ArtPrize bans stunt artist for lifetime
The ArtPrize 2014, the ongoing annual international art contest in Grand Rapids, has confirmed that a stunt artist has been permanently banned from the event for breaking public safety rules in past years.
Gurmej Singh, who is known as Artist SinGh, has been banned for unfurling a three-mile long painting in the ArtPrize 2013 event without obtaining organizers' permission and installing an effigy of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in a cage the 2012 edition of the widely-popular event.
However, exhibition director Kevin Buist said that it was not an easy decision for them to permanently ban Gurmej Singh from the event.
Confirming the action, Buist said, "We did prevent him from entering in this and future years. It's the last thing we want to do. It's something we never want to do again."
Mr. Singh, who has installed one hundred drawings as "Project Holy Cow" on the windows of downtown businesses for this year's contest, said he was very disappointed at the event organizers' decision.
He added that he installed his drawings the windows of downtown businesses at various locations of the city to show his art to the general public.
Started on Sept. 24, the ArtPrize 2014 has attracted more than 1,500 entries from 42 states and territories of the United States and 51 other countries. The event is scheduled to run through October 10, 2014.
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