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ArtPrize re-touches competition

March 6, 2014
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ArtPrize 2013 names 17 winners
“Sleeping Bear Dune Lakeshore,” a four panel landscape quilt by Ann Loveless of Frankfort, is the public-vote winner of ArtPrize 2013. Photo via

ArtPrize re-structured the world’s largest art competition Thursday morning.

New setup

The Juried Grand Prize will increase to $200,000 to match the amount for the prize selected by public vote.

The competition is also doubling the number of finalists from a Top 10 to a Final 20 in the competition's second round of voting.

Also new this year, artists will submit work in one of four categories: 2-D, 3-D, time based or installation.

Eight $20,000 category awards will be given out — including four decided by public vote and four decided by an expert jury. In total, $560,000 will be awarded.

As in previous years, an artist could win both a public vote and a juried prize.

"The public will be able to peer over at what the jury is doing," said Christian Gaines, executive director of ArtPrize. "Likewise, the jury will be able to peer over at what the public is voting on."


The sixth-annual event runs Sept. 24 to Oct. 12 in Grand Rapids.

ArtPrize has helped put Grand Rapids on the international art map, thanks in part to public voting done online and through mobile apps, as well as ArtPrize's system where artists and venues independently connect with each other using ArtPrize's website.

The event had record public participation last year, with more than 49,000 voters placing more than 446,000 votes.

There were more than 1,500 pieces of art on display, by 1,805 artists from 47 countries.

ArtPrize 2013 also brought more than $22 million into the local economy.

This year, artists have from April 21 to June 5 to register.

Details on venues and other events will be announced later.

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