Professor's work accepted into ArtPrize

Posted on: August 22, 2011

Michigan State University faculty member Henry Brimmer has created artwork that will be showcased at the Grand Rapids Art Museum as part of ArtPrize.

ArtPrize 2011 - Touch Wood from Mike B Daniels on Vimeo.

ArtPrize is an open art competition based in Grand Rapids that awards nearly $450,000 to winners. The contest runs Sept. 21 through Oct. 9 and will be decided solely on public votes. Brimmer is among 1,582 artists from 36 countries that will participate in this year’s event.

Brimmer is an assistant professor in the MSU Department of Advertising, Public Relations, and Retailing. He joined MSU in 2006 as a graphic designer, photographer, and educator. His mixed media installation for ArtPrize is entitled “Touch wood.” He said the art “touches on the tension between nature and man-made materials, trees and lumber, natural habitat and urban sprawl.”

This is Brimmer’s first participation in ArtPrize. He was excited to be one of the 32 artists whose work will be showcased in the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

“When I visited ArtPrize last year, I was impressed by the lines of people waiting outside the museum – not to see a sporting event, or a rock concert, but to see art. I thought it would be a fun challenge to participate this year,” Brimmer said.

Brimmer is a key faculty member of MSU Media Sandbox, a new collaborative within the College of Communication Arts and Sciences that fosters creativity across disciplines within the college and the university. The Media Sandbox will include an integrated media arts curriculum, visiting artists, special events, creative projects by faculty and students and more.

“After 25 years of teaching, I still enjoy rattling young minds to solve problems creatively in a non-linear fashion … starting with my own,” said Brimmer. “Passion, curiosity and the pursuit of excellence are what I would like to instill in my students.”

Visitors can view Brimmer’s work with paid admissions as early as Sept. 8 during normal museum hours. The public can view the work for free during ArtPrize from Sept. 21-Oct. 9. On Sept. 22, Brimmer will present his work and participate in a panel discussion from 7-9 p.m. in the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

Attendees can vote for Brimmer using the code 41741 the following ways:
•    text message to 808080 (code 41741)
•    iPhone application by downloading the ArtPrize app from iTunes (code 41471)
•    online at Search for artist: Brimmer and enter code 41741.
•    mobile browser via Search for artist: Brimmer and enter code 41741.

For more information about ArtPrize, go online to

Contact: Kirsten Khire, Communication Arts & Sciences, Phone: 517-432-0013, Cell: 517-944-1148,; Henry Brimmer, Communication Arts & Sciences, Phone: 517-432-7078,

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