Before the big announcement of the winner of this year’s competition the sponsors, staff, artists, and VIPs mingled and shared a champagne toast to commemorate another successful year of the Grand art experiment, conversation starter, and community event known as ArtPrize.
Around 5pm people began to filter into the Seccia Lobby of the DeVos Place. The floor to ceiling glass windows provided a bath of unexpected October sunshine and a backdrop of people outside meandering and observing the very event we were celebrating. The juxtaposition was not lost on the crowd of VIPs, the room was energized with conversation about the people walking around outside, still viewing the art downtown – even after two weeks of the competition had already passed; even though it was an evening and a Thursday.
When Rick DeVos took the podium to give a few remarks, even he commented on the celebration that was occurring inside surrounding the experience and conversation that was occurring just outside. The consensus was that ArtPrize was again a success. He closed his remarks with a toast, “Cheers to many more.”
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