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ArtPrize 2013 colors Grand Rapids

September 17, 2013
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ArtPrize 2013 colors Grand Rapids
Artist Adonna Khare adds to her piece “Elephants,” the winner of ArtPrize 2012. Photo via

Art will take center stage in downtown Grand Rapids — with the start of ArtPrize 2013 on Wednesday.

The radically open, independently organized international art competition with $560,000 in total cash prizes will run for 19 days, ending on Oct. 6.

During that time, the public will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite entries.

This is ArtPrize’s fifth year, and the competition is showing no signs of slowing down.

When it debuted in 2009, 159 venues participated, displaying entries by 1,262 artists from 41 states and 14 countries.

This year, 169 venues are participating and 1,524 entries will be on display, with a total of 1,815 artists participating.

Along with the artwork, ArtPrize presents activities throughout the 19 days to help engage the community.

A full list of ArtPrize events is online.

The prize money

Artists are competing in two prize categories: the Public Vote Awards and the Juried Awards.

Public Vote Awards

1st Place: $200,000

2nd Place: $75,000

3rd Place: $50,000

4th–10th Place: $5,000 each

Juried Awards

Grand Prize: $100,000

2-D: $20,000

3-D: $20,000

Time Based: $20,000

Urban Space: $20,000

Venue: $20,000

The competition added several Juried Awards last year.

The Juried Awards will continue this year with three visiting jurors: Manon Slome, co-founder and chief curator of No Longer Empty, an organization that reaches new audiences for contemporary art through site-specific exhibitions in non-traditional spaces in New York City; Anne Pasternak, president and artistic director of Creative Time, an organization that stages ambitious public art projects in New York City and around the world and Mel Chin, a conceptual artist and activist who has been producing work since the 1970s.

How to vote

Registration for voting began over the weekend and will continue throughout ArtPrize.

To register, voters must first create an account at

Then, they need to check in at the ArtPrize HUB, at 41 Sheldon Blvd. SE, or any voting site. Voters can also use the new ArtPrize mobile app to check in on the go.

Once registered and checked in, voters can then use the artist entry code to vote for as many of the entries as they want, using the mobile app, texting or going online to vote.

Where's the art?

Art can be found at venues throughout the ArtPrize District, which encompasses three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids.

The exact locations of ArtPrize venues are online or pick up a copy of the Event Guide and Map at the ArtPrize HUB or any of the Exhibition Centers for a complete listing of venues.

Five venues are participating this year as Exhibition Centers: Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Kendall College of Art and Design and Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.

There are also four showcase venues: Grand Rapids Public Museum, Cathedral Square, St. Cecelia Music Center and Women’s City Club.

Venue hours

Exhibition Centers & Showcase Venues

Monday–Saturday: Noon–8 p.m.

Sunday: Noon-6 p.m.

All other venues

Monday–Thursday: 5– 8 p.m.

Friday & Saturday: Noon–8 p.m.

Sunday: Noon–6 p.m.

Many venues will be open additional hours. Each venue’s hours are listed at the venue’s ArtPrize profile online.

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