GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- There are less than three months before the start of ArtPrize 2013. As we have learned from past ArtPrize events, some venues are more popular than others. For instance, the GRAM has had a top ten artist every year. Not far away, there's SiTE:LAB, a mobile art venue that has never had a top ten artist.
WZZM 13 is taking a look at how these venues pick their artists.
Thursday is the deadline for artists to be paired with venues for this year's ArtPrize, but venues have different methods for picking their artists.
Natalie Thomas is the communication coordinator at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. "The art museum selects artists manly around this year's theme," explains Thomas. "Our theme this year is re-imagining nature and the future of landscape."
Tom Clinton exhibition coordinator at SiTE:LAB is looking for something different for his space on 56 Jefferson. "All the pieces we have had in this building are mostly installation based," explains Clinton. "What we are looking for is large-scale site specific pieces."
In other words, the art museum wants art pieces that fit their theme; SiTE:LAB wants artists who will fill an entire room.
"With the process there are a lot of people that submit here (GRAM)," says Thomas. "So even this year we have almost 1,000 people that applied." This year the GRAM will select about 20 to 25 artists.
"We are a little bit different than most venues," says Clinton. We don't rely on the ArtPrize website. "We try to be a little bit more proactive we go out and seek out artists whose work is of interest to us." SiTE:LAB wants about 15 artists.
The GRAM has had a lot of success. Last year they had three entries in the top ten, with 'Elephants' the winner of the top prize. SiTE:LAB has not had any top ten artists, but they have one multiple juried prize awards.