Last year's big winner was an immense pencil drawing by Grand Rapids artist, Chris LaPorte. ArtPrize 2010 marked the first year that the $250,000 prize was a purchase award. The drawing, now owned by ArtPrize Inc., was displayed in The Hub, a building that previously housed the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art. Founded as an artists' space, the UICA became patron-dominated when the DeVos family bought the building and moved UICA to a less-sketchy part of downtown. Is the TMI? I hope not. Photo credit: Janet Tyson

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