ArtPrize

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Last Friday, Pakistani-American artist Anila Quayyum Agha won both the popular and juried vote at ArtPrize for her installation “Intersections.” It was the first time in the history of the Grand Rapids-based competition that an artist reaped top honors in both categories.

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After years of jokes about Jesus paintings and quilts seducing the art crowds flocking to the Grand Rapids-based ArtPrize art competition, this year the juried and popular votes have synched up to reveal one big winner.

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Now Is ArtPrize's Chance to Prove It Deserves an Art World Spotlight

Last night, artist Steve Lambert announced that he will not be keeping the money if he wins an ArtPrize award. ArtPrize is the large art festival that gives away over half a million dollars through a balanced formula of art professional and public voting (each group gives away roughly $300,000).

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ArtPrize 2014 Artist Registration Now Open

by Sponsor on April 28, 2014

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For 19 days each fall, ArtPrize occupies three square-miles of public and private venues across downtown Grand Rapids, MI, transforming the city into the most intriguing art event of the year.

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Articles

ArtPrize and its Discontents

by Alicia Eler on October 7, 2013

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CHICAGO — At surface value, ArtPrize is all giant flowers, mythical dragons, yarn-bombed trees, and cash galore. Begun in 2009, the annual event attracts thousands of visitors from Michigan and elsewhere, a strange combination of populism and art world elitism wrapped into one — but it is not an idealistic “coming together” of the two populations.

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Yarn Bombing ArtPrize

by Alicia Eler on October 3, 2013

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GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — At this year’s ArtPrize, Grand Rapids-based Collective Wings organized the Division Fibers Yarn Bomb project on Division Street, one of the most trafficked areas of the city.

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Galleries

SITE:Lab Raises the Bar for ArtPrize

by Alicia Eler on October 2, 2013

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GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — In a smaller city like Grand Rapids, where the cost of living is far lower than American art centers like New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, there can be more curatorial opportunities — if one plays their cards right.

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At ArtPrize, What the F is “Art”?

by Alicia Eler on October 2, 2013

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GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — Grand Rapids is a two hour drive due west of the state’s bankruptcy carnival that is Detroit, the hometown of President Gerald R. Ford, and the first city in the U.S. to add fluoride to its drinking water. It is an easy-to-visit city located on the banks of the Grand River whose early citizens were primarily of Dutch and German origin. Today, Grand Rapids is home to the annual ArtPrize, a sprawling, enormous art competition that covers the downtown and surrounding areas of the city.

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News

ArtPrize Jurors Announce 2013 Short Lists

by Hrag Vartanian on September 23, 2013

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Today, the 2013 ArtPrize jury prize short lists have been announced in the following five categories: Two-Dimensional Art, Three-Dimensional Art, Time and Performance Art, Use of Urban Space, and Outstanding Venue.

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ArtPrize isn’t your typical art competition. As enormous as it is radically open and wildly experimental, the annual fall event attracts more than 400,000 people to Grand Rapids, Michigan to vote on contemporary art. It’s messy, it’s dirty, it’s nearly half a million people talking about art.

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