GRAND RAPIDS (Michigan) SEPTEMBER 5, 2017 — ArtPrize, the independently organized art competition recognized as the world’s largest annual public art event, today announced three-year partnerships with leaders in the technology industry—including Atomic Object, Open Systems Technologies (OST), and Trivalent Group. Concurrently, ArtPrize announced the release of its 2017 mobile app, available for download for iOS and Android devices, and the return of free wireless internet across the event district, provided by Iserv. ArtPrize will return to Grand Rapids, Michigan from September 20-October 8, 2017.

“Technology is at the core of what we do at ArtPrize and has been since the beginning, from providing the connections platform for artists and venues to powering the public vote,” said Jeff Wheeler, ArtPrize Director of Technology. “For a non-profit like ArtPrize, partnering with technology leaders in the industry allows us to leverage some remarkable  talents, resources and ideas.”

Over the next three years, the ArtPrize team will deepen relationships with three Grand Rapids-based companies that have been innovative in their approach to mobile app development, IT support, website design and web hosting.

Atomic Object has extensive experience in software development and a history of creating exceptional, innovative software products. Since 2009, nearly 200,000 users have downloaded the ArtPrize app more than 260,000 times, casting 3.2 million votes for art. It is an essential component of the visitor experience, and over the last 3 years the Atomic Object team has ushered in a more stable app platform with a smooth user experience.

Atomic Object Managing Partner and Vice President Shawn Crowley says Atomic Object has been proud to partner with the ArtPrize team since the first competition.

"Together, ArtPrize and Atomic Object have made innovative mobile technology central to the ArtPrize experience," he said. "We're committed to help ArtPrize challenge the traditional boundaries of the art world by harnessing cutting-edge mobile technology to blend physical and digital experiences and make the art, the venues, and the ArtPrize community more accessible."

The latest update to the ArtPrize mobile app, now available for download in the Apple Store and Google Play, continues to lead the way audiences engage contemporary art through the use of technology. Alongside the mainstay Public Vote module, ArtPrize visitors will find continuously updated information on ArtPrize announcements and special events through the Discover View; events and venues near their current location on the Interactive Map; and a full catalogue of each ArtPrize Nine artist, entry and venue through the digital Guidebook. Additionally, signing in and casting votes for artwork is easier than ever before, and simple notifications will ensure visitors have enabled the proper settings to be able to vote from anywhere in the world after visiting the event.

Visitors have the opportunity to cast their votes on the field of ArtPrize entries across two rounds, ultimately deciding the winners of half of the $500,000 in prizes, via the ArtPrize mobile app and online at artprize.org. The results of both Round 1 and Round 2 of the public vote will once again be verified by KPMG, the Official Auditor of the Public Vote.

Since 2009, the ArtPrize website has hosted 13,483 artist entry profiles and 1,526 venue profiles, powering the connections and discovery process that produces the annual exhibition. Open Systems Technologies’ (OST) empathetic approach to technology and focus on human-centered design practices will keep the ArtPrize website’s users in mind—from artists and venues to visitors from around the world.

“ArtPrize is quickly creating a platform of technology and digital assets which are creating significant value to a large and diverse set of stakeholders," stated Michael Lomonaco, Director of Marketing and Communications at OST. “At OST, we see ArtPrize delivering this level of value effectively and at an ambitious scale, and we are grateful for the opportunity to partner alongside the team."

As the Official Technology provider of ArtPrize, Trivalent Group will continue to power the ArtPrize visitor experience by providing state-of-the-art Dell EMC laptops, tablets and printers that will allow ArtPrize volunteers and staff to assist the thousands of visitors with voting, wayfinding and information throughout Grand Rapids. Trivalent’s Managed Services team also provides IT support to the ArtPrize team year-round, allowing the organization to plan and execute an art competition and festival for over 500,000 visitors each year. As a subsidiary host for the Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform, Trivalent will also power ArtPrize hosting services beginning in 2018.

“It’s a source of great pride for our entire team to have supported such an impactful community event since 2009, this year with the help of our partner Dell EMC,” said Trivalent CEO Larry Andrus. “We’re thrilled to officially announce our expanded partnership with ArtPrize whereby Trivalent Group will provide the ArtPrize team with 24x7x365 managed services support and hosting solutions for the next three years and beyond.”

Through this partnership with Trivalent, network security for ArtPrize will be provided by WatchGuard Technologies, a global leader in network security products and services. The company’s mission is to make enterprise-grade security accessible to companies of all types and sizes through simplicity, making WatchGuard the ideal solution for small, midsize, and distributed enterprises.

ArtPrize visitors will once again be able to connect to free wireless internet across the event district thanks to Iserv, saving cellular service and battery life, and allowing them to stay connected to the ArtPrize mobile app and mobile website throughout the duration of their visit.

ArtPrize will return to Grand Rapids, Michigan from September 20 to October 8, 2017, featuring 1,346 artist entries hailing from 41 U.S. states and 47 countries, showing at 175 venues across the three-square mile event district.

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