‘Intersections’ and ‘The Hair Craft Project’ win ArtPrize 2014

Intersections by Anila Quayyum Agha

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD/AP) — Intersections by Anila Quayyum Agha has won the ArtPrize 2014 public vote grand prize, and split the juried grand prize with The Hair Craft Project by Sonya Clark.

Jurors Susan Sollins, Leonardo Drew and Katharina Grosse said they couldn’t decide on a single juried grand prize winner, so they decided to split it, Sollins announced during the ArtPrize Awards show at the Grand Rapids Civic Theater Friday.

Because Agha won the public vote grand prize and half of the juried grand prize, she will go home with $300,000 — the most money ArtPrize has ever awarded to a single artist. Hers was the only entry to be both a public vote and juried finalist this year.

“What an amazing adventure for me. I really had a fabulous time.” Agha told the crowd gathered at the Civic Theater after she was announced as the public vote grand prize winner. “All of you guys, you came out and voted for me. Thank you so much. I really appreciate it. I’m really touched.”

She told 24 Hour News 8 that her first ArtPrize has exceeded her wildest expectations.

Clark won $100,000 from the juried grand prize. She was also the juried two-dimensional category winner.

“Intersections” is displayed at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. “The Hair Craft Project” is at Kendall College of Art & Design. Both can be still be seen before the end of ArtPrize on Sunday.

The 19-day ArtPrize is open to any artist. The 1,536 entries have come from artists in 42 states and territories and 51 countries.

The public votes using mobile devices and the Internet to distribute $260,000, while an additional $300,000 in juried awards is decided by a group of international art experts. This was the first time in the contest’s six-year history that a winner took home both the jury prize and the public vote prize.

“ArtPrize 2014 has once again exceeded my grandest expectations,” co-founder Rick DeVos said during the awards show.

The crowd at Rosa Parks Circle for the ArtPrize Awards watch party. (Oct. 10, 2014)
The crowd at Rosa Parks Circle for the ArtPrize Awards watch party. (Oct. 10, 2014)


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