. This year's ArtPrize runs through Oct. 6.

To vote for Brimmer's entry, use vote code 54235.

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