Susan Sollins, Producer, Director, ArtPrize Juror, Dies

Susan Sollins, the executive director of Art21, died on October 13, just days after the ArtPrize 2014 Awards Ceremony was held.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/20/2014

Anni Crouter - captured second prize. (Credit/ArtPrize)

Quilter Takes Home Top Honors In Grand Rapids’ ArtPrize

A quilter inspired by a Lake Michigan lakeshore near her home was declared the winner Friday of the $200,000 ArtPrize competition.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/05/2013

An ArtPrize 2010 installation in Grand Rapids

ArtPrize, World’s Largest Art Competition, Underway In Grand Rapids

The fifth installment of the annual ArtPrize international art competition is getting underway in Grand Rapids. Hundreds of entries from 45 states and 47 countries are in the running.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/18/2013

"Elephants" by Adonna Khare (Credit:

ArtPrize Announces Winners Of 2012 Competition

A Burbank, Calif., artist has won the top cash prize at the fourth annual ArtPrize international competition in Grand Rapids.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/06/2012

"Love Is..." by Judy Rogers (Credit:

Vandal Strikes ArtPrize Entry In Grand Rapids

A large, rotating sphere that was installed in Grand Rapids as part of the annual ArtPrize competition has been damaged by a vandal.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/02/2012

An ArtPrize 2010 installation in Grand Rapids

ArtPrize: Top 10 Finalists Unveiled For $560K Prize

These finalists were chosen from a field of 1,517 artists from 46 countries and 41 U.S. states and territories. More than 41,000 voters contributed nearly 400,000 votes.

CBS Detroit–10/01/2012

The downtown Grand Rapids skyline. WWJ file photo.

Rick DeVos Introduces Start Garden: $15 Million Fund To Invest In Ideas

GRAND RAPIDS — After weeks of speculation, Rick DeVos’ Pomegranate Studios, creator of ArtPrize, Momentum and 5×5 Night, Thursday introduced its latest initiative before a crowd of Michigan business leaders. Called Start Garden, it is […]


Carol Cain Pancakes & Politics

Pancakes & Politics: Spotlight On Cities As Engines For Growth

It will be talk of urban cities as economic catalysts as well as what the east side and west side of the state can learn from each other that will dominate the next “Pancakes and Politics” this Thursday at the Detroit Athletic Club.

CBS 62–04/23/2012

Rick DeVos

Michigan Game Changer: Rick DeVos To Unveil New Project

Buoyed by the incredible success of ArtPrize, Grand Rapids social entrepreneur Rick DeVos is preparing to take the wraps off of his newest project on Thursday — a statewide venture called Start Garden.

CBS 62–04/20/2012

Rick DeVos (at left) chats with attendees at the Michigan Business Incubator Associaton annual conference Tuesday night in Grand Rapids. (Photo: Matt Roush)

DeVos: Building The Next Michigan, One Startup At A Time

Rick DeVos, grandson of the co-founder of Amway and driving force behind startup-based economic development in Grand Rapids — not to mention creator of a wildly successful art festival — gave his thoughts on turning Michigan into a startup hotbed Tuesday at the Michigan Business Incubator Association annual conference.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/17/2012