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'Red Dirt Rug Monument' by Rena Detrixhe at Western Michigan University - Grand Rapids was selected by both the public and jury to move on to Round 2.

Following the first round of voting, ArtPrize visitors have selected the twenty finalists, five entries from each category, that will join the Category Jurors’ picks with the chance of taking home $500,000 in cash prizes.

GRAND RAPIDS (Michigan) October 1, 2017 — ArtPrize, the international art competition recognized as the world’s largest annual public art event, today revealed the visiting public’s top picks for the ninth annual event at the Public Vote Final 20 Announcement presented by Consumers Energy. These twenty artist entries, selected over the past 11 days of the Public Vote presented by Meijer, will move on to Round 2 alongside the Category Jurors’ twenty picks, announced last week. These forty artist entries continue with the chance of winning $500,000 in prizes, including two $200,000 Grand Prizes and $100,000 in Category Awards.

Hundreds of visitors filled Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids this afternoon for the announcement, as Kristian Grant, ArtPrize Donor Development Manager, and Kevin Buist, ArtPrize Exhibitions Director, revealed the public’s top picks.

“The public vote has been central to ArtPrize since the event’s inception, inviting visitors from around the world to discover hundreds of artist entries across our city and voice their opinions,” noted Christian Gaines, ArtPrize Executive Director. “These twenty finalists selected by visitors, combined with the Category Jurors’ twenty picks, will highlight the distinction between popular and professional opinions, drawing attention to this connection and tension by asking both to consider the other’s picks.”

Round 1 Voting closed last night at 11:59 p.m., with 35,318 visitors casting 327,814 votes for their favorite art. Visitors elevated five artist entries from each category — 2-D, 3-D, Installation, and Time-Based. These 20 ArtPrize Nine entries will move on to the second round of voting, with the chance of winning over $200,000 in cash prizes. Round 1 Voting results were verified by KPMG, the Official Auditor of the Public Vote.

“Year over year, ArtPrize goers respond to the event with a level of enthusiasm and involvement that’s truly amazing to witness,” said Kevin Buist, ArtPrize Exhibitions Director. “Combining the public vote and juried picks into one pool of finalists we hope will ultimately challenge each other to look more deeply at the range of entries spread across the event, and to consider each others’ perspectives when selecting their winners.”

In no particular order, the ArtPrize Nine Public Vote Final 20 are as follows:


The Two-Dimensional Public Vote Award is presented by Foremost Insurance.

  • Crowns of Courage by Amanda Gilbert, David Burgess and Steven Stone at DeVos Place Convention Center (Grand Rapids, MI)
  • Team Spirit by Anni Crouter at Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum (Flint, MI)
  • Life, Death and Transformation by Frits Hoendervanger at The B.O.B. (Detroit, MI)
  • 9/11 by Mher Khachatryan at Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum (Fort Lee, NJ)
  • A. Lincoln by Richard Schlatter at Amway Grand Plaza (Battle Creek, MI)


The Three-Dimensional Public Vote Award is presented by Edward Jones.


The Installation Public Vote Award is presented by Amway.


The Time-Based Public Vote Award is presented by DTE Energy Foundation.

  • Red Dirt Rug Monument by Rena Detrixhe at Western Michigan University - Grand Rapids (Tulsa, OK)
  • broke(n)hunger by Kyd Kane at Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) (Wyoming, MI)
  • Object-Orientalis by Eva Rocha at The Fed Galleries @ KCAD, Kendall College of Art and Design (San Paulo, Brazil)
  • Monsters Go by Aaron Zenz at Grand Rapids Children's Museum (Spring Lake, MI)
  • Midtown Flutter by Yuge Zhou at Grand Rapids Art Museum (Chicago, IL)

This year marks the fifth anniversary for SmartArt — the art competition which blends art with sustainability and environmental stewardship. Consumers Energy teamed up with  Grand Rapids Public schools and ArtPrize to once again give high school students the opportunity to create art with a renewable energy theme. Students competed for a $1,000 college scholarship, for the opportunity to have their artwork on display at the JW Marriott during ArtPrize Nine, and more. At today’s Final 20 Announcement event, Consumers Energy revealed the 2017 student art competition’s top winner, ‘What Makes the World Go ‘Round’ by Katelyn Sheneman.

ArtPrize visitors will once again have the opportunity to voice their opinions and decide the winners of over $200,000 in prizes. Round 2 Voting will begin at 2 p.m. EDT today, October 1 and will run through October 5 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Visitors can cast up to forty votes, one per finalist and ArtPrize encourages visitors to consider voting for at least one entry in each category. The winners of both the public and juried awards totaling $500,000 will be announced at the Ninth Annual ArtPrize Awards Ceremony, presented by the DTE Energy Foundation, on October 6.

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