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Korean artist wins $25K to bring work to ArtPrize 2020

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Korean artist Shim Seau wins $25,000 at ArtPrize Gangnam Showcase. (WWMT/Courtesy of Jaenell Woods, ArtPrize)

Korean artist Seaum Shim was the first artist to confirm participation in ArtPrize 2020.

Event organizers said he will be competing for the $200,000 grant prize awarded by a public vote at the Grand Rapids art festival.

Shim was one of over a hundred artists to show their work at the ArtPrize Gangnam Roadshow in September and October 2019, where he was selected as the winner of a $25,000 grant.

Shim's ArtPrize display plans to expand on an ongoing work titled Collection.

"The installation taps into the human desire to capture and catalogue the natural world by creating small abstract sculptures based on recordings of the sounds produced by endangered animals. The 3D-printed objects are encased in resin and glass jars, and displayed in a way that references biological artifacts in a natural history museum," event organizer said in a release.

ArtPrize 2020 will take place in Grand Rapids from September 16 to October 4. Venue registration will be open from March 2 to April 2, and artist registration from April 13 to June 4.