According to ArtPrize.org, "Every year, ArtPrize distributes $560,000 in total cash prizes—$360,000 awarded by public vote and $200,000 awarded by jury." That's a lot of money!
This year, there were 1,524 art entries and 446,850 public votes cast. Wow! Here are the top 3 by public vote this year:
|Uplifting by Andy Sacksteder|
However, these figures are scantily clad, which makes me a bit uncomfortable. I know, the human body is beautiful, but I like certain things to be left to the imagination. The sculpture lost most of its appeal to me when Mom informed me where exactly the trickling-down water is trickling down from. One water source is her belly button. The other two are... erm, the two highest points on the sculpture, if you catch my drift. XD I wonder how many of the voters realized this when they cast their votes...
I would definitely not put this in my top 3, nor even in my top 25.
|Polar Expressed by Anni Crouter|
I don't really mind that the bears took home 2nd place, though they didn't make it nearly this high on my own list.
|Sleeping Bear Dune Lakeshore by Ann Loveless|
I am pleased that this entry took home the popular vote's grand prize. It isn't what I would've voted for, but it's definitely one of my favorites from this year.
Unfortunately, none of my top 3 made it into the public vote's top 3. Here they are:
|Tired Pandas by Nick Jakubiak|
|Daniel by John Katerburg|
|Myth-or-Logic by Robin Protz|
There you have it: the public top 3 and my own top 3. I'm not going to bother to list all the juried award winners, because most of them didn't impress me much. I guess my taste in art isn't super sophisticated. So be it.
To conclude, here is a link to an album of my own top 25 pieces from this year's ArtPrize. [Link]
Feel free to take a quick look through it. I had real trouble narrowing it down to just 25 this year. ;)