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ComArtSci ArtPrize Competition 2017!

March 27th, 2017

Pitch an idea for an ArtPrize exhibit! You and/or your team have 3 minutes to impress us.
Theme: My America

ComArtSci will award the TOP 3 pitches up to $100 to create the exhibit, then an additional $300 if
the exhibit is accepted by an ArtPrize venue… AND we’ll cover your ArtPrize entry fee!
Any of these ArtPrize-accepted mediums qualify:

1. 2D
2. 3D
3. Time-based
4. Installation

  • Please email to register for the pitch.
  • Your entry must follow ArtPrize’s “Details for Artists.” Visit for info.
  • At least one member of the team must be a ComArtSci student.

ArtPrize Adventure! LIMITED SEATING!

October 9th, 2016

Hey, let’s go to ArtPrize!
The Sandbox Creatives will be taking a trip to Art Prize Sunday, October 9. We will leave from the Communication Arts and Sciences building at 9:00am and return by 5:00pm.

Questions? Email Luke Kane.

CAS at Artprize

October 2nd, 2014

The work of College of Communication Arts and Sciences (CAS) students, faculty and alumni can be found at this year’s ArtPrize – the world’s largest open-entry art competition – held Sept. 24 to Oct. 2 in Grand Rapids, Mich. Here are a couple of those entries and where you can find them.

The Living History Project: Stories Told by Michigan’s Oldest Old
CAS students, led by Associate Professor of Journalism Geri Alumit Zeldes, worked on this entry featuring stories of four Michigan residents over the age of 85 as told through four-and-a-half-minute videos. The individuals whose stories are told include a Holocaust survivor, World War II veteran, former kindergarten teacher who still dances and does Zumba at age 94, and a woman who met President John F. Kennedy who died at age 105 two months after being interviewed for this project.

Team Members: Associate Professor of Journalism Geri Alumit Zeldes; Jennifer Cermak, senior communication major; Asha Dawsy, sophomore journalism major; Andrea Raby, senior journalism major specializing in design and documentary studies; Gabriela Saldivia, senior majoring in journalism and Spanish specializing in documentary studies; Anna Shaffer, sophomore journalism major; Carmen Scruggs, senior journalism and Earth sciences major; and Bhavya Thamman, sophomore journalism and neuroscience major. Assisting in the project were Eric Freedman, Associate Professor of Journalism, and Linda Keilman, Assistant Professor of Health Programs for the College of Nursing.

Location: DeVos Place Convention Center, 303 Monroe Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Vote Code: 56560

there’s something happening here…
Assistant Professor of Advertising Henry Brimmer cut life-size soldiers out plywood and spray painted them black to display on the roof of the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) building. The title for the entry, “there’s something happening here…,” comes from a line from the 1967 Buffalo Springfield song, “For What It’s Worth.” This is the fourth year in a row Brimmer has competed at ArtPrize, and the third year he has had an outdoor entry displayed high above the streets of downtown Grand Rapids. Last year’s entry, “I want to be different,” was chosen among 1,524 entries and 169 venues to be among the Top 25 Juried Short List and was among the Top Five in the Best Use of Urban Space category. His 2012 entry, “Gravity Matter’s Little,” made it into the Top 25 out of 1,517 entries in the public vote.

The following people gave advice, support and hands-on assistance with the project:

Grant Guimond, Artist, Lansing
Jeff Richards, Chair of the Department of Advertising + Public Relations, MSU
Adam Brown, Associate Professor of Electronic Art and Intermedia, MSU
Thomas Palazzolo, Manager of the Physics-Astronomy Machine Shop, MSU
Bob Gould, Broadcast Journalism In-Residence, MSU School of Journalism
Daniel Hamburg, Student Videographer, MSU
Andrew Dennis, Instructor, MSU Department of Advertising + Public Relations and Department of Media and Information
Jon Whiting, Instructor, MSU Department of Media and Information
Jeremy McLean, H&H Welding
Frank Sanborn, Sanborn Signcrafters
Mark and Mike Lamond, Engineering Graphics Inc.
Brandon Alman, Preparator, UICA
Alexander Paschka, Curator, UICA
Media Coverage:

Local artists vie for the crown in sixth annual ArtPrize – CityPulse, Sept. 24, 2014
Stories, sights and perception at ArtPrize – WOOD 8, Sept. 23, 2014
Rooftop figures in Grand Rapids meant as art – Lansing State Journal, Sept. 13, 2014
Controversial ArtPrize entry looks like snipers atop museum – Detroit Free Press, Sept. 12, 2014
ArtPrize entries starting to appear in Grand Rapids – WZZM 13, Sept. 5, 2014

Location: Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA), 2 West Fulton, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Vote Code: 56516

Three Alums Showcase Work at ArtPrize

October 1st, 2013

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The work of three College of Communication Arts and Sciences alumni can be seen at this year’s ArtPrize, including the work of award-winning nature photographer Todd Reed, a 1971 Journalism graduate. The international art competition in Grand Rapids, Mich., started Sept. 18 and runs through Oct. 6.

This is the fifth year in a row Reed has entered ArtPrize, each time teaming up with his son, Brad Reed, an accomplished photographer himself. Together, the Reeds own and operate Todd & Brad Reed Photo Gallery in Ludington, Mich.

The Reeds’ 2013 ArtPrize entry, “A Michigan Tribute,” comes from 1,014 images taken throughout Michigan by the father-son team over the coarse of a year in 2012. For the yearlong project, they traveled from sunrise to sunset each Tuesday to different locations in Michigan to showcase what they love about the state.

