ArtPrize Grand Rapids, Michigan 2015.
Please come and visit us at Inspirations of Art Studio, 801 Monroe NW Suite 01, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 (616-432-3969) from September 23rd through October 11, 2015.
ArtPrize® is a radically open, independently organized international art competition and a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
For 19 days, three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, become an open playing field where anyone can find a voice in the conversation about what is art and why it matters. Art from around the world pops up in every inch of downtown, and it’s all free and open to the public.
It’s unorthodox, highly disruptive, and undeniably intriguing to the art world and the public alike.
Public Vote Grand Prize $200,000
Two-Dimensional Public Vote Award $20,000
Three-Dimensional Public Vote Award $20,000
Introducing Smaug the Needle Felted Dragon
Needle felted from 100% wool roving. I hand felted this dragon using needles with notches on the end of them, which grab the scales on the wool and meshes/condenses/felts them together. His extremities are needle felted into the body, no sewing, and he is not built over an armature. I hand-dyed all the wool with acid dyes and made his teeth and claws from polymer clay. I did not set out to make the world's largest needle felted sculpture, but so far I have not found anything else on-line to this scale, pun intended. I guess the Guinness Book of World Records is next on the list!