Art & Soul Accepted for 2011 ArtPrize
The Art & Soul mission of Birmingham: First United Methodist Church is pleased to announce that its group project, Transformations, has been accepted for exhibit at the 2011 ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, which will take place Sept. 21-Oct. 9. Fifteen hundred artists from 36 countries and 43 states will show their work in 164 venues within three-square miles of downtown Grand Rapids, Mich. Each artist will compete for the world’s largest prize for art.
"This is such an honor for our Art & Soul participants and the mission," says Sally Meese, one of the Art & Soul leaders. "This is a very prestigious event and it has been our goal to get our pieces into mainstream exhibits."
The project was conceived and directed by FUMC member, Amy Gamble, an award winning, pastel artist, with the goal of ArtPrize in mind.
Here is a decription of the artwork:
The fourteen participants started with a black and white board, illustrating positive and negative, and expressed their own own stories by adding found, donated and discarded objects. These personal stories showcase the struggles, courage and transformations of people living in desperate circumstances. The honesty of the stories shock and amaze us, that one can survive the ravages of abuse, addiction, depression, alcoholism, violence and homelessness and still have hope, dreams and humor. Art & Soul participants are letting us see into the very essence of their soul, giving us insight into the strength and will of the human spirit.
The group entry represents homeless, near homeless, and formerly homeless men and women who have found solace, hope and pride at our modest studio in downtown Detroit called Art & Soul. They are untrained, raw, creatives, the classroom the streets and shelters of the inner city. Art & Soul is an all volunteer mission whose goal is to combat idleness and despair among Detroit’s homeless by inspiring Dignity, Pride and Purpose through artistic self-expression. It is a place of encouragement, support and respect. The dream for Art & Soul is to provide safe and warm, light filled shelter and sufficient supplies, space and mentoring to create a cottage industry for homeless artists to sell their work.
“The exhibit is powerful and should be on your list as one to see,” says Gamble. “If you like it and believe in what Art and Soul is doing for downtown Detroit please vote for us. The winners are determined by public vote from anyone who attends.”
For more information on the event and to view Art & Soul's entry go to www.artprize.org
. On the left hand column, highlight "artist" and enter Art & Soul as the artist name. You can also view our entry by searching our host Diversions.
During its 2009 inaugural season, more than 200,000 people attended ArtPrize and more than 334,000 votes were cast. Numbers swelled in 2010 to more than 400,000 people and 465,000 votes cast. We expect more than 500,000 people to attend and vote during the 19-day event. Created as part arts festival, part social experiment, ArtPrize is the only international contest for public art that is solely decided by public vote. ArtPrize is a grand civic project, with no central curation, direction or management, effectively overtaking the entire city of Grand Rapids with public art. ArtPrize annually distributes nearly $500,000 in prize money.
For more information contact the church office at 248-646-1200. The church is located at 1589 W. Maple Road (between Southfield and Cranbrook) in Birmingham.