Wounded Warrior Dogs and The Bureau of Personal Belonging win top prizes

Artprize Eight Winner Announced

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - The top winners of  ArtPrize Eight are Wounded Warrior Dogs and  The Bureau of Personal Belonging .

Wounded Warrior Dogs by James Mellick took home the public vote worth $200,000 and The Bureau of Personal Belonging by Stacey Kirby took home the jury grand prize also winning $200,000. 

The Wounded Warrior Dogs Project is a traveling exhibition of wooden dog sculptures created by master Ohio craftsman James Mellick. The dogs are intended to be symbolic of the sacrifice and exhibit the same wounds as their human companions in battle.

The Bureau of Personal Belonging is a time-based piece with a message focused on civil rights and government. 

Over 380,000 people voted in the ArtPrize 8, and 1,453 pieces were entered in total. 

Both the public  and the jury voted on winners you can see those listed below in their respective category. 

The jury also presents a $12,500 Outstanding Venue award with a split decision to EVERYTHING IS TRANSFORMED at SiTE:LAB / Rumsey St. Project and This Space is Not Abandoned, 912 Grandville Avenue.


WINNER: ▶Portraits of Light and Shadow at DeVos Place Convention Center by Joao Paulo Goncalves from Pompano Beach, Fla.

Ashes to Ashes at The B.O.B. by Jacqueline Gilmore from Rockford, Mich

Continental U.S at Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum by Valerie Hollstein from Salt Lake City

Sand Sturgeon at Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum by Gary Moran from New York

Protect and Serve at The B.O.B. by Andrew J. Woodstock from Plainwell, Mich.


WINNER: Wounded Warrior Dogs at Amway GRand Plaza, by James Mellick from Milfrod Center, Ohio

VICTORY at Homewood Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids Downtown & Jam'n Bean Coffee Company at the Waters Center by THE CHAIRMen from Centennial, Co.

Imagine If at Amway Grand Plaza by Robin Protz from New Hartford, Ct.

Invasive Species at Barnes & Thornburg LLP by Shiny Seed from Ann Arbor, Mich.

One Thousand Shacks at Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) by Tracey Snelling from Oakland, Calif.


WINNER: ▶The Butterfly Effect at DeVos Place Convention Center by Pettit Smith from Durango, Co.

Sweet Spot at Brush Studio by Causey Daniell Studio from Indianapolis

Ditch Lily Drawing at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park by Nathan Lareau from Grand Rapids, Mich.

Rock Around at Grand Rapids Children's Museum by Aaron Zenz from Spring Lake, Mich.

250 prepared ac-motors, 325kg roof laths, 1.0km rope at SiTE:LAB | Rumsey St. Project by Zimoun from Bern, Switzerland


WINNER: ▶Sweeper's Clock at Grand Rapids Art Museum by Maarten Baas from Den Bosch, North Brabant, Netherlands

Hoot at Courtyard Marriott Downtown by Laurel Bahe from Colorado Springs, Co.

Higher Ground at Grand Rapids Art Museum by Hillerbrand+Magsamen from Houston

Emoh: sculpture / time capsule & temporary home at Kilwins Chocolates & Ice-Cream @ McKay Tower- Rosa Parks by Loren Naji from Cleveland

Trout Bike at Peppinos Pizzeria & Sports Grille by Andrew Rockwood from Traverse City, Mich.

The juried list with a gallery is as follows, in no particular order:


WINNER: ▶les bêtes at the City Water Building by the Richard App Gallery, by Isaac Aoki from Grand Rapids, Mich.

Charted Memories at Calvin College - (106) Gallery by, Keren Kroul from Minneapolis

Coherency at Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, by Faig Ahmed from Baku, Azerbaijan

Survival Does Not Lie In The Heavens at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, by Dario Robleto from Houston

Transformation (Metamorphosis) at Homewood Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids Downtown & Jam'n Bean Coffee Company at the Waters Center, by Chakila Hoskins from Grand Rapids, Mich.


WINNER: ▶Excavations at SiTE:LAB / Rumsey St. Project, by William Lamson from New York

Grand River at CITY FLUX: Art, Architecture & Grand Rapids, by Francisco Pinheiro from Lisbon, Portugal

Pose System at Grand Rapids Art Museum, by Saya Woolfalk from New York

SetOutputWorld (called with a world of the wrong size) at Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, by Kayla Anderson from Chicago

Support Surfaces (I,II,III) at CITY FLUX: Art, Architecture & Grand Rapids, by Bailey Romaine from Chicago


WINNER: ▶This Space is Not Abandoned at 912 Grandville Avenue, by 912 CollABORATIVE from Grand Rapids, Mich.

Christmas Eve, 1933 at SiTE:LAB / Rumsey St. Project, by Mark Dion from New York

Hybrid Structures at SiTE:LAB / Rumsey St. Project, by Alois Kronschlaeger from Brooklyn, N.Y., and Paul Amenta and Ted Lott from Grand Rapids, Mich.

Untitled at UICA Exit Space at Grand Rapids Ballet Co., by Louise Chen from Grand Rapids, Mich.

Wars and Rumors of Wars at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, by Eric Dickson from New York, N.Y.


WINNER:▶Sweeper’s Clock at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, by Maarten Baas from Den Bosch, Holland

Search Engine Vision “ISIS” at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, by Eric Souther from Mishawaka, Ind.

Bang Bang! at the City Water Building by the Richard App Gallery, by Constance Edwards Scopelitis from Indianapolis

The Bureau of Personal Belonging at 50 Monroe, by Stacey Kirby from Durham, N.C.

▶The Magnetosphere at the The Fed Galleries @ KCAD, Kendall College of Art and Design, by Matthew Steinke from Austin, Texas

Outstanding Venue

WINNERS: ▶EVERYTHING IS TRANSFORMED, SiTE:LAB / Rumsey St. Project & ▶This Space is Not Abandoned, 912 Grandville Avenue

▶Almost Home: Grand Rapids in Focus, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

▶Re*, The Fed Galleries @ KCAD, Kendall College of Art and Design

▶(RE)Compose, 130 Ottawa

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