The actual entry consists of three fine art canvases – two canvases are of images “Birch Forest Melody” shot in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in the Upper Peninsula and “Huron Color Dance” shot along the Huron River on the campus of the University of Michigan. The third canvas is a Michigan-shaped mosaic incorporating 731 images from the project.

“We spent a year of Tuesdays crisscrossing Michigan documenting the beauty of our great state as we discovered, photographed and wrote about it. We were determined to pay tribute to the beauty of our great state,” Todd Reed said.

“As visual artists, we were already well aware of Michigan’s beauty. And yet it seemed every next bend in the road or bank of an airplane during 35,000 miles of travels revealed another visual Michigan treasure we had never seen. Michigan inspired us and left us in awe.”

Todd Reed has been recording Michigan scenes for more than 40 years. Many of those years he spent as a photojournalist for the Ludington Daily News, where he won dozens of industry awards for his photos.

“MSU prepared me well to be a journalist,” Reed said. “Twenty-three years of on-the-job-training at the Ludington Daily News taught me to be a good photographer and to see the world in pictures.” (more…)

Brimmer on ArtPrize’s Top 25 Juried Short List

October 1st, 2013

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Assistant professor of Advertising Henry Brimmer is one of only 19 artists whose work was chosen among 1,524 ArtPrize entries and 169 venues for this year’s Top 25 Juried Short List.

Brimmer and the other top artists and venues now vie for $200,000 in juried awards, including a $100,000 grand prize and $20,000 cash prizes for the top entry in each of five categories – Best Two-Dimensional Work, Best Three-Dimensional Work, Best Time-Based Work, Best Use of Urban Space and Best Venue.

Brimmer’s entry, “I want to be different,” is among the top five chosen in the Best Use of Urban Space category.

A five-juror panel of international art experts whittled the field of 1,524 works of art down to 19 finalists and 169 venues down to five. Only 19 entries were chosen because one entry, “Facing Al Aqaba” by Maurice Jacobsen,” was nominated in two categories – Best Time-Based Work and Best Use of Urban Space.


September 19th, 2013


For the second year in a row, Henry Brimmer, assistant professor of Advertising, has an ArtPrize entry that will soar high above all others. This year marks the fifth year for ArtPrize, an international art competition in Grand Rapids, Mich., that takes place Sept. 18-Oct. 6.

Brimmer’s entry features a 40-foot ladder suspended in mid air above Ionia Avenue in downtown Grand Rapids. The ladder hangs from a cable connected from the rooftop of the First Community Bank building at 60 Monroe Center and the rooftop of the Hinman Building located across Ionia Avenue from First Community Bank. It is in the same location where Brimmer’s 2012 entry, “Gravity Matter’s Little,” appeared.

“I like that location a lot and would like to make it something different each year,” Brimmer said.

Brimmer lightly refers to this year’s piece as “i want to be different,” and on Facebook the public will be encouraged to give their interpretation and title for the piece.

“As an artist and educator, I like to do things that challenge me, and leading by example, invite my students to do the same,” Brimmer said. “The idea here was to create a work of art that triggered the viewers’ own story. Although I could come up with a dozen stories of my own, that is not my approach…I want to leave it up to the viewer to make up their own story – that’s the way I like to look at art.”

This is the third year in a row Brimmer is participating in ArtPrize. Last year, his “Gravity Matter’s Little” entry featured a figure of a businessman hanging by one hand from a cable connecting the First Community Bank and Hinman buildings. The piece made it into the Top 25 out of 1,517 entries.

In 2011, Brimmer’s “Touch wood” entry was a low-tech interactive project that appeared at the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

Like last year, Brimmer worked with Widemuller and Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber Inc. (FTC&H), both based out of Grand Rapids, for this year’s installation, which was completed this morning. FTC&H provided engineering support while Widemuller handled the installation. Werner, a manufacturer and distributor of climbing equipment based out of Greenville, Pa., donated the ladders, which weigh about 150 pounds altogether.

Brimmer, a graphic designer, photographer and educator, teaches art direction and photography for the Advertising + Public Relations department and has almost 30 years of industry and teaching experience.

ArtPrize is open to any artist and decided by public vote. It invites artists to try out new ideas on a large and diverse population of people and seeks to broaden the critical dialogue around contemporary art.

A total of $560,000 in prizes will be awarded with the top prize of $200,000 decided entirely by public vote. The public votes using mobile devices and the web to distribute $360,000 in prizes, while an additional $200,000 in juried awards, including a $100,000 juried grand prize, decided by a three-juror panel of international art experts.

This year’s ArtPrize will include 1,524 entries representing 47 countries and 45 U.S. states and territories, and is expected to attract more than 400,000 active participants. Since its inception, individuals of all backgrounds have cast more than 1.7 million votes for public art.

To vote, you must sign up for an account. Once you are signed up, you need to check in at the event by either visiting the ArtPrize Hub, any exhibition center or another voting site or you may use the free ArtPrize app for iPhone and Android phones to check in.

Round one of voting to determine the Top Ten takes place from Wednesday, Sept. 18, until 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28. The Top Ten will be announced on Sunday, Sept. 29, at 2 p.m. Each of the Top Ten entries is guaranteed an award.

During round two of voting, those who have registered may cast one final vote, choosing one entry from the Top Ten to receive the $200,000 grand prize. Round two begins directly after the Top Ten announcement and goes until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3.

To vote for Brimmer’s entry, use the vote code 54235.

gravity matters little – a Kickstarter campaign from Henry Brimmer

September 7th, 2012

daring, imaginative, different.. — my 2012 ArtPrize project hangs 175 ft from the ground…
View Henry’s Kickstarter campaign and video!

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