Post image for A Few Brief Reflections on ArtPrize

I spent a few days in Grand Rapids looking at the juried and public prize finalists at ArtPrize. ArtPrize describes itself as a radically open, independently organized international art competition and a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.Basically, it’s a city wide exhibition in which the public and a jury vote on their favorite art works. The top winner of the juried and public vote prize takes home $200,000. The top winner for category prizes takes home $20,000.
In case you’re wondering what I thought of the finalists, I spent a bit of time on TV talking about each of them. The winners, I haven’t weighed in on until now. A few thoughts:

Post image for Looking Back at Prospect: Prospect 1 New Orleans, the Antidote to Miami

Right now, Art F City is in New Orleans to see Prospect.3. Before we begin to contemplate this biennial, we thought it’d be timely to look back at Paddy’s report from the first Prospect, held in 2008.

Post image for Four Hours Left to Bid in Our Paddle8 Auction!

There are just a few hours to place a bid on art in our Paddle8 Writers Auction. You gotta hurry. You’ve got until 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) to pick up work by some of contemporary art’s finest—and support the great staff writers here at Art F City. The artists in this auction include: Echo Eggebrecht, Gianna Commito, Jayson Musson, Joshua Abelow, Ann Hirsch, Aleksandra Domanovic, Keith Mayerson and Alex Da Corte.

Post image for Dueling Reports: Is the Post-Art School Job Crisis Bullshit?

Does art school lead us to the fulfilling creative life we all hoped, or is it the most expensive possible qualification for a dishwashing job?

Such are the very different pictures of life after art school, painted by two opposing reports: one by the collective of arts alums BFAMFAPhD’s “Artists Report Back”, and another by the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) “Making It Work”. In the introductory letter, SNAAP Research Director Steven J. Tepper wonders “how we can serve our students and graduates better as they transition from school to work?” BFAMFAPhD asks: “If we are not supporting ourselves as working artists, what jobs do we work?”

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“See money raining down on me” from

“GIF of the Day” fans, artists, readers: a gift to you. Giphy is holding a $10,000 contest to make a digital sticker. The sticker doesn’t even have to be animated, and it can just be something you made that’s lying around from years past. By sticker, I’m pretty sure they just mean an animated GIF or a picture. It will not stick to things. This is likely the largest sum of money any individual will stand to make off a GIF in 2014.