Art Prize finalists bring ‘Invasive Species’ to GR

Oct 5, 2016

Michigan artists Casey Dixon and Gene Foulk, under the name Shiny Seed, are finalists in the three-dimensional category of the public Grand Rapids Art Prize vote finals and will learn their fate this weekend. Their work is called “Invasive Species.”


The Art Prize competition in Grand Rapids bills itself as the most-attended public art event on the planet. Upwards of 400,000 people are expected to have taken in this year’s Art Prize by the time it ends on Sunday.

There will be a pair of $200,000 grand prizes, one juried by art experts and another based on a vote of attendees. Entries were down a bit this year, but their works have been displayed at more venues.

Two Michigan artists, working together under the name Shiny Seed, are in the finals for the public vote in the three-dimensional category. They are Gene Foulk and Casey Dixon. Shiny Seed’s entry is called “Invasive Species,” and it’s on display at the PNC Bank Building on Monroe Avenue Northwest in Grand Rapids.

Current State talks with the artists about their work and how Art Prize could impact their careers.