ArtPrize 2022!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: ArtPrize is my favorite event in Michigan!! Great art packed into a great town? Yes, please! This year certainly did not disappoint. Please enjoy these pictures of (just a few of) the awesome installments we saw. And if you’re looking for a challenge, guess which one received the Artist-to-Artist award (answer at the bottom).

Carla and I knew we were off to a good start when we loved the very first ArtPrize exhibit our eyes landed on. These bears are made of nails! Also, pro tip: the Gerald R. Ford Museum is my favorite place to park during ArtPrize.
This cat is made of Swavorski crystals! It was on a rotating stand, which really gave it a je ne sais quoi vibe. It can be yours for the low, low price of $20,000.
I assure you, there are some pictures coming up that aren’t animals. Just… not yet. This artist had an entire series of jungle animals… all drawn with Sharpies!! Brilliant! (Says the girl who bought herself a 20 pack of Sharpies and put them in her own stocking last Christmas.)
You guys. This eye is a DRAWING! Kaylee Yang did this with colored pencils. The detail blows my mind! She’s definitely an artist to keep an eye on.
I knew right away my kids would love this one! It’s so sweet and whimsical. Zoom in to see the little dog pilots and their slingshot launchpad. Everything about this makes me smile!

This was titled “Music in the Air” Clever art, clever name!
The picture does not do this exhibit justice! We talked to the artist for a while and he told us he went to Egypt in 2020 (but HOW?!) to see the pyramids. When he came home he created this replica of the tomb with moving parts and everything! He and his wife of 50 years painted it together, confirming my suspiscion that couples who create together, stay together!
This wall of origami flowers puts my cootie catchers of fourth grade fame to shame. It was featured in the Amway Hotel in the same spot the dictionary dresses were last year! Paper alley, is what we’ll call it from this year on.

That’s a wrap on ArtPrize 2022! It was a blast as always. There were tons of talented artists from all over the place, but I was excited to see so many representing Michigan! Keep on creating, artists! I can’t wait to see what you come up with for ArtPrize 2023!

Answer: If you were playing along, it was the clay pots with scenes that won the Artist-to-Artist award. And rightly so. They’re done by Brad and Bryan Caviness out of Greensboro, NC. “Slay with clay” is their motto! (Not really. But it should be.)