ArtPrize’s Jury and Public Bestow $300,000 on Anila Quayyum Agha

Anila Quayyum Agha, Intersections (2014) installed at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, as part of its 2014 ArtPrize exhibition. Photo: Cait Munro.
Anila Quayyum Agha, Intersections (2014) installed at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, as part of its 2014 ArtPrize exhibition. Photo: Cait Munro.

On Friday the Indianapolis-based installation artist Anila Quayyum Agha became the first artist ever to sway both the public and the jury vote at ArtPrize. Her installation at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Intersections, garnered enough votes to take home the Public Vote Grand Prize ($200,000), and split the $200,000 Juried Grand Prize with Sonya Clark’s The Haircraft Project, bringing Agha’s total winnings from the sixth edition of the annual contemporary art exhibition and competition to $300,000. Clark received $100,000, the other half of the jury prize.

“The push and pull between the popular and expert approaches to assessing art is what makes the parallel award structure so intriguing,” ArtPrize’s executive director Christian Gaines said in a statement. “Over the last couple of weeks we’ve seen this conversation grow and change, showing us that it is possible to find a consensus, to find that sweet spot where popular and expert opinions coincide.”

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Julie Schenkelberg, Symptomatic Constant (2014).
Photo: Courtesy the artist, Asya Geisberg Gallery.

The public vote winners, by category, were as follows:

Two-Dimensional
($20,000 winner) Gretchyn Lauer of Grand Rapids, Michigan, for Outcry at DeVos Place Convention Center
Sandra Bryant of Lynden, Washington, for Into the Autumn Woods at DeVos Place Convention Center
Frits Hoendervanger of Detroit, for Autumn’s Passage at Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
Armin Mersmann of Midland, Michigan, for Gabriella at Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
Mark Middleton of Midland, Michigan, for Perspective at The B.O.B

Three-Dimensional
($20,000 winner) Marc Sijan of Milwaukee, for Reciprocity at Grand Rapids Art Museum
Jilly Barnes of Pentwater, Michigan, for Engulfed in Glass at Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
Dominic Pangborn of Detroit, for Michigan in Motion at DeVos Place Convention Center
Dan Heffron of Manton, Michigan, for Poseidon’s Paradise at The B.O.B
Kroeze Krew of Grand Rapids, for The Pond at Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

Time-Based
($20,000 winner) Robert Shangle of Sparta, Michigan, for Your Move? at Harris Building
Carol Roeda of Ada, Michigan, for Color Out the Darkness at Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
Nathan Lareau of Grand Rapids, for Urban Tumbleweed at Cathedral Square
NewD Media of Farmington, Michigan, for Peralux at Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts
Liz Roberts of Delaware, Ohio, for Always Nowhere at Grand Rapids Art Museum

Installation
(Public Vote Grand Prize Winner) Anila Quayyum Agha of Indianapolis, for Intersections at Grand Rapids Art Museum
Nahoko Kojima of London, Southwark, for A Series of Handmade Japanese Paper Cut Sculptures at Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
Ryan Spencer Reed of Ludington, Michigan, for Despite Similarities to Reality, This is a Work of Fiction at Grand Rapids Art Museum
Kevin Sudeith of Brooklyn, New York, for Grand River Fish Petroglyph at Grand Rapids Public Museum
Dave MacKenzie of Spring Lake, Michigan, for Breathe at The B.O.B

And the Juried Category Award winners were:

Two-Dimensional: Sonya Clark of Richmond, Virginia, for The Haircraft Project at Kendall College of Art & Design
Three-Dimensional: — Maximo Gonzalez of Mexico City, for Tengo Hambre at Kendall College of Art & Design
Time-Based: Dance in the Annex of Grand Rapids, for respirador (breather) at SiTE:LAB
Installation: Julie Schenkelberg of Brooklyn, New York, for Symptomatic Constant (above) at SiTE:LAB
Venue: SiTE:LAB @ The Morton


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