Small venue wins big award at ArtPrize 10

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — One of the smallest ArtPrize venues to make the jurors' Shortlist snagged the title of Outstanding Venue.

The Grand Rapids African American Museum & Archives took the $12,500 juried award at ArtPrize 10 for its curated "Exhibit of the 50 Ft. Women."

It featured images of well-known names like Oprah Winfrey and Madam C.J. Walker, but lesser-known women were also the centerpiece for some entries. George Bayard III, GRAAMA's executive director, told 24 Hour News 8 Sunday that the ArtPrize 10 collection was about the powerful impact women have had on the world.

"Those things that happened in the news with the Supreme Court and Bill Cosby only galvanized some of the issues here that women were speaking about," he said.

Bayard called the win unexpected, citing repeat venue SiTE:LAB's history of winning the Outstanding Venue award and talent at several other locations.



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