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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — I can’t imagine I’m the only one who found ArtPrize 7 a little underwhelming.

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Post image for The Little-Known Engineer Who Made the First Abstract Paintings in the US

MUSKEGON, Mich. — What’s especially significant about Manierre Dawson is that he made his breakthrough to non-objective imagery prior to any exposure to modernist art.

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BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. — The centuries-old tradition of the Wunderkammer is enjoying a resurgence of late, with cabinets of curiosities on display from the Chazen Museum of Art to Gagosian Gallery, and vitrine artists like Edmund de Waal and Joseph Beuys being hailed as champions of the medium.

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Post image for Michigan Is Finding That the Arts Is a Growth Industry, Even During the Recession

Last summer, we reported that ArtsServe Michigan had releases statistics that suggest every $1 invested in the arts in the Great Lakes State yields $51 for the state’s economy. If that didn’t impress you then perhaps you will be surprised to hear that even during the recent recession the arts has been a growth industry in Michigan.

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Post image for Michigan Stats Suggest Every $1 Invested in the Arts Yields $51 for Economy

Yesterday’s voter booth success definitely helps to ensure a more financially secure Detroit Institue of Arts, but you can be assured that its passage wasn’t because of some innate sense of arts patronage among Michiganders but a victory based on educating voters about the facts.

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Will Next Year’s ArtPrize Be Different?

by Hrag Vartanian on December 6, 2011

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Today, ArtPrize, which bills itself as the most “radically open, international art competition and social experiment,” announced it will be rejiggering its financial offerings to competitors with a more robust juried prize and less (but still) spectacular populist award.

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DETROIT — The rumors are true: Detroit’s contemporary art scene thrives. The rumors are also true: [insert standard boilerplate about Detroit’s struggles]. For my first article for Hyperallergic, I provide a brief guide to Detroit’s contemporary art scene.

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After revealing the Top 6 trends of ArtPrize from my position as a participating ArtPrize artist, I wanted to compose a second blog post for Hyperallergic that revealed the Top 10 Things I genuinely found interesting during this art event experience.

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The Top 6 Trends at ArtPrize

by Jeffrey A. Songco on September 30, 2011

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GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN — As an artist participating in ArtPrize myself, I had the amazing experience of not only visiting Grand Rapids for the first time, but also experiencing this mega-event for the first time. While walking around the city snapping pics, I was instantly reminded about my solo trip to the Venice Biennale in 2003 when I was just a college kid: feeling like an outsider to the local people, crossing bridge after bridge and trying to consume the overwhelming amount of artwork around me. As a cultural producer, I can’t help but analyze and tally the formal and conceptual trends that are present in such a saturated art environment.

So from the perspective of a dude like me, here are the Top 6 things I saw at ArtPrize 2011 …

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This story brings a tear to my eye: “Supporters of the campaign to recall Michigan Gov Rick Snyder are reporting they collected more than 5,000 signatures during the Ann Arbor Art Fair.”

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