The Brothers won the ArtPrize 2022 Biggest Award for Intricate and Luminous Pottery


Grand Rapids, Michigan – Creation, Destruction, Reflection, a series of 20 intricately carved vases at DeVos Place displaying ancient monuments from the Temple of Delphi to the streets of Jerusalem, won the ArtPrize 2022 Artist-to-Artist Prize worth $12,500.

The entry, created by brothers Brad and Brian Cavens of Browns Summit, North Carolina, was one of 16 artists and venue to receive awards during ArtPrize’s closing ceremony Friday at Studio Park in downtown Grand Rapids.

The Artist-to-Artist award was the biggest cash prize at this year’s event.

Other prizes ranged from $2,500 to $10,000.

Creativity, Destruction, and Reflection were a hit at this year’s event, drawing large crowds who closely scrutinized the historical scenes carved inside clay vases.

Related: 21 must-see photos from ArtPrize 2022 opening days

On their website, the brothers say their art combines their interest in history with their “talents in art and design to inspire an appreciation for monumental achievements in art and architecture, draw attention to the destruction of ancient sites, and spark interest in preserving those still here, whether threatened by slow progress.” time, natural disasters, or war.”

“We begin by creating interpretative versions of ancient pottery,” the brothers said on their website. “After disturbing the surface, the jar is shattered to reveal the interior. We then place the clay in the volume of the jar to create a panoramic view of the site, visually unifying the artifacts of culture with their location.”

Here are the other winners of ArtPrize 2022:

Favorite Visitor Awards: $10,000 each

two dimensional: In My Eyes by Florencia Clement de Grandprey (DeVos Place)

Three-dimensional: Casey Wells, American Eagle (Amway)

Installations: Jennifer Donahue, Twigg the Forest Dragon (Amway)

time based: Christine Zamora, Healing Embodied Through Body Art (POP)

Digital: Rob Finch, “Urban Arterials” … Revived through Projective Mapping (Ice Castle)

Winners: $10,000 for the winner, $2,500 for the honorable mention

two dimensional: Harold Allen, “For Dorothy Avro Harping” (Devus Bliss); honorary: Erica Kohl, “The Bellow (In a Time of War)” (Palatte Coffee & Art)

3D: Winner: Mo Jo, “The Last” (Monroe Community Church) honorary: Mark Minin, “Embedded” (Meijer Garden)

Installations: Madison Schaffer, Searching for a Nice Peninsula (140 Monroe Center) Honorable Mention: Brian Whitfield, Who’s Next (Grand Rapids African American Museum)

time based: Karen Muller and Christian Marquardt, “Fusion” (Studio Park) Honorable Mention: Ciara Glass, ‘Ineffable Lypophrenia’ (Rosa Parks Circle)

Digital: Gary Mesa-Guido, “Derivations of the Gothic Arch, Part 2” (GRCC Paul Collins Gallery) Honorable Mention: Charles Cusack, ‘Algorithm + You = Art’ (House Rules Lounge)

Independent Awards: 5000 dollars each

Contemporary Black Art Award: Poetry on Demand by William Davis (Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum)

Asian Art Award: Sold to Slaughter by Stacie Tamaki (DeVos Place)

Artista Latino Award: In My Eyes by Florencia Clement de Grandprey (DeVos Place)

place: (the winner gets a certificate)

winner: Monroe Community Church

Top 5: KCAD (Kendall College of Art and Design, Ferris State University); Frederic Meijer Gardens; ArtPod. Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives; Monroe Community Church

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