Shiny Red Nothing @ ArtPrize 10 - Press Release

"Slow City" -- J. Strickland; 2018
August 7, 2018


Artist Partners With Community To Bring Weird Fun to ArtPrize 10

Grand Rapids, MI - In an art scene populated with seagull dotted beaches and familiar red lighthouses, West Michigan oftentimes produces beautiful artworks that lack an edge. A local man is set to rock that boat this fall. Artist Jeremy Strickland’s upcoming installation at Harmony Hall for ArtPrize 2018, titled “Color Your Own Shiny Red Nothing,” is an interactive exhibit where observers are invited to collaborate with the artist by coloring the displayed artworks with provided crayons, markers, and colored pencils. “Color Your Own Shiny Red Nothing” will run for the duration of ArtPrize. This year, the event celebrates its 10th anniversary and runs from September 19 until October 7, 2018.

Strickland is a multi-faceted artist from the greater Cincinnati area who now lives in Holland, MI. In his work, he explores existential philosophy and human relationships with technology and nature with dark absurdist humor, creating bizarre and awe-inspiring worlds. At the Harmony Hall exhibit, observer/collaborators will be treated to the strange sight of a tortoise with a city growing out of its back, a doomed underwater funeral, a family photo at the site of a fossilized giant’s skull and much more.

“This is more than just your normal gaze-past exhibit,” says George Quizena of Be Conscious Studios, who partners with Strickland to create canvas prints and t-shirts. “It’s one where viewers can use their own imagination by interacting with the art itself. It’s a great adventure for the whole family.”

According to the event’s website, “ArtPrize is an open, independently organized international art competition which takes place for 19 days each fall in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  More than five hundred thousand dollars in prizes are awarded each year, which include a $200,000 prize awarded entirely by public vote and another $200,000 prize awarded by a jury of art experts.”

Harmony Hall
Harmony Hall, located at 401 Stocking Ave NW in Grand Rapids, is the passion project of three local siblings, a brewery and restaurant located in an old sausage factory that also once housed a popular Mexican restaurant. There are thirty beers on tap and a full menu which includes unique, mouth-watering pizzas.


For more information, please contact Jeremy Strickland by phone at (616) 368-2024 or by email at More information is also available at,, and