GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., April 12, 2018—The Board of Directors of ArtPrize, the independently organized art competition recognized as the world’s largest annual public art event, today announced it has named Jori Bennett as its new executive director. Bennett had been serving as ArtPrize’s interim executive director since January 2018.

As a seasoned leader, Bennett brings nearly two decades of experience in creative team leadership, strategic engagement, fundraising and program management for major brands. During the past three years, Bennett’s work at ArtPrize has forged strong relationships in the corporate and donor communities, and created dynamic, experiential activations.

“Jori is a proven leader with the vision needed to continue to build the great organization that has been the foundation of ArtPrize’s first decade. Most importantly, she has the skillset to develop ArtPrize into an arts organization with national influence and effectiveness,” said Rick DeVos, founder and chairman of ArtPrize. “She is a skilled collaborator with deep experience in building and leading teams, creating positive partnerships within the community, and leveraging her creative background to move important initiatives forward to create an exciting future.”

As business development director, Bennett has been instrumental in building new, long-term sponsorships with regional and national corporations and organizations representing nearly 60 percent of ArtPrize’s revenue during 2017. Her creative vision and relationship-based approach to business development has resulted in significant multi-year commitments and a growing sponsorship and donor base. She has also led important initiatives and programs to drive the organization’s mission while raising overall ArtPrize support to the highest levels to date.

“ArtPrize is now a leading international art event and it is growing in importance and impact every year, as a result of the innumerable connections and collaborations that happen each year between artists, venues, volunteers, community organizations, businesses, donors and the City of Grand Rapids, added Bennett. “The focus of ArtPrize during its next decade is to build upon the catalyst we’ve created in West Michigan, and deliver our creative style and approach to the broader art world and national stage, through more conversations about art and why it matters more than ever.”

Prior to joining ArtPrize, Bennett was head of Creative for GO! Experience Design in Los Angeles, Calif. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic and Industrial Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

ArtPrize 10 will take place in downtown Grand Rapids, Mich. from September 19-October 7, 2018. Artist registration for the tenth annual event opens on April 16 and will run through June 7. The competition is open to any person above the age of 18. For more information, visit www.artprize.org.

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