Rockford photographer Jon Hartman, a 1995 Rockford High School graduate, has been accepted in ArtPrize 2012. His entry is a series of Michigan landscape photographs entitled “Pure Michigan” which will be on display at the Ledyard Building, which is located directly across Monroe Center from the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM). “I have always been intrigued by photography. It wasn’t until birth of my first daughter that I actually picked up a camera to document her entrance into the world, and I haven’t put it down since,” said Hartman. “Whether it be a be a Michigan beach, engaged couple, or an old decaying door, I love taking pictures that tell a story. Frequently traveling with my camera in tow, I look for the unseen details in ordinary things. I have especially enjoyed capturing images of downtown Grand Rapids, highlighting the growth and draw of our ‘big-small’ city, and of our naturally beautiful state of Michigan. I am a member of the Grand Rapids Flickr Group and photographed the 2011 Grand Rapids Marathon. My work was also featured in the Amplify Grand Rapids event, part of the G-Rap Initiative.”
Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding riders traded in their saddles for paintbrushes and enjoyed a sunny afternoon at the center to become part of an entry for the ArtPrize event. Artist Corey VanDuinen is pictured with his entry for the ArtPrize event (as well as something special for Equest Center), which is exhibited in front of the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum.
Artist and gallery owner shoots for $250,000 prize Rockford resident Carol Black couldn’t be more proud of her son Stephano Sutherlin, who, despite living in Little Rock, Ark., couldn’t pass up the change to compete in ArtPrize. Sutherlin, who owns his own art gallery, Little Rock 17, has submitted “Steam to Diesel” as his ArtPrize entry. The three-piece work is a painted history of Michigan’s locomotives. Sutherlin began his career by joining a traveling circus, then explored the world in the Navy, and is a professional courtroom sketch artist. He grew up the son of a train conductor. His unique background and lifelong interest in trains compelled him to create “Steam to Diesel.” Sutherland’s wife, Ashley Polk Sutherland, said the process of creating the work led to long interaction with Sutherland and his father. “It was a great bonding experience,” she described. She said she believes the work will speak to a great many people. “There is a fascination with trains by people of all ages,” she said. Her father in law, especially, is one to admit he doesn’t understand or appreciate abstract art. This he loves. Polk-Sutherland said she and her husband were thrilled to hear about the first ArtPrize last year and would have loved to participate then. Unfortunately they were unable due to deaths in their respective families. This year they look forward to coming home to Grand Rapids to see it all first hand. “ArtPrize is unique because it is juried by the public in venues throughout the city,” said Polk-Sutherlin. “Some people call it American Idol for artists.” Last year the contest brought 250,000 visitors to Grand Rapids to view pieces created by artists from over 40 states and 20 countries. “It’s a huge honor for me to participate in one of the largest art contests in the world,” said Stephano. “The ArtPrize experience so far has been amazing. I have met incredible people and organizations through my research, including C&O Historical Museum in Virginia and CSX Railways, who bought C&O in the 1980s.” The three-canvas piece “Steam to Diesel” was inspired by Stephano’s love of trains and travel. His hope is the tryptich will invoke a sense of nostalgia in combination with the history of early train life in […]