Beginning today, artists can sign up for the next six weeks to be part of ArtPrize.
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – ArtPrize artist registration for 2013 opens today, the second round of preparations for the fifth annual contest.
ArtPrize 2013 has 186 possible places to show art and 560,000 reasons why you want to be a part of the exhibition created by social media pioneer Rick DeVos.
Namely, $560,000 in prize money.
Six weeks of artist registration opens at 12 noon today.
But before artist registration ends June 6, 2013, Connections period to match people with places begins Monday, April 29, the third round in the run-up to the ArtPrize 2013, which returns Sept. 18-Oct. 6 this fall.
Venue registration for ArtPrize 2013 ended April 12 with 154 offices, restaurants, banks and public parks, all within a 3-square mile area of downtown Grand Rapids plus Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.
But over the past 10 days, another 32 venues – most of them new to ArtPrize – have appeared on ArtPrize’s website, following completion of site inspections.
The days ahead will determine whether all 186 venues are part of the exhibition that Time magazine said earlier this year is a don’t-miss event.
ArtPrize 2012 featured 161 places showing 1,517 works of art by individual artists or teams from 46 countries and 41 U.S. states, a slightly smaller exhibition than ArtPrize 2011, which saw 164 places with 1,582 entries.
Time will tell whether ArtPrize 2013 contracts further or whether it tops last year’s size.
In all, $560,000 in cash prizes will be awarded in October.
A total of $360,000 will be awarded by popular vote to the Top 10 favorites of registered voters, casting ballots to pick the winner of the top $200,000 first prize, $75,000 second prize, and $50,000 third prize. Identical cash prizes for fourth through 10th place will be $5,000.
Another $200,000 will be awarded in ArtPrize Juried Awards including the top $100,000 Juried Grand Prize, sponsored by Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, chosen by a panel of three jurors yet to be announced.
An additional five juried prizes, each worth $20,000, will be awarded in specific genres by jurors specializing in those fields.
Check out ArtPrize’s website for more information.