ArtPrize 2013 winner is ‘Sleeping Bear Dune Lakeshore’ art quilt by Michigan artist Ann Loveless

Ann Loveless

Ann Loveless

Studio Art Quilt Associates member Ann Loveless is ArtPrize 2013’s $200,000 first prize winner. Her work “Sleeping Bear Dune Lakeshore,” was the favorite among 1,524 works of art in ArtPrize 2013.

Sleeping Bear Dunes by SAQA member, Ann Loveless

Sleeping Bear Dunes by SAQA member, Ann Loveless

  Loveless is the first fiber artist to win in ArtPrize’s five-year history. Loveless has participated in three past ArtPrize competitions. Her 2012 entry, “Seasons,” reached the Top 25 in the popular vote.

“I put myself out there and pushed myself to do something really big,” said Loveless earlier this week in an interview with Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk of  Michigans M-Live news outlet. “I told myself if I could be in the Top 25, I could make it to the Top 10.” “Sleeping Bear Dune Lakeshore” is four individual panels totaling 5 feet high and 20 feet wide, of  a beach scene with the Sleeping Bear Dunes in the background

Loveless and the other two top winners each had their works displayed in the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. This location is well known to SAQA members as it has displayed a number of art quilt exhibitions in the past.

ArtPrize was created in 2009 by entrepreneur Rick DeVos, and the $360,000 in prize money awarded to the Top 10 finalists is funded by the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation.

The ArtPrize 2013 Top 10 finalists:

1. “Sleeping Bear Dune Lakeshore,” by Ann Loveless of Frankfort, Mich.
Venue: Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
Winnings: $200,000

2. “Polar Expressed,” by Anni Crouter of Flint, Mich.
Venue: Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
Winnings: $75,000

3. “UPlifting,” by Andy Sacksteder of Port Clinton, Ohio
Venue: Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
Winnings: $50,000

The fourth through tenth place entries each receive $5,000 in prize money

4. “Dancing with Mother Nature,” by Paul Baliker of Palm Coast, Fla.
Venue: Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

5. “Botanical Exotica a Monumental Collection of the Rare and beautiful,” by Jason Gamrath of Seattle, Wash.
Venue: Grand Rapids Art Museum

6. “Earth Giant,” by Benjamin Gazsi of Morgantown, W.Va.
Venue: Grand Rapids Public Museum

7. “Myth-or-Logic,” by Robin Protz of New Hartford, Conn.
Venue: Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

8. “Finding Beauty in Bad Things: Porcelain Vine,” by Fraser Smith of St. Pete Beach, Fla.
Venue: DeVos Place

9. “Taking Flight,” by Michael Gard of San Francisco, Calif.
Venue: DeVos Place

10. “Tired Pandas,” by Nick Jakubiak of Battle Creek, Mich.
Venue: The B.O.B.

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