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Calling on All My Michigan Friends and Family to Vote for Jonathan Brilliant to Win ArtPrize® 2011 in Grand Rapids, MI

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

Jonathan Brilliant, of Columbia, SC, is currently at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, MI, doing an artist residency, from Sept. 8 – 21, 2011, building one of his coffee stir installations, which will become part of ArtPrize® 2011, one of the largest art competitions in the world.

One of Jonathan Brilliant’s installations in Charleston, SC, in 2009

I’m calling on all my friends and family members still in Michigan to go vote for Brilliant’s entry during ArtPrize® 2011 in Grand Rapids. And, maybe they can do some social networking and encourage all their friends and family to go vote for Brilliant.

You have to go to Grand Rapids to cast your vote. You can read my earlier posting on this subject at this link.

Show this southern artist some northern hospitality!

If you need a reason – remember it was a football game between Clemson University (Clemson, SC) and Ohio State where Woody Hayes’ career was ended as he stepped onto the field of play to knock down a Clemson player.

Michigan owes South Carolina BIG for that reason alone.

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Jonathan Brilliant Tries for Biggest People’s Choice Award Ever in Grand Rapids, MI, During Sept./Oct., 2011

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Later this Summer, Jonathan Brilliant, of Columbia, SC, will travel to theKendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, MI, to do an artist residency, from Sept. 8 – 21, 2011, building one of his coffee stir installations, when that work is finished it will become part of ArtPrize611jonathanbrilliantsticks® 2011, one of the largest art competitions in the world.
One of Brilliant’s installations at City Gallery at Waterfront Park in Charleston,
SC in 2009

Unlike any other event, ArtPrize® gives away the largest cash prize for an art competition – $250,000 to the winner, with $484,000 total in cash awards. The winner is decided solely by a public vote – by the people who go see the artworks presented between Sept. 21 and Oct. 9, 2011.

In its third year, ArtPrize® has become an unexpected phenomenon. Part arts festival, part social experiment, part civic project, the event overtakes an entire city bringing visitors in the hundreds of thousands.

ArtPrize® 2010 began Sept. 22 with 1,713 artists displaying their works at 192 venues in a three-square-mile district in Grand Rapids – a city between the size of Columbia, SC, and Charlotte, NC. In the second year of ArtPrize®, artists from 21 countries and 44 states competed for prize monies totaling $449,000.

Hundreds of thousands of people have made their way to Grand Rapids to view art. One of the 192 venues reported more than 120,000 visitors went through its exhibits. ArtPrize® 2010 had 44,899 members of the public registered to vote. Registered voters came from 36 states and more than a dozen foreign countries. During the 15 days of competition, 465,538 votes were cast, including 16,905 votes in the final round.

I first heard about this crazy competition when I was visiting one of my many cousins back in Michigan last Summer in South Haven, MI, a city on Lake Michigan, south of Grand Rapids. Then last week I saw an entry on Facebook where Jonathan Brilliant posted several upcoming events – one being ArtPrize® 2011. He’ll be showing his work in the Kendall Gallery at Kendall College of Art and Design, which is a good location as it opens to the sidewalk in an area of the downtown, between the Grand Rapids Art Museum and the Grand Rapids Public Library.

Kendall College of Art and Design

It’s funny how small our world can be at times or how life sometimes makes big circles. Kendall College has now merged with Ferris State University in Grand Rapids – a school I was going to attend after high school, but I ended up attending a local junior college for two years and then transferring to Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI – in the same neighborhood of that state. Then I ended up here.

If I didn’t come here I might have never seen any of Jonathan Brilliant’s installations or maybe if I had stayed in Michigan, I would have seen his work in Michigan this Summer – who knows.

Anyway, I’ll be contacting all my relatives and friends who are still there asking them to go vote for Brilliant during the competition.

The first year’s top prize went to an artist from New York and last year’s top prize went to a local artist from Grand Rapids. I would think a local artist has an edge, but last year, Young Kim, an artist from Winston-Salem, NC, came in 8th place, so Brilliant has a chance. It all depends on what catches the public’s eye.

If you’re reading this and will be in Grand Rapids between Sept. 21 and Oct. 9, 2011, go by the Kendall Gallery and see Brilliant’s installation and see if it’s not worthy of your vote. Set your GPS for 17 Fountain Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI, or print out a Google map.