The creators of ArtPrize® – the most attended public art event on the planet – are launching another world-class art experience in Grand Rapids. Project 1 by ArtPrize is the first in a series of citywide exhibitions of public art taking place in the years between biennial ArtPrize competitions.
Differing from both ArtPrize and traditional biennials, Project 1 will focus on just five artists, each producing large public artworks. Many of these artworks will occupy multiple sites throughout the city, some will function as stages for performing arts and other collaborations, while still others will be geared toward various forms of audience participation.
Organized under the title “Crossed Lines,” these multifaceted installations, urban interventions and community-oriented projects will explore how lines are drawn—literally and figuratively—to demarcate public and private space, as well as how boundaries inform our movement and our sense of belonging within the city. This theme reflects the complex conditions of Grand Rapids, a place with a rich legacy of public art defining and enhancing civic space, yet still confronted with difficult questions about access and boundaries, both visible and invisible.
The Artists of Project 1
Amanda Browder, a Brooklyn-based artist, produces large-scale fabric installations for building exteriors and other public sites, engaging the communities where her projects take place, gatherings both materials and stories.
Photo Credit: (Left) Amanda Brower. Photos courtesy of the artist; supplied by ArtPrize. (Right) Spectral Locus by Amanda Browder. Photo by Tom Loonan; supplied by ArtPrize.
Heather Hart, also based in Brooklyn, is an interdisciplinary artist exploring the power in thresholds — her submerged rooftops, complete with shingles and dormer windows, encourage visitors to climb on top and inside and contemplate regional oral histories, as well as serve as a stage for performance.
Photo Credit: (Left) Heather Hart. Photo courtesy of the artist; supplied by ArtPrize. (Right) Oracle of Lacuna by Heather Hart. Photo courtesy of the artist; supplied by ArtPrize.
Olalekan Jeyifous is a Nigerian born, Brooklyn-based artist and architect whose work in public art, installation, drawing, collage and design explores the past and potential futures of urban environments.
Photo Credit: (Left) Olalekan Jeyifous. Photo courtesy of the artist; supplied by ArtPrize. (Right) Crown Ether by Olalekan Jeyifous. Photo by Andrew Jorgenson; supplied by ArtPrize.
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, a Mexican-Canadian artist, develops interactive installations that live at the intersection of architecture and performance art.
Photo Credit: (Left) Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. Photo courtesy of the artist; supplied by ArtPrize. (Right) Pulse Park, Relational Architecture 14 by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. Photo by James Ewig; supplied by ArtPrize.
Paul Amenda, local artist and curator, and architect Ted Lott will create an architectural intervention open to the community and activated by performances and events — the work will flip ADA specifications from design constraint to design inspiration, and the entire structure will be accessible.
Photo Credit: Photo Credit: (Left) Paul Amenta. Photo courtesy of the artist; supplied by ArtPrize. (Right) Ted Lott. Photo courtesy of the artist; supplied by ArtPrize.
Each artist will create new and unique installations for Project 1!
Does Project 1 replace ArtPrize?
No. ArtPrize is now held on an every-other-year schedule, as is Project 1. Each event occurs in the fall of alternating years:
2019 - Project 1 by ArtPrize - September 7 - October 27
2020 - ArtPrize 11 - September 16 – October 4
2021 - Project 2 by ArtPrize - September - October
2022 - ArtPrize 12 - September 21 – October 9
2023 - Project 3 by ArtPrize - September - October
2024 - ArtPrize 13 - September 18 – October 6
2025 - Project 4 by ArtPrize - September - October
How is Project 1 different from ArtPrize?
ArtPrize is a competition, with thousands of artists vying for cash prizes awarded by public and juried votes.
Project 1 more closely resembles a traditional art exhibit – though the size and scale of it is anything but traditional. Project 1 organizers work with internationally renowned curators to select a handful of artists that devote significant time and resources to creating bold, expansive outdoor exhibits that transform the Grand Rapids landscape.