"Elephants" by Adonna Khare wins ArtPrize 2012

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  • Elephants - Winner of the 2012 ArtPrize

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - ArtPrize 2012 comes to a close this weekend, but Friday night is the true finale.

"Elephants" by Adonna Khare of Burbank, Calif. was awarded the $200,000 grand prize in a ceremony Friday night at the former Grand Rapids Press building. The art is a 35-foot by 8-foot carbon pencil on paper drawing of elephants and other animals.

On ArtPrize.org, Khare described her large-scale work as a "Series of life sized Elephants, intertwined with a menagerie of animals. Setup to function as a triptych, to engage the viewers in the transformation of the work. The triptych is still a work in progress."

Khare worked on "Elephants" for 18 months. It is on display at the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

Adonna Khare is a first time ArtPrize participant. She earned a master's of fine art from California State University Long Beach.

The second place $75,000 winner, determined by the public vote is "Song of Lift" by Martijn van Wagtendonk of Colbert, Ga. The kinetic sculpture involves mechanical birds, light, and Henryk Gorecki Symphony No. 3, "Symphony of Sorrow Songs." It is on display at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts.

The third place $50,000 winner is "Rebirth of Spring," a painting by Fritz Hoendervanger of Detroit, Mich. It is on display at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.

The remaining popular vote award winners, who each received $5,000 include:

  • Richard Morse, Fennville, Mich. "Stick-to-it-ive-ness: Unwavering pertinacity; perseverance"
  • Mark Carpenter & Dan Johnson, Grand Rapids, Mich. "Lights in the Night"
  • Dan Heffron, Traverse City, Mich. "Life in Wood"
  • Kumi Yamashita, Brooklyn N.Y. "Origami"
  • Dennis Harris, Marlette, Mich. "The Chase"
  • Sandra Bryant, Lynden, Wash. "Return to Eden"
  • Chris LaPorte, Grand Rapids, Mich. "City Band"

$560,000 in prizes were awarded Friday evening. 

Design 99 from Detroit Mich. was awarded the first-ever $100,000 Juried Grand Prize for "Displacement (13208 Klinger St)" a found artifacts installation.

The other juried award winners, will each receive $20,000 include:

  • Two Dimensional: Alois Kronschlager, Brooklyn, N.Y. "Habitat"
  • Three-Dimensional: ABCD 83, Chicago, ILl. "More or Less"
  • Time/Performance: Complex Movements, Detroit, Mich. "Three Phases"
  • Urban Space: Dale Rogers, Haverhill, Ma. "Flight"
  • Venue: SiTE:LAB, Curator: Paul Amenta
  • Ox-Bow Residency: Ann Morton, Phoenix, Ariz. "Collective Cover Project"

ArtPrize continues through Sunday, so you can go down to downtown Grand Rapids and see the winners and all of the art.

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