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Anishinaabe sculptor Jason Quigno represents contemporary Native American culture at ArtPrize


GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan – Anishinaabe artist Jason Quigno installed his 7,000-pound sculpture outside the LV Eberhard Center at Grand Valley State University on Thursday as an entry in the biennial Artprize competition in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Art Award is an open and independent international art competition that takes place over 18 days in Grand Rapids. ArtPrize is a biannual event that started in 2009 and attracts artists from all over the world. ArtPrize organizers say this year, works by more than 800 artists from 30 countries are on display in 150 venues.

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Quigno, an accomplished sculptor who has won awards for his work at the Santa Fe Indian Art Market, owns an art studio in Grand Rapids.

“I had entries each of the first two years of ArtPrize, and then I was too busy to enter a piece for a few years,” Quigno told Native News Online.

This year, Quigno entered “Infinity Cube” in the contest. The dimensions of the granite sculpture are 88 “x78” x78 “and rest on a Quigno temporary base built for ArtPrize, which will eventually be placed on a pyramid base to complement the slope of the cube.

“I started this carving years ago with a 10,000 pound block of granite that I bought from a dealer in Canada and started carving,” Quigno said. “I started cutting spiral circles and kept going.”

Qiugno’s sculpture is a contemporary representation of Native American art. He says the piece represents how we are all connected, inside and out.

As a sculptor, Quigno works with different stones – granite, basalt, marble, limestone and alabaster.

Quiigno, a tribal citizen of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian tribe, who has been carving stone since the age of 14, is a longtime resident of Michigan and is a direct descendant of Chief Cobmoosa, also known as the Great Walker, one of the most recognized leaders of the 19th century in Grand River Ottawa.

The sculpture will be on display until October 4, 2021 in downtown Grand Rapids.

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