Friday, September 24, 2010

Michigan's ArtPrize 2010

September 22 - October 10 2010

After a wildly successful debut in 2009, ArtPrize returns to downtown Grand Rapids. Designed as a very different art competition, the goal is for the general public and artists to collide. Art is the focus of the competition, but the main event is community. ArtPrize turns the city of Grand Rapids into an art gallery for two weeks. Galleries, office lobbies, restaurants, courtyards, parks are just some examples of an ArtPrize venue. Artists take over the city, visitors explore and new relationships form.

The art competition is open to anyone in the world. This year, 1,713 artists will display their work at 192 venues, all located within a three-mile radius of downtown.

It's a 19-day open art competition where the public votes on which piece of art they like best. The winner takes home $250,000. Voting is open to the public and is completely free to anyone 16 years old or older. You must be a registered voter to vote at voter registration sites located around the city.

There are two rounds of voting; during week 1 (September 22-29) each voter can vote up or down for any artist, and can only vote once for each entry. Results will be available online in real time until voting ends at 11:59 p.m. on September 29. The top 10 finalists will be announced September 30. Week 2 voting (September 30-October 6) for the top 10 begins immediately after the finalists are announced. During this round, you only get one vote, but can change your vote as often as you like until 11:59 p.m. on October 6. The top winner will be announced at a gala event on October 7th.

To insure a fair chance for all art to be viewed, all venues will be open (at minimum) during these hours:

Monday-Thursday 5PM-8PM
Friday & Saturday Noon-10PM
Sunday Noon-6PM

North - Leonard Street
South - Wealthy Street
East - College Avenue
West - Straight/Alpine Avenue

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