ArtPrize isn’t your typical art competition. Radically open, equally enormous and wildly experimental, every autumn the event attracts more than 400,000 people to Grand Rapids, Mich. who vote on contemporary art. It’s messy, it’s dirty. It’s 400,000 people talking about art.
Jerry Saltz, one of the 2012 Juried Grand Prize juror said of ArtPrize, “It is pretty damn impressive… An amazing inversion of the top-down pedigreed model we use. It takes all kinds.”
To open things up even further, ArtPrize blends their epic public vote with juried prizes to explore the tension that exists between popular and professional opinion. The 2013 panel of jurors consists of eight people who represent the voice of the professional art world and who will be the counterbalance to the public vote. Together, this panel will distribute the $200,000: five totaling $20,000 and one Juried Grand Prize totaling $100,000.
ArtPrize’s open call for artists is happening right now. Register online at www.artprize.org.