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ArtPrize 2012 Spotlight – Memorable Quotes Of ArtPrize 2012

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ArtPrize 2012 is over, but the discussion around ArtPrize never seems to end.  That’s a good thing.

Debate over what is or isn’t art and questions about the fairness of the competition are just a couple of the commonly discussed topics.

Take a look at a few of the memorable quotes of ArtPrize 2012.




Why was ArtPrize created in the first place?  It was not to find better art through voting.  ArtPrize founder Rick DeVos explained to Andy Rent:

It’s about creating a culture of creativity and doing that through engagement and conversation and cultivating this curiosity that then results in people learning things.


ArtPrize 2012 winner Adonna Khare’s acceptance speech after winning ArtPrize 2012:

Thank you.  Yeah.


Lisa Freiman, 3-D juror for ArtPrize, describing Mike Simi’s entry “Mr. Weekend“:

It is so fantastically weird.


Mr. Weekend” himself:

I didn’t think what I thought I thunk.


Filmmaker John Waters talking to’s John Serba about art before his visit to ArtPrize:

The worst and the best are fine. It’s the middle that’s terrible.  The most average piece in the show? Now that’s something to be embarrassed about.


Susan Szenasy, Urban Space juror for ArtPrize, at ArtPrize’s Short List announcement, about the Calder Plaza:

That place needs a lot of work.


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