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The partnership marks the formation of the ArtPrize Grand Prize Jury assembled by ART21, awarding the $200,000 ArtPrize 2014 Juried Grand Prize

June 13, 2014 (Grand Rapids, MI) — ArtPrize today announced a new partnership with ART21, the preeminent nonprofit global leader in art education and award-winning film producer, for the 2014 edition of the radically open, international art competition. The partnership between two of the most active non-profit organizations working to enhance public engagement, education, and participation with contemporary art brings the world preview of the seventh season of ART21’s Peabody Award-winning PBS series Art in the Twenty-First Century, as well as the inaugural ART21 Young Filmmakers Award and the ART21 Exclusive short film series to ArtPrize 2014. The sixth annual edition of ArtPrize will take place September 24th – October 12th, 2014 in Grand Rapids, MI.

The 2014 partnership marks the formation of the ArtPrize Grand Jury assembled by ART21. Susan Sollins, Founder and Executive Director of ART21, will assume the esteemed duty of adjudicating for the ArtPrize 2014 Juried Grand Prize, alongside Leonardo Drew and Katharina Grosse, two artists featured in ART21’s upcoming seventh season of Art in the Twenty-First Century. The $200,000 ArtPrize 2014 Juried Grand Prize, presented by Kendall College of Art and Design, is the highest critically awarded distinction at ArtPrize and for the first time in the event’s history, is equal to the $200,000 Public Vote Grand Prize the event has come to be known for. The ArtPrize 2014 Juried Grand Prize will be awarded on October 10th to one of 20 artists nominated by four Category Jurors who will each be nominating five artists in their respective categories. The four categories are: 2-D, 3-D, Time-Based, and Installation.

In addition, ArtPrize will serve as the host-site for the world preview of the seventh season of the Peabody Award-winning PBS series, Art in the Twenty-First Century. The world preview screening will take place on October 2nd as part of ArtPrize’s panel discussion series, Critical Discourse, a public programming component that will serve to enhance audience engagement and education.

To further contextualize the work on display at ArtPrize 2014, attendees can also expect additional programming from ART21, including a curated selection of programs from the ART21 Exclusive series of short films as well as a selection of artist profiles from seasons 1 – 6 of Art in the Twenty-First Century. Screenings will take place in ART21’s two screening lounges, located at the ArtPrize Hub and ArtPrize ArtClub.  

ART21 joins ArtPrize’s mission and efforts to reach the Grand Rapids public through two initiatives that will serve the local community. The inaugural ART21 Young Filmmakers Award invites local high school student filmmakers to create and submit short films, inspired by ArtPrize, about contemporary art. Entries will be judged by ART21 producers and board members, and the top three finalists will have their work featured on art21.org and shown during the October 10th award ceremony. Additionally, The ART21 Michael C. Sandler Educators Program, in cooperation with Grand Rapids Art Museum and local PBS affiliate WGVU Public Media, will provide two free exclusive weekend educational workshops based on the latest Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 7 teaching guides. Details of the event will be posted on ART21 and ArtPrize’s websites later this summer.


ART21 is a nonprofit global leader in art education, producing preeminent films on today’s leading visual artists and education programs that inspire creativity worldwide. Acclaimed for its Peabody Award-winning PBS broadcast series, ART21 Art in the Twenty-First Century, ART21 uses the power of digital media to engage millions of people of all ages with contemporary art, artists, and their creative processes.


ArtPrize is an international art competition, open to any artist and decided by public vote and expert jury. 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 www.artprize.org and agree to present the artwork for public display during the 19 day event. ArtPrize 2013 included 1,524 entries representing 47 countries and 45 U.S. states and territories, and attracted more than 400,000 active participants. Since its inception, individuals of all backgrounds have cast more than 2 million votes for public art.

ArtPrize is made possible only through the generous support of organizations that play a crucial role in creating the international event. The Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation is the Founding Sponsor of ArtPrize. Premier Leadership Sponsors include Amway, The Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation, Founders Brewing Company, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Meijer, PNC Bank and The Rapid. Consumers Energy, The Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation, The Douglas and Maria DeVos Foundation, Frey Foundation, Haworth, The Iserv Company, Steelcase Inc., Subaru, Trivalent Group | HP, The VanderWeide Family Foundation and Wolverine Worldwide participate as ArtPrize 2013's Leadership Sponsors.

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