The wonderful artist that did the salt and earth prints was just awarded a $5,000 curator's award. Pretty darn exciting news - since nobody knew until just now there was such a thing.
The idea behind ArtPrize was to let the public choose the best work. The other idea was to "reboot the conversation about art" and that it did. Lips were flapping and people were texting, chatting, emailing, voice mailing, writing, blogging, you name it, to voice their opinions.
I think they exceeded their expectations in getting people talking. If art is indeed a conversation, the project worked because few remained silent. And that's a good thing.
But now suddenly there's a curator's award. Oh well! The good new is that the recipient is Young Kim and he won't have to walk away without a nod for his wonderful work.
One award that wasn't a surprise was the sustainability award. We were secretly hoping that two of the San Chez artists would win, but the award went to Scott Hessels. If you're interested in seeing his work, check him out: http://www.artprize.org/artist/id/2517
Five minutes till the final announcement. 5, 4, 3, 3, 1!