for the ArtPrize
Two dozen local artists seek their fortune in Grand Rapids contest
By Al Parker 9/21/09
Traverse City artist Eric Daigh shoves the last of 23,625 push pins into place, then stands back to examine his four x six-foot portrait with a critical eye.
Im entering three portraits, he tells a visitor. Each will be made in five colors of pushpins white, black, red, blue and yellow. Once completed, they will be tied (with each other) for the Largest Pushpin Mosaic in the World in the Guinness Book of World Records. I currently hold that record, but will be beating my own record.
Daigh is one of some two dozen Northern Michigan artists entered in ArtPrize, an unprecedented competition that will award nearly $500,000 to prize winners, including $250,000 to the artist who receives the most public votes.
The event begins Sept. 23 and runs through Oct. 10 in Grand Rapids. ArtPrize will have no formal jury, curator or judge. The viewing public will decide who wins the prizes by voting, using mobile devices and the web. ArtPrize has attracted 1,262 artists from almost every state and many countries, including Italy, Sweden, England, Israel, Mexico and Canada. Its expected to draw art enthusiasts from across the globe.