1,524 artists. 168 venues. 500,000 visitors. 446,850 votes cast.
After 16 days of voting in the world’s largest art competition, the anticipation has built up and the energy is running deep. Today is the day we finally announce which artists will take home a piece of the $560,000 prize!
Up for the $200,000 Public Vote Grand Prize, is our Top Ten, in random order:
- Dancing with Mother Nature by Paul Baliker
- Earth Giant by Benjamin Gazsi
- Finding Beauty in Bad Things: Porcelain Vine by Fraser Smith
- Exotica a Monumental Collection of the Rare beautiful by Jason Gamrath
- Taking Flight by Michael Gard
- Sleeping Bear Dune Lakeshore by Ann Loveless
- Tired Pandas by Nick Jakubiak
- Uplifting by Andy Sacksteder
- Polar Expressed by Anni Crouter
- Myth-or-Logic by Robin Protz
All the public vote and juried prize winners will be announced at the ArtPrize Awards tonight at 8pm. MC'ed by Todd Herring, Director of Communications at ArtPrize, the ArtPrize Awards will be funny, entertaining, and thrilling. The night of epic fun will begin at 7pm and includes musical performances by Lucas Wilson, with an afterparty DJ'ed by Mark Witz. Food trucks will include What The Truck, Righteous Cuisines, Pig Out Take Out, Spoonlickers, and Woking Taco, and Founders’ official ArtPrize beer, the Inspired Artist Black IPA, also available.
One of the most fun parts of the ArtPrize Awards is the complete transformaiton of the entirely unexpected venue for the ArtPrize Awards: City Garages 5/6 at 265 Market SW. Normally in City Garages 5/6, you'll find dump trucks, salt trucks and bulldozers. Join us for the awards tonight and you will not believe what our awesome event folks did to entirely revitalize this space. Here's a sneak peak (and yes, it may or may not include disco balls, police motorcycles, and more):
Tickets are still available online or at The HUB for $15! Hope you can join us!
If you haven't seen them all, today is a great day to check out the Top Ten in preparation for tonight's big announcement. The Westside walking path will take you to each entry, with the exception of Tired Pandas which is displayed just a short jaunt off City Center walking path at The B.O.B.
Make sure to also check out the Juror's Shortlist entries, for each of the top 5 in the category awards. Before you head out though, grab an umbrella as we'll likely have rain this afternoon.By Meredith Fennema on