It was an undeniably rocky beginning for the first-ever Art Loop Open, an art competition decided largely by popular vote. Whispers of conflicts-of-interest and procedural violations were soon overshadowed by all-out scandal as artist Bernard Williams was disqualified from the competition, reinstated, disqualified again, then finally reinstated. I've written all about it on my Chicago Art Blog. Unfortunately, by the time that Williams was reinstated he had missed nearly four crucial days of voting, weekend days moreover, which undoubtedly played a role in his shut out from the top three prizes that were decided by public vote. However, Williams did win the Artropolis Prize, earning a display space during the 2011 art fair, Artropolis.
Here are the other winners and awards for Art Loop Open. Congratulations to all the artists that participated! From Art Loop Open:
With more than 12,000 votes cast by members of the public in support of their favorite pieces of art, the top three Art Loop Open prize winners are: John Dempsey, “The Great American Landscape” ($25,000 First Prize, seen above); Daniel Lavitt, “Till We Meet Again” ($15,000 Second Prize); and Joseph Ivacic, “Staying Connected” ($10,000 Third Prize).
Augmenting the official Art Loop Open cash prizes are 12 merit awards judged and granted by specific organizations; those award winners were also announced and include:
• The CADA Choice Awards (4)
Awarded by the Chicago Art Dealers Association, an arts organization comprised of the city’s foremost visual arts dealers. Winning artists receive a one-month exhibit at the following CADA galleries, between November – December 2010: Catherine Edelman Gallery: Brad Pogatetz, Packer Schopf Gallery: Aaron Delehanty, Roy Boyd Gallery: Andrew Holmquist and Perimeter Gallery: Roland Oria.
• Hard Rock Hotel Prize
Selected by DeMar Hamilton, drummer for the Plain White T’s, on behalf of the Hard Rock Hotel, Kip Pasta will exhibit a piece and/or collection of his work for one year in one of the hotel’s suites, along with receiving an opening reception at the suite and a two-night stay.
• 3Arts Prize
Awarded by 3Arts, this $2,000 cash prizes reflects 3Arts’ mission of supporting women artists, artists of color, and artists with disabilities, and is awarded to Catherine Jacobi, winning work seen above.
• Palmer House
Selected by the Palmer House, a $1,500 cash prize is awarded to Jim Newberry who will exhibit a piece and/or collection of his work for one year in one of the hotel’s suites, along with an opening reception at the suite and a two-night stay.
• Art Chicago | NEXT Prize
Selected by Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. (MMPI), Duncan Anderson will have his artwork exhibited in the Chicago Artists’ Coalition booth at Art Chicago/NEXT, April 28 - May 2, 2011.
• Artropolis Prize
Selected by MMPI, Bernard Williams will receive an extended exhibition within a public space at the Merchandise Mart from November 2010 through the duration of Artropolis in the spring of 2011.
• One of A Kind Prize
Selected by MMPI, Lynn Basa will receive a booth at the 2010 One of A Kind Show, December 2 – 5, 2010.
• The WIT Prize
Presented and judged by theWit Hotel, a $5,000 cash prize is awarded to Younghwan Choi, whose installation, “My Dear Friend Sullivan Building,” best reflects the concept of ‘WIT’- the power of thinking and reasoning, intelligence, perception and humor.
• The Richard H. Driehaus Prize for Representational Art
Presented and judged by the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, a $5,000 cash prize is awarded for best ‘representational work’ to Renee McGinnis for her painting, “Park 60654.”
-Abraham Ritchie, Editor for ArtSlant: Chicago