GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., June 20, 2013 – ArtPrize, the radically open, international art competition in Grand Rapids, Mich., today announced its final list of artists for the fifth annual event, with 1,524 entries representing 47 countries and 45 states at 169 venues. Artists will compete for a combination of public votes and juried prizes to secure part of the world’s largest art prize, totaling $560,000. ArtPrize 2013 will take placeSept. 18-Oct. 6.

Event organizers today closed Connections period, the time when more than 2,100 artists and 186 venues independently connected with each other using ArtPrize’s online portal. Best equated to an online dating website, artists and venues choose each other to create what TIME Magazine listed as one of “Five Festive Events You Won’t Want to Miss in 2013.”

“ArtPrize is unique to any other art competition in the world, in that curatorial decisions, finalists and winners are ultimately generated by a self-sustained ecosystem,” said Christian Gaines, executive director of ArtPrize. “This open framework allows for the event’s epic scale, challenging use of space and dramatic surprises, we are excited to see these works realized this fall.”

Seven percent of ArtPrize artists are representing other countries, with Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom leading the contingent of international artists. More than 31 percent of artists are coming from outside of Michigan, with Illinois, New York, Indiana and California leading the group of entries coming from within the United States. Hundreds more will come from Florida, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin among other states.

“As someone coming into this with new eyes, I am personally thrilled by the response from the artist community and its willingness to take risks,” added Gaines.

Each year the public engages in two rounds of voting to distribute $360,000 - more than half of the world’s largest art prize. First place receives $200,000, second $75,000, third $50,000, and fourth through tenth each receive $5,000. Since its inception, the public has cast more than 1.7 million votes. Participants can vote using either the ArtPrize app or artprize.org.

In addition, a panel of professional jurors will distribute $200,000 in prize money to artists at their discretion. Five category jurors will distribute $20,000 each to recognize entries in two-dimensional work, three-dimensional work, time/performance, use of urban space and an outstanding venue. The final $100,000 will be given as a Grand Juried Prize by a panel of three arts professionals.

The fifth edition of ArtPrize is expected to attract more than 400,000 active participants who will vote, discuss and debate today’s contemporary art scene. Since its inception, individuals of all backgrounds have cast more than 1.7 million votes for public art.

The fifth annual ArtPrize event will take place Sept. 18-Oct. 6, 2013. A complete list of participating artists and venues can all be viewed atwww.artprize.org/entries.

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 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.

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