The sculptures are set, the paint dry (we hope).
From September 21-October 9 the heart of Grand Rapids will be filled with the creations of 1,582 artists from 43 states and 39 countries at 164 sites indoors and out.
Their works are massive and minute, traditional and wild, dimensional and, for the first time, musical.
All are in competition for the world’s largest cash awards in ArtPrize 2011, the third annual event in the West Michigan city that event founder Rick DeVos calls a “new social experiment” to involve everyone in art.
In this “radically open competition” any artist can enter, as long as they find a qualified host site among those locations that have volunteered to show a piece or more.
And anyone who attends the event—expectations are the number will top last year’s attendance of 400,000—can vote for the winners of the top prize of $250,000.
A total of $484,000 will be awarded to the 10 “people’s choice” winners and 5 juried awards. In addition there are two special recognition awards with non-cash prizes.
ArtPrize is backed by the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. They’re Rick’s parents and half of the partnership behind the Amway corporation, a beauty and home care product company founded and headquartered in West Michigan.
ArtPrize venues will be open (at a minimum):
Monday-Thursday – 6 p.m.-10 p.m.
Friday-Saturday – Noon-10 p.m.
Sunday – Noon-6 p.m.
Voters must register to participate. You can register online or at one of the exhibition centers in Grand Rapids, and you must activate your voting status in person at ArtPrize (valid ID required).
It’s best to get oriented at The Hub (41 Sheldon Blvd.) or one of the 8 exhibition centers listed on the website, where you can register to vote and get maps and tips on viewing the art. Check in advance on the website for parking and shuttle info. With an expected half-million in attendance you’ll need all the help you can get.
Let the voting begin!
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