The ArtPrize event is a 19-day international art competition, open to any artist and decided by public vote, promoting critical dialogue and collaboration throughout the year.
For nearly three weeks, three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan become an open playing field. Art from around the world pops up in every inch of downtown, and it's all free and open to the pubic. It is so epic that Time Magazine called ArtPrize one of "Five Festive Events You Won't Want to Miss in 2013."
The top prize, which is decided by public vote, is $200,000. Additionally, a panel of international arts professionals decides a $100,000 Grand Juried Prize. All prizes combined total $560,000, creating the world's largest art competition.
Unorthodox, highly disruptive and undeniably intriguing to the art world and public alike, Artprize is:
- Open Call for Artists and Venues : Anyone over the age of 18 can be an artist and any space within the ArtPrize district can be a venue. Anyone can participate.
- Independently Organized : The entire ArtPrize exhibition is independently organized by venues and artists who connect through artprize.org.
- Public Vote and Juried Awards: Spectators vote to decide who takes home the top prize, while experts award additional prizes by jury. Every voice counts.
An estimated 400,000 visitors participated in ArtPrize 2012 many of whom had their first experience engaging with art.
|September 18||Venues Open / 12Noon Round 1 Begins|
|September 28||Round 1 Ends|
|September 29||1PM Top Ten Announced / 2PM Round 2 Opens|
|October 3||11PM Round 2 Closes|
|October 4||8PM Winners Announced at ArtPrize Awards|