Project 1: Crossed Lines

Project 1 is the first in a series of multi-sited public art exhibitions in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Produced by ArtPrize, Project 1 consists of five artists commissioned to create sculptures, installations, performances, urban interventions and community-oriented projects.

Artists are invited to explore the theme of “Crossed Lines” — how lines are drawn, literally and figuratively, to demarcate public and private space, and how boundaries inform our movement and sense of belonging. This theme reflects the complex conditions of Grand Rapids, a place with a rich legacy of public art defining and enhancing civic space, yet still confronted with difficult questions about access and boundaries, both visible and invisible.

The artists in Project 1: Crossed Lines have been selected because of the way they create more than objects, using public art to question and alter spaces, both physical and social. The way people move through a city—the ways in which people feel as if they do or do not belong—are the result of design decisions as well as policy decisions. In asking artists to temporarily alter public spaces, and create new ones, Project 1: Crossed Lines seeks to follow these artists into an embodied exploration of how and for who the city is made. What can artists—with their ability to manipulate form, experience and social engagement—teach us about what it means to belong?

Mission

The ArtPrize organization produces open citywide contemporary art experiences that encourage critical discourse, celebrate artists, transform urban space and promote cultural understanding.

Background

Project 1 is the next evolution of ArtPrize, the international art competition and festival recognized by The Art Newspaper as one of the most-attended public art events in the world. With ArtPrize moving to a biennial schedule, the Project series shifts the organizing principle of our fall exhibition from competition to commission every other year. In Project years, we’re able to build deep collaborations with artists and provide resources, time and community connections in a whole new way.

2019 — Project 1
2020 — ArtPrize, Sept. 16-Oct. 4
2021 — Project 2
2022 — ArtPrize, Sept. 21-Oct. 9
2023 — Project 3
2024 — ArtPrize, Sept. 17-Oct. 5

Team

Jori Bennett, Executive Director
Kevin Buist, Artistic Director
Derek Call, Director of Operations & Production
Brian Cohen, Director of Strategic Partnerships
Arielle Creps, Business Development Coordinator
Kristian Grant, Donor Development Manager
Becca Guyette, Director of Learning & Engagement
Katherine Hagman, Volunteer & Visitor Services Manager
Melisa McGinnis, Director of Finance & Business Affairs
Katie Moore, Exhibitions Manager
Paul Sapp, Operations Manager
Jaenell Woods, Senior Communications Manager
Katie Zychowski, Communications Coordinator

Board of Directors

Rick DeVos, Founder & Chairman: CEO, Wakestream Ventures
Sue Jandernoa: Founder, 42 North Partners
Daryn Kuipers: Director of Operations, Windquest Group
Mary Ellen Rodgers: Managing Partner, Global Shared Services, Deloitte
Scott VanderLeek: National Sales Manager, Terryberry
Mark Washington: City Manager, City of Grand Rapids
Rebecca Wierda: President, Leigh’s
Jim Zwiers: Executive Vice President, Wolverine Worldwide

Curatorial Advisory Committee

Joseph Becherer, Director of the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame
Dan Cameron, Independent Curator
Rebecca Carbin, Independent Curator and founder of I Heart Your Work Art Futures and ART + PUBLIC UnLtd
Nicole J. Caruth, Independent Curator and Writer
Alice Gray Stites, Chief Curator of 21c Museum Hotels
Larry Ossei-Mensah, Chief Curator of Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit