ArtPrize winners: ‘Elephants’ lead Adonna Khare to her dream

"Elephants" by Adonna Khare won ArtPrize in 2012. The artist constantly added to the 36-foot piece throughout the competition. (Photo credit: ArtPrize)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD)— With a new studio and appearances across the world, winning ArtPrize has helped artist Adonna Khare realize her dream.

In 2012, Khare invited visitors into her creative process as she added to her winning entry, “Elephants,” during each day of the competition.

When Khare accepted the $200,000 first prize, the final pencil mural stretched 36 feet across its wall in the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

The Iowa native tells the Glasgow Daily Times that winning ArtPrize gave her the chance to open her own studio in Burbank, California, which she moved into in 2013.

Khare is now a full-time artist who travels across the world, leading artist workshops and studio appearances in places like Wyoming, Grand Rapids, Denmark, Paris and Scotland.

“Elephants” is also well traveled.

The menagerie masterpiece was on display at Yellowstone Art Museum in Montana from March 2014 to August 2014 before returning to Grand Rapids, where it greeted visitors to the ArtPrize Hub during last year’s competition.

“Elephants” is currently in storage at the GRAM.

Two other pieces by Khare now grace the walls of the art museum- “Menagerie” and “Elephant Whirlpool.”

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