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Updated ArtPrize mobile apps and website integrations will shift the way that visitors discover art and experience the sixth annual event.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. September 4, 2014 - ArtPrize, the radically open, international art competition, mints the next generation of art lover in part by deploying a proprietary suite of audience involvement tools, featuring an elegant voting module as its centerpiece. ArtPrize is a leader in the intersection of art and technology, drawing the attention and curiosity of arts organizations around the world. ArtPrize founder Rick DeVos says, “At ArtPrize, technology is a catalyst for the physical experience.” The sixth annual event will be no exception.

“Since its inception in 2009, ArtPrize has evolved into an increasingly inclusive, welcoming, and accessible event. The ArtPrize audience and its appetite for art have grown tremendously, and technology has played a vital role in that growth,” noted Christian Gaines, ArtPrize executive director. “This latest iteration of both the ArtPrize mobile apps and website with their new features and functionality is a huge step towards ensuring that our visitors are completely dialed-in to everything ArtPrize has to offer.”

The biggest advancement in both the ArtPrize website and mobile apps will help visitors to discover art by answering the questions of where to go, what to see, and how to begin their ArtPrize experience. The newly launched Listing feature allows anyone with an account at artprize.org to browse the 1,536 Artist Entries competing in ArtPrize 2014, and create unlimited Lists of the art they most want to see. Visitors will be able to create whatever kind of List they want—from "My favorite 3D works" to "Art I want Mom to see". Each List can be renamed and annotated with a 140 character description, made public or private, and shared with the world through social media, e-mail, and text message.

List creation begins on the redesigned Find Art page at artprize.org. Visitors can scroll through a cascading list of all 1,536 ArtPrize 2014 Entries, viewing the full image of each piece. Viewers simply click the Save button below any given Entry in this list or on the Entry profile page, and either select an existing List, create a new one, or be prompted to create an artprize.org account to proceed.

“The centerpiece of our technology development for 2014, the listing feature integrates into every piece of our technology platform,” commented Jonathan Hunsberger, ArtPrize director of technology. “Our goal was to enable our users to organize and share information with each other quickly and easily, ultimately answering the questions ‘What should I go see?’ and ‘How do I get there?’ Perhaps one of the best developments in lists this year was the ability to generate walking directions from any list you want.”

With full Listing feature integration into the ArtPrize mobile apps, visitors can manage their Lists on the go, where they can be easily converted into a route with the most efficient walking directions to see all of the Entries included on any given List. This Routing feature will provide visitors with the opportunity to explore the event more comprehensively, venture off the beaten path, and create their own ArtPrize experience.

ArtPrize will also offer up Featured Lists, created by ArtPrize 2014 Jurors and local art experts, and from public vote data—all available and searchable on artprize.org and routable with the ArtPrize mobile app—offering visitors the opportunity to see what is trending and what Entries the art experts are excited to see. The Listing feature is currently live on artprize.org, and will fully integrate into the 2014 ArtPrize mobile app when it is released for Apple and Android devices on September 22.

In addition to the Listing and Routing features, the 2014 ArtPrize mobile apps will keep visitors up to date with the latest ArtPrize news and events, providing users with real-time useful information with a range of tools to record and plan their visit. Event Guide and ArtPrize blog integration will allow app users to scroll through daily news and events, see what is happening around downtown Grand Rapids, and start their ArtPrize visit equipped with information on the ArtPrize experience, how to participate in the public vote, and more. The mobile apps will be continuously updated throughout the 19-day event.

Visitors will once again be able register for a voter account and cast their votes directly through the ArtPrize mobile apps, skipping the lines at Voting Sites. The mobile apps will allow visitors to search for Entries and vote for their favorites with the touch of a button. Two additional voting options, via text message and at artprize.org, will also be available.

Also new for 2014, ArtPrize updated its interactive map at artprize.org with mobile app integration. The redesigned map, powered by Experience Grand Rapids and hosted on a dedicated webpage, will allow ArtPrize visitors to explore more of the city—from cultural attractions and ArtPrize Venues to the best restaurants and brewpubs in the region. The map will also include content from the ArtPrize Event Calendar, showing visitors what events are happening near them at any given time.

As ArtPrize grows, technology has become increasingly integral to the success of the event. Deloitte has been a valued consultant throughout the development of the 2014 ArtPrize technology suite, allowing organizers to effectively connect with hundreds of thousands of visitors and to deliver extensive programming in the most convenient and concise ways possible.

ArtPrize 2014 will take place from September 24 to October 12, when three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan will become an open playing field where everyone can join the conversation about art, and where the public decides the winners circle.


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 $260,000, while an additional $300,000 in juried awards are decided by a group of international art experts. ArtPrize 2014 will include 1,536 entries representing 51 countries and 42 U.S. states and territories. ArtPrize 2013 attracted 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 is made possible in part through the generous support of many organizations. Corporate Premier Leadership sponsors include Amway, Founders Brewing Company, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Meijer, PNC Bank and The Rapid. Leadership sponsors include Consumers Energy, CWD Real Estate Investment, Deloitte, Haworth, The Iserv Company, Steelcase Inc., and Wolverine Worldwide.

Leading Foundation Supporters include The Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation, The Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation, The Douglas and Maria DeVos Foundation, The Frey Foundation, Grand Rapids Community Foundation, and The VanderWeide Family Foundation.

MLive Media Group is the Official Provider of the 2014 ArtPrize Event Guide. WOOD TV8 is the Official Broadcast Media Partner of ArtPrize.

The Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation is the Founding Sponsor of ArtPrize.

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