West Prize is looking for a few good artists

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It’s time to apply for the West Prize, now going for its second round, with a grand prize of $25,000 cash plus $100,000 of purchase money distributed among the 10 finalists, who came from across the U.S. and abroad, with the Philadelphia collaborators, brothers Steven and Billy Blaise Dufala, taking home the big one.

The Dufala brothers won last year's West Collection grand prize. Here's their 2007, Ice Cream Truck Tank, mixed media, 8’ x 6’ x 13’, on display at the West Collection's home, SEI Corporation in Oaks.
The Dufala brothers won last year’s West Collection grand prize. Here’s their 2007, Ice Cream Truck Tank, mixed media, 8’ x 6’ x 13’, on display at the West Collection’s home, SEI Corporation in Oaks.

The purchases go to the West Collection, whose curator, Paige West, is not afraid of surfing the edge.

Nathan Vincent, one of last year's finalists. This is his piece Cigars, 2005, mixed media, 15” x 32” x 14”
Nathan Vincent, one of last year’s finalists. This is his piece Cigars, 2005, mixed media, 15” x 32” x 14”

Last year, we went up to see what got purchased, and here are a few of the things we saw:

Thomas Doyle, another finalist, Null Cipher, 2006, mixed media, 14” x 13 3/4” x 13 3/4”
Thomas Doyle, another finalist, Null Cipher, 2006, mixed media, 14” x 13 3/4” x 13 3/4”
Deborah Hamon, American Girl, 2007, c-print, 28 1/2” x 28 1/2” (ed. 1 of 5)
Deborah Hamon, American Girl, 2007, c-print, 28 1/2” x 28 1/2” (ed. 1 of 5)
Brian Cooper, 2008, The Romance of Space and Time, oil on canvas, 48” x 36”
Brian Cooper, 2008, The Romance of Space and Time, oil on canvas, 48” x 36”

Entry is free, and applications are online only at www.westcollection.org. The deadline is Nov. 1, 2009.

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