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ArtPrize winner announced

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A photo of Chris LaPorte's winning piece "Cavalry, American Officers, 1921"

The winner of ArtPrize was announced last night in Grand Rapids.  Grand Rapids-based artist Chris LaPorte came in first place with his life-size pencil drawing titled, "Cavalry, American Officers, 1921." LaPorte won $250,000.  The drawing is based on a photograph that LaPorte saw in a Grand Rapids antique shop.

Dustin Dwyer reports that thousands of people gathered for the announcement.  The 2nd place prize went to Mia Tavonnati of Santa Ana, California for her stained glass mosaic titled "Svelata."

All of the more than 1,700 pieces of art will remain in place through the weekend.

Zoe Clark is Michigan Radio’s Political Director. In this role, Clark guides coverage of the state Capitol, elections, and policy debates.