November 2011 News

ArtPrize Mourns Death of Fred Meijer

Late last night, the world lost Fred Meijer, chairman emeritus of Meijer Stores. At ArtPrize, we mourn the loss of this cultural visionary. Our thoughts go out to his family.

ArtPrize Exec. Director Among Nov. 5x5 Night Judges

ArtPrize Exec. Director Among Nov. 5x5 Night Judges

If you’re not familiar with 5×5 Night, you should be. Like ArtPrize, it’s an incredible experiment taking place in Grand Rapids that is positively impacting our culture. Here’s the basics: the platform invites five presenters to show five slides for five minutes to five judges for a chance at $5,000. Among the judges is ArtPrize’s own Catherine Creamer, our executive director, and an entrepreneur as well as an artist in her own right.

Face Recognition Makes the Leap From Sci-Fi

Face Recognition Makes the Leap From Sci-Fi

Immersive Labs, a company in Manhattan, has developed software for digital billboards using cameras to gauge the age range, sex and attention level of a passer-by. The smart signs, scheduled to roll out this month in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York, deliver ads based on consumers’ demographics. In other words, the system is smart enough to display, say, a Gillette ad to a male passer-by rather than an ad for Tampax.