Four-time ArtPrize venue winner competes for 5th win

ArtPrize Eight SiTE Lab Rumsey Street Project
Courtesy photos of ArtPrize Eight venue SiTE:LAB Rumsey St. Project EVERYTHING IS TRANSFORMED. (ArtPrize, 2016)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) –- After winning the juried ArtPrize award for outstanding venue four times, one venue is hoping to snag the $12,500 juried award again this year.

SiTE:LAB is one of five venues on the Jurors’ Shortlist this year.

The venue usually moves to a different location each year. For ArtPrize Eight, artists have transformed a block on Rumsey Street.

Most of the artists used an entire floor or full building as their canvas.

“They’re on a really large scale,” said SiTE:LAB exhibition coordinator Tom Clinton.

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If visitors are wondering where the traveling venue is for ArtPrize Eight, they should look for a large yellow building on the corner of Rumsey and Grandville. However, there’s much more than just that building.

“This exhibit is intended to push the limits of what we consider to be art,” Clinton explained.

Visitors can find Zimoun’s Final 20 entry, 250 prepared ac motors, 325kg roof laths, 1.0km rope, inside a former church on Rumsey Street.

ArtPrize Eight, Final 20, 250 prepared AC motors, Zimoun
250 prepared ac-motors, 325kg roof laths, 1.0km rope by Zimoun, an installation entry in ArtPrize Eight displayed at SiTE:LAB. (Courtesy ArtPrize)

“You’re going to be seeing things that are probably different than what you would see at other venues and I guess I always encourage people not to be frustrated by that,” Clinton told 24 Hour News 8.

Several exhibits are connected by ramps. Those ramps make up Hybrid Structures, which is one of two juried picks in the installation category.

The entry aims to bring attention to people with disabilities.

ArtPrize Eight Hybrid Structures
Courtesy photo of Hybrid Structures by Alois Kronschlaeger, Paul Amenta and Ted Lott. (2016, ArtPrize)

Clinton told 24 Hour News 8 that Habitat for Humanity had most of the buildings that artists used slated for demolition. The scheduled demolition gave the artists a lot more wiggle room.

Excavations, a juror shortlist pick in the 3-D category, is also located at SiTE:LAB’s ArtPrize Eight site.

ArtPrize Eight Excavations by William Lamson
Courtesy photo of Excavations by William Lamson. (ArtPrize, 2016)

For those in search of more finalists along Rumsey Street, don’t forget to stop by Christmas Eve, 1933.

ArtPrize Eight Christmas Eve, 1933 by Mark Dion
Courtesy photos of Christmas Eve, 1933 by Mark Dion. (2016, ArtPrize)

“People should come in with an open mind and really try to experience the piece for what it is, which is a large scale installation that is intended to give you and actual experience with a space,” Clinton said.

The winners of the ArtPrize Eight awards will be announced on Friday at 7 p.m. on WOOD TV8 and ArtPrize will host a community watch party for the finale at Rosa Parks Circle, beginning at 5 p.m. Friday.