2017-09-14 / Lifestyles

UP artist to be showcased in Grand Rapids’ ArtPrize


Above, Carol Irving’s “Michigan’s Endangered Wildflowers”, a handwoven triptych, will be showcased in the ArtPrize competition in downstate Grand Rapids. The competition takes place throughout the city Sept. 20-Oct. 8. 
Courtesy photo Above, Carol Irving’s “Michigan’s Endangered Wildflowers”, a handwoven triptych, will be showcased in the ArtPrize competition in downstate Grand Rapids. The competition takes place throughout the city Sept. 20-Oct. 8. Courtesy photo ESCANABA – Award winning artist Carol Irving announced that three of her Handwoven Wall Hangings were selected for a group art exhibition. She is among other artists featured at the ninth annual ArtPrize in Grand Rapids.

Irving’s selected piece is called “Michigan’s Endangered Wildflowers”, a handwoven triptych, a series of three handwoven wall hangings (wool and linen, sizes are 3x5 feet each). This is her third acceptance to ArtPrize, attending in 2015 and 2016 as well.

Each fall, artists from all over the world display their work in Grand Rapids for 19 days to compete for $500,000 in cash prizes. ArtPrize is a radically open, independently organized international art competition and a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

For 19 days, three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids becomes an open playing field where anyone can find a voice in the conversation about what art is and why it matters. Art from around the world pops up in every inch of downtown, and it’s all free and open to the public.

It’s unorthodox, highly disruptive, and undeniably intriguing to the art world and the public alike. ArtPrize 9 will take place Sept. 20-Oct. 8. Irving’s work will be exhibited at The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, 1 of 177 venues that make up ArtPrize 9. Her vote number is 65605.

Irving’s work was selected through an open call for artists conducted earlier this year. ArtPrize, has become a global phenomenon with hundreds of thousands of dollars given away via public vote and juried selections.

Through a process of Public Vote and Juried Awards, two $200,000 grand prizes and eight category awards – more than $500,000 – is awarded. Half is decided by public vote, and half is decided by a jury of art experts.

Irving encourages anyone who will be in the Grand Rapids area during ArtPrize, to view the artwork and vote.

Irving currently divides her time between her family, a working studio, and as an accountant for a growing computer services company. When she is not calculating numbers for her job she can be found in her weaving studio calculating what she will need to create her next project.

“Michigan has many unique habitats and is home to many endangered and special species of plants,” she said. “My entry will include three Handwoven Wall Hangings, bringing attention to Michigan’s Endangered Wildflower Species.

These three Wall Hangings represent a new direction in my work, drawing on my education in Botanical Sciences and love of my natural surroundings,” she continued. “This entry is a reflection of my interests, travels and research in the botanical world of Michigan. With this entry I hope to bring attention to Michigan’s many Wildflowers and those that we are in danger of losing.”

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