Artstop, in partnership with the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation announced the winners of the Project Spaces cash prizes at a recent event held at BNIM Architecture in downtown Des Moines.
The Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation Site Integrated prize of $2,000 was split between two artists, Peter P. Goche and Matthew Corones. The Merit prize of $500 was awarded to Allison Svoboda.
The Meredith Corporation Campus was the host site for Ames-based artist Peter Goche’s “Culture/Carriage”, an installation of accumulated lumber meant to serve as a site where passersby might situate themselves. Goche’s stated intent was to blur the threshold between the public space of the sidewalk and the private grounds of Meredith Corporation.
The Pappajohn Higher Education Center featured a work by Matthew Corones, a Des Moines artist who transformed the building’s south-facing exterior windows with “Aqua Twilight”, an installation of layered digital transparency film and ink that achieves an effect similar to stained glass. The Corones work is a study of Matisse-inspired shapes placed over a geometric pattern.
The Merit Prize of $500 was awarded to Chicago-based artist Allison Svoboda, whose large-scale drawing, titled “Mandala”, contains organic patterns and forms found in nature. Svoboda’s work, made of sumi-e ink on paper, was on display at Capitol Square.
The People’s Choice award of $1000 was presented to Annick Ibsen, who received the most online votes. Her sculptures were on display at Americana Restaurant.