Grand Rapids, Mich. – March 14, 2011 – Today, venue registration for ArtPrize 2011 opened. ArtPrize officials announced a dedicated  Exhibition Center for music and performance. Music and performance have played a small role in the competition, which gives away the world’s largest art prize and had over 250,000 visitors last year, but organizers dedicated St. Cecilia’s Music Center—boasting a 650 seat auditorium—as a focal point for the 2011 event.

“I often say ArtPrize is the world’s largest excuse to get creative, and it’s been explosive its first two years,” says Rick DeVos, ArtPrize founder. “Going into year three, we continue to be intentional about making it open to a broad spectrum of creativity. We invite other performance venues to be ArtPrize venues and really experiment with how music and live shows can play a bigger role.”

General rules stay the same. Any space within the three-mile ArtPrize district can register on the website to become a venue. Artists and venues “connect” through the website to organize their exhibitions (ArtPrize organizers do not select any artists for the event). Exhibition Centers, which serve as large venues and launchpads into each neighborhood, are not-for-profit institutions and include the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Diocese of Grand Rapids’ Cathedral Square, the Women’s City Club, the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Valley State University, St. Cecilia’s Music Center, as well as Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

Also, a twist on how visitors track the competition, ArtPrize organizers announced that no longer will the website display the top 25 vote getters during the first week of the competition. Instead, the top 25 artists in each of the five neighborhoods will be on display.

“With so many artists showing in such a short time frame, we’ll continue to experiment with how to get more people talking about more art earlier in the competition,” says Bill Holsinger-Robinson, Executive Director for ArtPrize.
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park  is the only venue located outside the district. As Grand Rapids’ only internationally acclaimed cultural institution which is not located within the boundary, it is the only exception to the ArtPrize boundary rule.
Each Exhibition Center is a sponsored space and curated by a regional cultural institution. Each ones shows a minimum of 25 artists. The ArtPrize shuttle stops at all Exhibition Centers. Additional shuttle stops are determined after venue registration ends.

Exhibition Centers are free to the public during ArtPrize, Sept. 21 through Oct. 9.

Exhibition Center Hours:
Monday – Thursday, Noon – 8:00PM
Friday – Saturday, Noon – 10:00PM
Sunday, Noon – 6:00PM

Key Event Dates:
Venue Registration
Open: Monday, March 14, 2011
Close: Thursday April 14 (5:00PM EDT)

Artist Registration
Open: Monday, April 18
Close: Thursday, June 16 (5:00PM EDT)

Artist/Venue Matching
Open: Tuesday, May 31
Close: Thursday, June 30 (5:00PM EDT)

ArtPrize 2011 Event
Open: Wednesday, Sept 21
Close: Sunday, Oct 9 (6:00PM EDT)

Key dates for submitting work to go within the Grand River:
Pre-application filed with the City: Mon. March 28, 2011
Application filed with the DNR: Fri. April 8
Public Notice Period Begins: Fri. April 22
Public Notice Period Ends: Fri. May 13
Public Hearing, if requested: Fri. June 10
Required Time for Comments: Mon. June 20
Permit Decision: Wed. June 29

To find out more about ArtPrize or how to sign up to become a venue for the ArtPrize 2011 competition, visit

About ArtPrize
ArtPrize is a radically open competition which has no formal jury, curator or judge, and asks the public to vote and decide the winners using mobile devices and the internet. In ArtPrize 2010, more than 1,713 artists from 44 states and 21 countries participated in the unprecedented competition that awarded nearly $500,000 to the prize winners. More than 460,000 votes were cast during the 19-day event. For more information about ArtPrize visit

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