ArtPrize, the radically open, international art competition in Grand Rapids, Mich., will have 1,517 confirmed entries from 56 countries and 45 states when the fourth annual exhibition opens on September 19, 2012.

Artists from all corners of the world will show their work in 162 venues within three-square miles of downtown Grand Rapids to compete for a combination of public votes and juried prizes and secure part of the world’s largest art prize, totaling $560,000.  A complete list of participating artists and venues can all be viewed at

As many can attest, the greatest achievement of ArtPrize is its ability to attract a diverse population of artists and visitors, bring them together in 19 days, and engage in a critical discussion about contemporary art. And all of this happens without a centralized curatorial influence. Unique to any other art competition in the world, ArtPrize requires artists and venues to self-curate all exhibition spaces, which allows for the event’s epic scale, challenging use of space and dramatic surprises.

To exhibit, artists had to secure space with one of more than 195 ArtPrize venues found within a three-square mile district of downtown Grand Rapids before June 21, 2012. Venues range from city parks to rooftops to museums to restaurants.

Artists from as far away as Syria, New Zealand, Sweden and Panama and dozens of other countries will install their work in Grand Rapids for 19 days. Their ideas will mix and interact with thousands of artists from across the United States. More of the world, more of our country to experience at ArtPrize 2012.

By Brian Burch on