GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., June 6, 2013 — ArtPrize, the radically open, international art competition, closed Artist Registration at 5:00pm EDT today with numbers exceeding expectations.

While artist registration closed today, the process by which artists and venues match with each other will close on June 20, 2013.

“We are thrilled with the group of registered 2013 ArtPrize artists” said Kevin Buist, Director of Exhibitions.  “Since day one, ArtPrize has sought to lower barriers to participation and promote dialogue among a wide variety of people. In the fifth year of the festival, we see this mission carried out, welcoming artists young and old, amateur and professional, local and international.”

ArtPrize is an open call event that invites the participation of anyone 18+ who is able to secure a venue. This radically open framework gives power to everyone’s opinion, promoting critical dialogue and collaboration.

A truly unique art competition, ArtPrize requires artists and venues to self-curate, with the ArtPrize organization making no curatorial decisions. Artists now have through June 20, 2013, to secure space with one of more than 186 ArtPrize venues found within a three-square mile district of downtown Grand Rapids.

“More than 500 connections between artists and venues have already been made, and this is just the beginning” continued Buist. “In the remainder of the Connection period, we look forward to watching more and more creative collaborations continue to transpire.”

Registered artists and registered venues discover each other and connect on the website. If there is interest in a particular venue or artist, registrants can click the Connect button to initiate a connection.

Venues range from city parks to rooftops to museums to restaurants. A complete list of artists and their corresponding venues are available at www.artprize.org/entries. This list is dynamic, and will continue to grow until the June 20 Connections deadline.

ArtPrize 2013 is open Sept. 18 through Oct. 6, 2013. Artists who successfully connect with a venue will compete for a combination of public vote and juried awards to secure part of the world’s largest art prize, totaling $560,000. For more information, visit www.artprize.org.

About ArtPrize
ArtPrize is an international art competition, open to any artist and decided by public vote. It invites artists to try out new ideas on a large and diverse population of people. It seeks to broaden the critical dialogue around contemporary art by awarding the world’s largest art prize, at $560,000.  Registered Artists and venues connect online at artprize.org and agree to present the artwork for public display during the 19 day event.   The public votes using mobile devices and the web to distribute $360,000, while an additional $200,000 in juried awards are decided by a group of international art experts. ArtPrize 2012 included 1,517 entries from 46 countries and 41 U.S. states and territories, as well as 400,000 active participants. Since its inception, individuals of all backgrounds have cast more than 1.7 million votes for public art.

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