ArtPrize and Sustainability

ArtPrize has each year featured a variety of competing art pieces displaying sustainable practices and ideas of reuse.

ArtPrize as an organization has also included some sustainable practices in the merchandise that is being sold.  Outdoor promotional banners from past years’ festivals have been transformed into messenger satchels and other reusable bags.  Leftover t-shirts from last year are being sold.  And also, Goodwill Industries of West Michigan has teamed up with ArtPrize this year to provide “vintage” t-shirts embroidered with the ArtPrize logo (these shirts are available at the Goodwill store on Division and also The Hub).  All of these mentioned merchandise pieces can be found at The Hub and other exhibition centers.

One of the several awards available for ArtPrize participants to receive is a Sustainability Award.  This award is returning for it’s third year.  The artist “whose work best reflects the importance of sustainable practices and the triple-bottom line” (ArtPrize website) is eligible to receive this award.  Susan Lyons is specifically the Sustainability Juror for ArtPrize this fall.  Lyons is in charge of a “collaborative studio [which is] dedicated to developing compelling and environmentally intelligent products for industrial and consumer use” (ArtPrize website).

(“Tree of Re-Life”, created by Justin La Doux.)

Throughout the next few weeks, we will be posting profiles on some of our favorite environmentally friendly pieces.  Watch our blog for updates as ArtPrize continues through October 9.  You can find more information about ArtPrize at:

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