Senior Wins Top Prize in Student Art Competition with Green Theme

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“Illusion or Reality? Renewable Energy” Artwork by Daniel Lopez, Grand Rapids Public Schools

Art is SMART for a Grand Rapids area high school senior, who won a $1,000 college scholarship for his abstract painting about renewable energy.

Daniel Lopez, a senior at City High School, was selected from among the top 20 entries in the inaugural Consumers Energy and Grand Rapids Public Schools “SmartArt” competition announced this week as part of ArtPrize. View SmartArt Top 20 entries.

SmartArt stands for “Students Making Art with a Renewable Theme.” And more than 50 entries were initially submitted with a theme of energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainability.

A large vinyl rendition of the winning art, “Illusion or Reality? Renewable Energy,” is on display outside Consumers Energy’s Ellsworth substation at Monroe Avenue and Fulton Street in downtown Grand Rapids.

Lopez, in his artist statement, said he wanted to create an abstract painting using different colors and images to show different types of renewable energy available.

“The painting as a whole expresses the different available sources that we can use to generate energy and the importance of it to make Earth a better place,” Lopez wrote.

Part of our Promise to Michigan is caring for the communities we serve. And recognizing and supporting today’s young artists helps create tomorrow’s ArtPrize entries.

The second through 10th place finishers, in descending order are: Alexandria Hardy; Isabel Flikkema; Dominic Russell and Rolando Torrez; Kaya Henderson; Morgan Barber; Cindy Xiao; Rohullah Hassani; Erin Eastham and Roxanne Cabrera and Jordan Morrison.

ArtPrize, now in its fifth year, attracts nearly a half million visitors to its more than 160 indoor and outdoor venues in and around downtown Grand Rapids. Time Magazine included ArtPrize on its worldwide list of “Five Festive Events You Won’t Want to Miss in 2013.”