ArtPrize Returns to Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park with Virginia Lee Montgomery’s ‘Sword in the Sphinx’

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is honored to once again play host to ArtPrize after last year’s cancellation prompted by the pandemic. ArtPrize returns with a new focus on outdoor work, both downtown and at satellite venues including Meijer Gardens.

ArtPrize runs Thursday, September 16, through Sunday, October 3, 2021. Virginia Lee Montgomery: Sword in the Sphinx will remain on display through Sunday, October 31, 2021.

The Virginia Lee Montgomery (VLM) sculpture included in the ArtPrize competition, Sword in the Sphinx, is a surreal adaptation of a French 18th-century statue often found in gardens.

Guests will see additional sculptures by VLM located in the Courtyard Level of the new Welcome Center, as well as two short videos shown in the O-A-K Orientation Theater. The additional sculptures, Marble Ponytails, are named after ancient deities, including Aurora, Andromeda and Medusa.

“We are excited to be participating in ArtPrize again. Thanks to a Project Grant from ArtPrize, we were able to invite a fantastic artist to activate our new Welcome Center. VLM is a brilliant creative mind who works across different media, including sculpture and film,” said Jochen Wierich, Assistant Curator and Researcher.

“VLM’s Sword in the Sphinx is a contemporary interpretation of an ancient figure that blends with our gardens and sculpture collection in stimulating ways and will be a big draw for ArtPrize visitors.”

Meijer Gardens is an official ArtPrize venue as part of the 11th annual ArtPrize competition. ArtPrize exhibition areas will be free and open to the public during regular Meijer Gardens business hours. All other areas will observe regular hours and standard admission fees.