ArtPrize, the radically open, international art competition in Grand Rapids, Mich., publically launched its lists of the top 25, 50 and 100 installations currently trending in the 2012 competition. In addition, each of the five ArtPrize category jurors revealed his or her short list of five installations.

The two lists of 25 art installations and curated venues are expected to bring additional tension between professional and populist opinions, which have come to inhabit the ArtPrize conversation. All lists (Top 25 and each Top 5 short lists) are currently available on the “Find Art” page at

As in previous years, the top 25 is a random list of the top vote-getters at a specific moment in time. The list is dynamic and will change depending on the number of votes an installation is earning. As of this announcement, 24,000 people have contributed 150,000 votes since voting opened at Noon on Sept. 19, an average of 1,280 votes every hour.

The juried short lists are static lists, which represent the opinion of the category juror. During the past three days, five jurors have poured through 1,517 installations to identify five contenders for a $20,000 prize in categories that include: Two-Dimensional Art, Three-Dimensional Art, Time and Performance Art, Use of Urban Space, and Outstanding Venue.

“ArtPrize exists to engage the community, but also challenge us. We expect these lists of installations and venues to accelerate the creative exchange of ideas and critical debate,” said Kevin Buist, director of exhibitions at ArtPrize. “Each juror is given the privilege of setting their own criteria for their category, and many will challenge us in how they have imagined and interpreted the category itself.”

ArtPrize is the world’s largest art competition. It features public and professional juries, which award $560,000 in prizes. In 2012, 1,517 installations from 46 countries and 41 U.S. states and territories are competing for one of 16 prizes, ranging from $5,000 to $200,000.

ArtPrize updated its awards structure in 2012, to bring the influence of arts professionals in greater parity to public opinion. Each category juror will award $20,000 to a single artist (or in the case of the Venue award, a curator).

Short list finalists by category include (in alphabetical order):

JUROR: Tyler Green, host, Modern Art Notes; columnist, Modern Painters magazine

Robert Coombs Disabilities and Sexuality Grand Rapids, Mich. Fountain Street Church
Connor Foy East View 1 New York, N.Y. Pub 43
Alois Kronschlaeger Habitat New York, N.Y. SiTE:LAB
Lora Robertson Identity Process: Kings Queens Grand Rapids, Mich. Fountain Street Church
Gudmundur Thoroddsen Father's Fathers Reykjavik, Iceland SiTE:LAB


JUROR: Lisa Frieman, chair, contemporary department, Indianapolis Museum of Art.

ABCD 83 More or Less Chicago, Ill. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts
Alois Kronschlaeger Habitat New York, N.Y. SiTE:LAB
Ann Morton Collective Cover Project Phoenix, Ariz. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts
Mike Simi Mr. Weekend Seattle, Wa. Kendall College of Art & Design
Martijn van Wagtendonk Song of Lift Colbert, Ga. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts


JUROR: Cathy Edwards, director of Performance Programs, International Festival of Arts & Ideas

Complex Movements Three Phases Detroit, Mich. SiTE:LAB
Hillerbrand and Magsamen Whole Houston, Texas Kendall College of Art & Design
Robert Howsare Drawing Apparatus Athens, Ohio Grand Rapids Art Museum
Gary Schwartz Public Museum Detroit, Mich. SiTE:LAB
Mike Simi Mr. Weekend Seattle, Wa. Kendall College of Art & Design


JUROR: Susan Szenasy, editor-in-chief, Metropolis magazine

Katharine Renee Gaudy installation Buffalo, N.Y. Ottawa-Fulton Parking Ramp
Laura Isaac 10,000 Hours La Grande Vitesse Misson, Kan. Calder Plaza
Richard Morse Stick-to-it-ive-ness: Unwavering
pertinacity; perseverance
Fennville, Mich. Grand River
Dale Rogers Flight Haverhill, Mass. Ah-Nab-Awen Park
Chip VanderWier Bell on Wheels Muskegon, Mich. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

JUROR: Tom Eccles, Director, the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College

Calvin College – 106 Gallery 106 S. Division Ave. Heartside
[Fashion Has Heart] 144 E. Fulton St. Heartside
Fountain Street Church 24 Fountain Street NE Hillside
SiTE:LAB @ 54 Jefferson 54 Jefferson Ave. SE Heartside
Take Hold Church 222 S. Division Ave. Heartside


In the first eleven days of competition, participants may vote via text message, mobile app or at for as many artists as they choose. At the end of the first round, the top ten vote-getters will become ArtPrize finalists. During the final five days, the second round of voting focuses on these ten finalists, with each voter getting only one vote—the artist who they believe should win the top prize of $200,000. The remaining $160,000 is distributed to the final nine vote-getters.

For more information, including a complete list of artists and their corresponding venues or the jury panel, visit

About ArtPrize
The ArtPrize event is a radically open, international art competition and social experiment. It invites artists to try out new ideas on a large and diverse population of people. It seeks to broaden the critical dialog around contemporary art by awarding the world’s largest art prize, at $560,000. Registered artists and venues match themselves at, and the public votes for the winners using mobile devices and the Web.  ArtPrize 2012 will include 1,517 entries from 46 countries and 41 U.S. states and territories, as well as nearly 400,000 active participants. Since its inception, individuals of all backgrounds have cast more than 1.2 million votes for public art.

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