Ten Finalists Move to Second Round in World’s Largest Art Competition

Following an unprecedented 11 days public voting, ArtPrize, the radically open international art competition and social experiment, presented the list of ten finalists who have garnered the most public votes during Round One voting. The Top 10 installations now move to the second round of voting.

Voters were asked to choose their favorite installation from 1,517 artists from 46 countries and 41 U.S. states and territories, and vote by using the artprize.org website, text messaging or mobile apps. More than 41,000 voters contributed nearly 400,000 votes for participating artists in ArtPrize 2012. 

Finalists include (in alphabetical order):

Sandra Bryant Return to Eden Lynden, Wa. Public Museum of Grand Rapids
Mark Carpenter and Dan Johnson Lights in the Night Grand Rapids, Mich. The B.O.B.
Dennis Harris The Chase Marlette, Mich. Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
Dan Heffron Life in Wood Traverse City, Mich. The B.O.B.
Frits Hoendervanger Rebirth of Spring Detroit, Mich. Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
Adonna Khare Elephants Burbank, Ca. Grand Rapids Art Museum
Chris LaPorte City Band Grand Rapids, Mich. Grand Rapids Art Museum
Richard Morse Stick-to-it-ive-ness: Unwavering
pertinacity; perseverance
Fennville, Mich. Grand River
Martijn van Wagtendonk Song of Lift Colbert, Ga. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts
Kumi Yamashita Origami New York, N.Y. Grand Rapids Art Museum

Immediately following the presentation of the Top 10, Round Two voting began at 2:00 p.m. EDT. As in previous years, the ArtPrize voting process shifts. Rather than having unlimited votes, participants are limited to one vote for one of the ten finalists.

Round Two voting will close at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012. For more information, including a complete list of artists and their corresponding venues or the jury panel, visit www.artprize.org.

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 artprize.org, 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 350,000 active participants. Since its inception, individuals of all backgrounds have cast more than 1.2 million votes for public art.

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Brian Burch

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