GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., August 29, 2013 – ArtPrize, the world’s largest art competition, and based in Grand Rapids, Mich., today announced it will bring together participating artists and other arts professionals in a new program called ArtPrize :: LINK SESSIONS. The networking platform is designed to provide connectivity, professional advice and new opportunities to ArtPrize artists through one-on-one sessions with working professionals.

More than 30 contemporary art and design professionals will volunteer more than 50 hours and 150 sessions to consult and advise during the course of four days. Each individual session will last 20 minutes. Artists can use their session for portfolio review, conceptual presentation and feedback, or informational interviews. They are intended to catalyze professional advancement opportunities for participating artists.

"ArtPrize is a place where artists are celebrated for their work and recognized for their creative courage. This freedom and acceptance of artists results in the event’s vast audience,” said Christian Gaines, executive director of ArtPrize. “Concurrently, ArtPrize should be fertile ground where artists can engage peers, professionals, curators and collectors in a hive of opportunity and potential.”

ArtPrize :: LINK SESSIONS are intended to bring greater professional and creative development opportunities as part of what ArtPrize offers to artists. Participating professionals include: Dr. David Rosen, president, Kendall College of Art and Design, Joseph Becherer, chief curator and VP for Collections and Exhibitions at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Chris LaPorte, artist and 2010 ArtPrize winner, and John Berry, executive director of Design West Michigan, among others.

“With the new LINK SESSIONS program, ArtPrize deepens and enriches its creative environment   and cultural influence by creating a forum complementary to the exhibition venues that connects sincere working artists with fine art and design professionals, independent curators, writers, and art historians,” added Ben Mitchell, an independent curator who splits his time between Grand Rapids and the Pacific Northwest. “The LINK SESSIONS are a terrific, fresh idea with enormous possibility.”

LINK SESSIONS are open only to 2013 ArtPrize Artists. Artists will apply to meet with the art and   design professional of their choice by indicating their area of interest and writing a brief proposal describing how they intend to use the 20-minute session. The ArtPrize exhibitions team will review applications and successful applications will fill the sessions on   a first come first serve basis.

All LINK SESSIONS will be hosted at Haworth | Interphase @ MoDiv, at the corner of Monroe Center and Division. A full schedule and details of all participating arts professionals is available at artprize.org/artists.

About ArtPrize
ArtPrize, a 501c3 non-profit corporation, 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 2013 will include 1,524 entries representing 47 countries and 45 U.S. states and territories, and is expected to attract more than 400,000 active participants. Since its inception, individuals of all backgrounds have cast more than 1.7 million votes for public art.

ArtPrize 2013 is presented by the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. Premier Leadership sponsors include Amway, Founders Brewing Company, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Meijer, PNC Bank, the Rapid and the DeVos Family Foundations. Leadership sponsors include Consumers Energy, Frey Foundation, Haworth, The Iserv Company, Steelcase Inc., Subaru, Trivalent Group | HP and Wolverine Worldwide. Premier Benefactor sponsors include Adtegrity, Deloitte, Delta Air Lines, Downtown   Grand Rapids Inc., Edward Jones, FOX Motors Group, City of Grand Rapids Parking Services, Grand Valley State University, The Gilmore Collection, Heineken, Herman Miller, ITC, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Mighty in the Midwest, National Endowment for the Arts, the Edgar & Elsa Prince Foundation, Scott Christopher Homes,  Spectrum Health, Square One Design, St. Julian Winery, Terryberry, WGVU Public Media and Worksighted.

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