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Art Prize Dog sculpture, recreated office get top honours

The Grand Rapids is Michigan-based public art affair that is popularly known as Art Prize.

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Wounded Warrior Dogs play

Wounded Warrior Dogs


The winners were revealed on October 7, 2016.

There were two grand prizes of 200,000 Dollars and they were awarded to James Mellick and Stacey Kirby.

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James Mellick won the prize via public vote. He won for his piece titled Wounded Warrior Dogs. Kirby's The Bureau of Personal Belonging won the prize after being selected by a panel of judges made up of art experts.

Voting began on September 21, 2016 and 37,433 visitors voted, most of whom came through the ArtPrize mobile app.

The panel of judges included Michelle Grabner, an artist and professor at School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Paul Ha, director at the MIT List Visual Arts Center and Eric Shiner, Sotheby’s senior vice president.

Mellick's piece was life-size wooden carved sculptures of show dogs with fake limbs. They are representative of the injuries US servicemen suffer in combat.

The Bureau of Personal Belonging play

The Bureau of Personal Belonging



Kirby piece on the other hand is interactive. It launches viewers back in time with a recreation of a bureaucratic office in the 1960s.

The visitors could engage with performers, and they responded to their experiences in the 'office'. 

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