Dispatch in the Midst of Art Prize

Important Facts: My piece is titled "Rob", it's 4 x 8' (the biggest piece I've created to date), and it's being shown @ The B.O.B. in Grand Rapids, MI for ArtPrize. It's on the first floor, just inside the door. My voting ID is 61400 if you like my piece and want to give it the ole thumbs up.

So, I have not made the Juror's ShortList. We're smack dab in the middle of the voting phase for the Public Vote and, while I can watch the livestream of the top vote-getters for that award on the ArtPrize website, I'm not among the Top 25 in the 2D category. I DID think I would do better.

Do I want your votes? YES. (go here to do so, if you are registered)
Am I going to go everything possible to maximize this experience? YES.

I've learned far too much, met far too many interesting, funny, caring people, and had far too much FUN to get too down about the outcome not being as I envisioned. Everything is a chance to learn (about people, yourself, your work, your direction), to make new connections, to have experiences that are brand new and super-exciting. 

This is the next step in my art journey. I have had a ton of new opportunities this year - a venue who pursued ME, a 1st floor/right inside the front door space, oodles of press, request for commissions, increased viewership on Twitter/Instagram/here, learning to do timelapse and incorporating video into my piece (see below for the final product - with music composed by myself as well!). It's all still in the right trajectory, even if a huge accolade is not to be.

Thank you ALL for your support... I wouldn't be here without you!

Stay tuned for more updates... 

xo

The B.O.B.'s location:

 


Whatta Difference a Year Makes! (aka. I have an Art Prize venue)

Art Prize does things a little differently. After you register as an artist for the big show, you must connect with a venue so you can show your piece. There is a chance that, despite your best efforts, you might not connect with one. This means that you don't participate and it happened to me the first time I entered AP in 2009.

Last year, I entered the "venue connection" phase of Art Prize by sending out ~12 inquiries to different potential art-showing locations around Grand Rapids. As May wore on, I had about 8 rejections and was wondering if my project (which I thought was great!) would see the light of day in this setting. Maybe this wasn't the sort of event my work was made for? 

Well, as you might know if you've been following along, I DID connect with the amazing Mitten Brewing Company at the very end of May and all went well from there. 

So, coming into this year, I figured things would proceed in a similar fashion. I had a list of venues that interested me, and, when April 20th rolled around, I was ready to start sending my requests anew.

Welp. That is NOT how this year went down. 

At 12:08am on the 20th (yes, 8 minutes into the connection phase... which runs until early June, by the by), I received the first of (what would be) 7 requests to show FROM THE VENUES THEMSELVES. The venues were pursuing ME.

I could not wrap my brain around this change of events! Wow. They must REALLY like my piece... they must see some merit/potential in it. This is so humbling!

I ended up signing with the first one and can now announce that "Rob" will be on display at The B.O.B., right in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. I could not be more thrilled and figured that I could NOT look a gift horse in the mouth and wait around to see how many more requests I got (even though, that would have been fun in a vane way). The B.O.B. is an established venue; they must know what they are doing.

So, consider yourself updated! :)

Now, I need to frame this giant thing in preparation for September... practicality was not a concern when I created this piece, so, wish me luck. Oof!