Three Alums Showcase Work at ArtPrize

Posted on: September 24, 2013

ArtPrize_ToddReedThe work of three College of Communication Arts and Sciences alumni can be seen at this year's ArtPrize, including the work of award-winning nature photographer Todd Reed, a 1971 Journalism graduate. The international art competition in Grand Rapids, Mich., started Sept. 18 and runs through Oct. 6.

This is the fifth year in a row Reed has entered ArtPrize, each time teaming up with his son, Brad Reed, an accomplished photographer himself. Together, the Reeds own and operate Todd & Brad Reed Photo Gallery in Ludington, Mich.

The Reeds' 2013 ArtPrize entry, "A Michigan Tribute," comes from 1,014 images taken throughout Michigan by the father-son team over the coarse of a year in 2012. For the yearlong project, they traveled from sunrise to sunset each Tuesday to different locations in Michigan to showcase what they love about the state.

The actual entry consists of three fine art canvases - two canvases are of images "Birch Forest Melody" shot in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in the Upper Peninsula and "Huron Color Dance" shot along the Huron River on the campus of the University of Michigan. The third canvas is a Michigan-shaped mosaic incorporating 731 images from the project.

"We spent a year of Tuesdays crisscrossing Michigan documenting the beauty of our great state as we discovered, photographed and wrote about it. We were determined to pay tribute to the beauty of our great state," Todd Reed said.

"As visual artists, we were already well aware of Michigan's beauty. And yet it seemed every next bend in the road or bank of an airplane during 35,000 miles of travels revealed another visual Michigan treasure we had never seen. Michigan inspired us and left us in awe."

Todd Reed has been recording Michigan scenes for more than 40 years. Many of those years he spent as a photojournalist for the Ludington Daily News, where he won dozens of industry awards for his photos.

"MSU prepared me well to be a journalist," Reed said. "Twenty-three years of on-the-job-training at the Ludington Daily News taught me to be a good photographer and to see the world in pictures."

Reed said he had a lot of outstanding CAS professors, but the two who impacted him the most were former Journalism professor Mary Gardner, who died in January 2004 and now has an endowed lecture series named in her honor, and former director of the School of Journalism Stan Soffin, who now is the MSU ombudsman.

"As a journalism student of the renowned Professor Mary Gardner, I learned 'the application of the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair.' She was tough but dedicated and taught you how to tackle big projects and get them done professionally," Reed said. "Professor Stan Soffin had the ability to motivate you and make you believe in your ability and potential."

Todd and Brad Reed's 2013 ArtPrize entry, "A Michigan Tribute," can be seen at The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids. To vote for their entry use vote code 54247.

Other CAS alumni with ArtPrize entries include Michael Carlson, 82' Advertising, and Karen Turckes, 80' Retailing-Clothing and Textiles.

Michael Carlson, "Breath of Breeze"

Carlson's "Breath of Breeze" entry is a black-and-white photo of the tall ship, Friends Good Will, which was built in Michigan at River Rouge in 1810 as a merchant vessel and today is operated by the Michigan Maritime Museum in South Haven, Mich., as an interactive, floating classroom that offers daily sails and private charters. Carlson is a member of the Michigan Maritime Museum.

This is the first time Carslon has entered ArtPrize. "Breath of Breeze" can be seen at the Women's City Club, 254 East Fulton St., Grand Rapids. To vote for Carlson's entry use vote code 54695.

Karen Turckes, "Horizon Beneath the Sea"

Turckes is a fiber artist and teacher who lives in Milford, Mich. Her ArtPrize entry, "Horizon Beneath the Sea," is a fiber art installation showing an underwater scene. Her work is inspired by water and the way it interacts with light. She dyes her own cloth and adds interest to the fabric using various surface design techniques.

"My art is about water because I have always been drawn to it. I love its many moods and colors. I love the way it feels and sounds," Turckes is quoted as saying on the ArtPrize website. "I also am fascinated by the interaction of light and water. Everything is made of light. It is the messenger of life. The light passes thru the water and forms patterns on the sandy floor."

This is the first time Turckes has entered ArtPrize. "Horizon Beneath the Sea" can be seen at DeVos Place Convention Center, 303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids. To vote for Turckes entry, use vote code 54380.

How to Vote at ArtPrize

ArtPrize is open to any artist and decided by public vote. It invites artists to try out new ideas on a large and diverse population of people and seeks to broaden the critical dialogue around contemporary art.

A total of $560,000 in prizes will be awarded with the top prize of $200,000 decided entirely by public vote. The public votes using mobile devices and the web to distribute $360,000 in prizes, while an additional $200,000 in juried awards, including a $100,000 juried grand prize, decided by a five-juror panel of international art experts.

This year's ArtPrize will include 1,524 entries representing 47 countries and 45 U.S. states and territories, and is expected to attract more than 400,000 active participants. Since its inception, individuals of all backgrounds have cast more than 1.7 million votes for public art.

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 takes place from Wednesday, Sept. 18, until 11:59 p.m. on 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, choosing one entry from the Top Ten 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 and juried awards will be announced at the ArtPrize Awards ceremony Oct. 4.

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