ArtPrize winners: Third time is a charm for quilter Ann Loveless

Sleeping Bear Dune Lakeshore by Ann Loveless
ArtPrize 2013 winner "Sleeping Bear Dune Lakeshore" was Ann Loveless' third attempt at winning ArtPrize. (file photo)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD)—Persistence paid off in 2013 for quilter Ann Loveless, who became the fifth grand prize winner of ArtPrize.

It took the northern Michigan native 400 hours, 18,000 yards of thread and 75 yards of fabric to create her 2013 winning entry, “Sleeping Bear Dune Lakeshore.”

The 20-foot collage quilt was on display at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum until the federal government shutdown forced Loveless to move her piece outside, under canopy.

In a post to her professional website, Loveless said it took three years of ArtPrize for her to get the winning combination.

She credited people’s love of the vacation hot spot and her return to the same venue, year after year.

“I can’t believe I’m first, but I’ll take it,” Loveless told 24 Hour News 8 after the announcement Oct. 4, 2013.

But that wasn’t the end of quilting for Loveless, who used some of her $200,000 prize toward more fabric and a new sewing machine.

When she’s not creating and selling art in her Beulah, Michigan gallery, Loveless attends and leads quilting events and art quilt workshops across Michigan and the country.

Last year, Loveless was commissioned for a piece that would be displayed at the Secchia Center of Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine in Grand Rapids.

In January 2015, she also released a book centered on her method of quilting, called “Landscape Art Quilts, Step-by-Step.”

As for her winning piece, “Sleeping Bear Dune Lakeshore” moved to the ArtPrize Hub in 2014 to be displayed during the competition.

An ArtPrize representative says the quilt is now in storage at the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

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