Benzie County quilter sews up $200,000 ArtPrize

A Northern Michigan artist takes the top spot, and the $200,000 prize in this year's ArtPrize.

A quilter has won the $200,000 ArtPrize competition in Michigan with a multi-panel quilt inspired by a northern Michigan lakeshore near her home.

ArtPrize officials say Ann Loveless of Frankfort, Mich., won the public voting Friday at the annual 19-day event in Grand Rapids, Mich. Her quilt is titled "Sleeping Bear Dune Lakeshore."

It was displayed at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, one of 168 venues showing ArtPrize entries in Grand Rapids. There were 1,524 pieces of art by 1,805 artists from 47 countries.

The public participates in two rounds of voting to distribute $360,000 of prize money.

In a separate category, a jury of arts professionals awarded a $100,000 prize to Carlos Bunga of Barcelona, Spain, for "Ecosystem," made with cardboard, tape and paint.