After dumping him for a purported rules violation last Friday, Art Loop Open has reinstated artist Bernard Williams as a finalist in its ongoing popular-vote art contest. But they don't say how they'll make up for votes lost to him in the four days he was off the ballot. That's four lost voting days out of a total of only seven for the final round, with each voter limited to a single choice. At this point, ALO and the Chicago Artists Coalition, which runs it, might be praying for a Williams win, but even that won't make this mess entirely right. Here's the statement they issued today:
(October 26, 2010) The Chicago Loop Alliance and Chicago Artists’ Coalition
created Art Loop Open with the intention of showcasing Chicago’s artistic
community. We continue to be proud of this competition which is engaging an
audience of thousands and providing invaluable exposure for artists.
However, in its inaugural year, we admit there have been some
misunderstandings concerning our voting procedures. One artist in particular,
Bernard Williams, was announced as being among the Top Ten finalists before
being removed from competition due to issues that arose concerning third-party
While third-party promotion is not in keeping with the spirit — nor the intent — of
the Art Loop Open competition, we have concluded that such activity may not
have been discouraged clearly enough in the guidelines provided to each artist.
For these reasons, we have decided to reinstate Mr. Williams’ work, “Buffalo
Chart,” into the Art Loop Open competition. Mr. Williams will now join the
previously announced ten other finalists.
The second and final round of public voting continues through Thursday, October
28, at 8p.m., and the winners of the public vote, and additional awards, will be
announced on Friday evening, October 29.
Know that we have learned a great deal in this first year that will no doubt assist
us in creating an even stronger Art Loop Open competition in the future.