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Professor's entry advances in international ArtPrize contest

September 25, 2013

A University of Wisconsin-Stout art professor has been named a division finalist in ArtPrize, which reportedly offers the largest monetary art prize in the world.

Charles Matson Lume's ArtPrize entryCharles Matson Lume, from the UW-Stout School of Art and Design, has been named one of five short-list finalists in the 3-D category. Lume's entry, "The World's An Untranslatable Language II (for Charles Wright)," is described as light reflecting off mirrored paper, creating a pattern of light on a gallery wall.

The other finalists in the 3-D category are from New York City; Barcelona, Spain; Brooklyn, N.Y.; and Chattanooga, Tenn.

ArtPrize is held in Grand Rapids, Mich., with entries exhibited for 19 days at 169 sites over three square miles of downtown.

Charles Matson LumeLume is in the running for three cash prizes. The winner of the 3-D category, as in the four other categories, will receive $20,000 based on a juror's decision. A $100,000 Grand Juried Prize will be awarded to the top juried entry.

Also, public online and mobile application voting will determine the top 10 overall finalists and a $200,000 first prize winner. The other nine finalists will divide $160,000 in prizes. The contest offers a total of $560,000 in prize money.

First-round voting ends Saturday, Sept. 28. Anyone can vote. Go to www.artprize.org to register.
More than 235,000 votes had been cast as of Wednesday, Sept. 25.

The contest drew more than 1,500 entries from 45 U.S. states and territories and 47 countries.

Lume, of St. Paul, received the UW-Stout Senior Outstanding Researcher Award in April. He teaches painting, drawing and aesthetics.

His work has been exhibited at the Irish Museum of Modern Art and Minnesota Museum of American Art, among others, and he has been a Bush Foundation fellow.

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