First-time ArtPrize artist makes waves at Ford Presidential Museum

Posted at 12:22 PM, Sep 24, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-25 10:55:01-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — As a first-time artist, Ken Mioduch has high remarks for a festival that just last year he was a spectator of.

“It’s got to be the greatest economic development concept ever, you bring people from all over the world to create art and display it is amazing.” Ken Mioduch, first time ArtPrize artist

Artist Ken Mioduch has been studying and creating art for most of his life. When he visited ArtPrize he knew he wanted to be a part of the annual festival.

It was the calm waters of the reflecting pool at the Gerald R Ford Presidential Museum where he found his inspiration for his work: Rounding the Mark.

“It was a slam dunk, it was the only venue in town where I saw water and could float the boats in the reflecting pool here.” says Mioduch

As a Michigan native, Ken immediately thought about making something that would appeal to the thousands of visitors that come through the Ford Museum every day.

The piece took almost a year to complete and literally tons of stone.

“What we’ve got on display here started at twenty four hundred and fifty one tons of stone and ended up at about four hundred and fifty ton of stone so I lost a whole ton of stone.”

What is left is an elegant reminder of summers in West Michigan and a must see at this years ArtPrize.