Kipp Normand won ArtPrize Pitch Night Thursday evening at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. He won $5,000, and a prime venue at the Grand Rapids, MI art competition—a former patio space for TGI Fridays in the Ledyard Building—to construct his installation consisting of what he describes as “tremendous pile[s] of broken and decrepit furniture.”
Normand was one of five artists to compete for a space in this annual 19-day exhibition, taking place September 21-October 9, in which over 1,500 artists from all over the world compete for half a million dollars in prizes.
The five Indianapolis artists competing in ArtPrize Pitch Night were Brian James Priest, Lisa Sears, Rachel K. Johnson, Quincy Owens and Luke Crawley, and Kipp Normand.
Each of the artist—or artist groups—made a five minute powerpoint presentation to a jury panel consisting of five art professionals; including last year’s Pitch Night winner Emily Kennerk and outgoing IMA Curator of Audience Experiences and performances, Scott Stulen.
Normand won over the panel with a humorous presentation in which he vowed to “go Baroque” to transform the small entrance of the patio space into a “triumphal entry… inspired by everything from classical architecture to baroque painting, early amusement parks, circus parades, and even a good bit of Midwestern American history.”
ArtPrize Executive Director Christian Gaines was on hand at Thursday’s Pitch Night.
“It’s whimsical, it’s playful and I think people will really respond to that,” he said. “There are lots of different people who attend ArtPrize who are at a lot of different places on their art appreciation journey: just starting out or quite far down the road and I think that this will have a wide appeal. I’m looking forward to that. And I’m looking forward to it just kind of like break up the cityscape and create a burst of color and eclectic crazy, wild….. it will be like a crazy confetti blender bust.”