ArtPrize is in full swing, and with all of the art around the city, we want to make sure you get a chance to visit ours! We’re located on Fulton just past Mt. Vernon Avenue in front of the beautiful GVSU campus. Come see the work of dedicated students and artists, all focusing on a clean, bright future!
ArtPrize runs until October 9th, be sure to check out our venue before then, and VOTE UP 51561!
GRAND RAPIDS — ArtPrize 2011 opens today with 1,582 entries in 164 stores, restaurants, museums and public parks.
Students from City High School in Grand Rapids and Black River Public School in Holland helped Richard Vander Veen, of Lowell, paint and install “Win, Win, Wind!” a 32-foot-tall wind turbine blade at Grand Valley State University’s campus downtown.
When: Wednesday-Oct. 9
Where: 163 places within a 3-square-mile district downtown between Leonard Street and Wealthy Street, north to south; and between Straight/Alpine Avenue and College Avenue, west to east; and at Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE.
Venue hours: Minimum hours for all venues are 6-10 p.m. opening day Wednesday. Afterward, 5-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon-6 p.m. Sunday, through Oct. 9. Venues may be open additional hours.
Exhibition center hours: 6-10 p.m. Opening day Wednesday. Afterward, noon-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon-6 p.m. Sunday, through Oct. 6.
Admission: Free admission to all ArtPrize venues during ArtPrize hours.
When you’re face-to-face with the 32 foot high-tech wind blade, the first question you’re stuck with is where did this come from?
Win, Win Wind! is thrilled to have purchased a wind blade from Northern Power, manufactured right here in Michigan. The Northern Power 100 is a community wind turbine for businesses, schools & farms. The blade used in Win, Win Wind! shows the technologically-advanced shape of a direct-drive, permanent magnet wind turbine.
Rich VanderVeen and Anne Krenselewski stand in front of the finished Win, Win Wind! painted turbine blade. They worked in collaboration with artist Glenn Wolff, students from City High School in Grand Rapids and others. The painted wind turbine blade will serve as an interactive art piece for ArtPrize, which runs from September 21st through October 9th.
After many hours of planning and painting, the wind turbine blade is complete. We’re really proud of all the effort that went into the project, and think it came out beautifully! Here’s a sneak peek of the finished painted blade.
The “Win, Win Wind!” ArtPrize entry is a collaboration of several individuals and groups who want to tell the story of wind power. Why is it so important to transform our economy, our nation’s ability to achieve energy independence, and the lives of bright young people, seeking 21st Century career paths and opportunities? How can this create a Win, Win WIND situation for all of us?
For this project artist Glenn Wolff created sketches drawing on the themes of wind mythology, history, wildlife, and wind turbines themselves. Working side by side with Wolff, City High School art students under the mentorship of teacher Anne Krenselewski interpreted the sketches as they painted the two sides of their canvas: a 600 lb., 32′ wind turbine blade.