October 9, 2018
ArtPrize 2018 came to a close on October 7 and winners were announced, including Stamps alumn John Gutoskey (MFA ‘14), who took the $12,500 Two-Dimensional Juried Vote Award.
On view at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM), Gutoskey’s work is entitled “PULSE Nightclub: 49 Elegies” and honors each of the 49 people murdered in the shooting at the PULSE nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on June 12, 2016.
“I began this series in early July of that year, and I completed the 49th print in early October 2016. This exhibit addresses not only the loss, the grief and the aftermath of such a tragic event, but also intersects with the current issues of gun violence, homophobia, Hispanophobia, violence against people of color and the transgender community, and LGBTQ rights,” said Gutoskey.
The 49 mixed media monoprints in this series combine woodcut, collage, digital images from photographs and scans, stencil, spray enamel, glitter, colored pencil, art paper, gift wrap paper, and alcohol gel transfer decals. Each print measures 28″h x 20″w on Arches 88.
ArtPrize is an open, independently organized international art competition which takes place for 19 days every other fall in Grand Rapids, Michigan. More than five hundred thousand dollars in prizes are awarded each year, which include a $200,000 prize awarded entirely by public vote and another $200,000 prize awarded by a jury of art experts. ArtPrize 2018 was on view through Sunday, October 7.
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