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Five artists from the Evanston Art Center have been selected to participate in the third annual ArtPrize competition opening next month in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Five artists from the Evanston Art Center have been selected to participate in the third annual ArtPrize competition opening next month in Grand Rapids, Mich.

ArtPrize is a unique event that combines art, social experiment, and civic projects. Venues throughout the city of Grand Rapids select artists from all over the world to have their work featured and judged by the public for awards totaling nearly $450,000. 

The EAC contingent totals over five percent of all the entrants from Illinois. They are:

Jill King, EAC painting and sculpture instructor, whose works have appeared in several galleries and exhibits across the country. King’s featured work “Whirled” is a 3-D piece suspended above the viewers’ heads. The work focuses on Hurricane Katrina, which she describes, “captures my hopes, fears and fascination with these intense forces of nature.” “Whirled” will be on display at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

Lindsay Obermeyer, EAC fiber and textiles instructor, employs the history and metaphors surrounding textile practices to study issues as diverse as environmentalism, medical ethics, nanotechnology and gender. Her “Glass Prairie” is an ever-growing installation filled with flowers made up of beads and wire that are placed in a glass beaker, representing our fragile ecosystem and man’s intervention on it. “Glass Prairie” will be on display at the Fifth Third Bank/Warner Norcross & Judd LLP.

Matthew Runfola, EAC metal sculpture instructor and department coordinator, designs and develops functional and sculptural art that explores the relationship between natural and human-made elements. “Citius, Altius, Fortius” symbolically represents the over-importance society place on sport, and will be on display at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.

Dominic Sansone, EAC metal sculpture instructor, worked in the aerospace industry producing fabrication and assembly drawings. Over the last decade he has worked in tradeshow exhibitory and has been responsible for worldwide exhibition programs. His “Brand New God” attempts to explore the violence of humankind and the role each of us play in this endless cycle of barbarity and will be on display at the Fountain Street Church.

Victor Nelson, EAC metal studio monitor, is interested in three-dimensional art, a passion strengthened by his architectural career. The geometric shapes found in the architectural world have been an influence on his sculptures, as seen in his work “Red Flags,” which will be on display at the Cathedral Square.

The ArtPrize program runs from Sept. 21 through Oct. 9.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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