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Local Company Has Unique ArtPrize Involvement Beyond Sponsorship

Four Baudville teammates compete in world’s largest art prize

August 31, 2010

Grand Rapids, MI – Art has always been an important part of the culture at Baudville, a leading provider in day-to-day recognition and award solutions for the workplace. This fall, Baudville’s dedication to art is extending beyond its four walls and into the city of Grand Rapids.

Baudville is proud to be a 2010 sponsor of ArtPrize, a community-wide art competition taking place September 22-October 10 in downtown Grand Rapids. One of many local companies eager to support ArtPrize, Baudville donated products from its IDville brand, which provides identification solutions for employees, students, and staff.

IDville custom lanyards and ID badge materials will be used to identify over 3,000 ArtPrize staff, artists and volunteers. ArtPrize staff believe the identification will make the event more meaningful to all participants.

“Direct interaction between artists and the audience is one of the joys of ArtPrize,” said Kevin Buist, ArtPrize Artist Relations. “With the artists wearing easily identifiable badges, it'll happen even more this year.”

“There will be hundreds of people at each of the events that I manage, so having our volunteers, staff, and interns clearly marked with their ID badges and custom lanyards will help our guests identify those individuals who can best enhance and better the event experience, “ said Noddea Skidmore, ArtPrize Event Producer.

Baudville’s involvement with ArtPrize is unique as four of its employees are exhibiting in the competition. The employees are all teammates in Baudville’s product design and marketing department.

“The opportunity to be involved with ArtPrize is one we couldn’t pass up.” said Baudville President and CEO, Brad Darooge. “Unique and innovative design is at the heart of our company and so many successful enterprises here in West Michigan. ArtPrize cultivates the creative spirit of our community and we are thrilled to help identify all the people who make that possible.”

Baudville will be recognized as an ArtPrize Day Sponsor on Tuesday, September 28.

About ArtPrize
ArtPrize® is an international competition with no jury or curator. The public votes on the top 10 pieces and eventually the overall winner. The event will take place September 22 to October 10 in Grand Rapids, with $449,000 in prizes, and $250,000 for first place.

About Baudville
Baudville, the place for daily recognition, continues to be the leading innovator in day-to-day recognition solutions. Baudville’s day-to-day recognition solutions appeal to today’s increasingly diverse workforce with contemporary designs and relevant messaging, motivating and engaging workplaces world-wide. Baudville has been declared one of the best companies to work for in its area and strives to create the ultimate work experience for its employees.

Baudville Artists
Four Baudville employees are participating in ArtPrize 2010. The individual artists and their venues are:
 April Gober, Designer, The B.O.B.
 Laura Hoag, Creative Manager, 25 Kitchen + Bar
 Dean Hunt, Designer, The B.O.B.
 James Jursinic, Designer, Grand Rapids Civic Theatre

Images and company logos can be obtained by emailing pr@baudville.com or by phone at (616) 698-0889.

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