Public to Use Social Tech to Vote ‘Best Art’ Prize Money – Half Million Dollars

April 23, 2009

“American Idol” meets “Survivor” in Art Contest Open to the World

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., April 23 /PRNewswire/ — It’s the largest ever prize for an art competition. It’s pop culture with money and the drama of “Survivor.” It’s “American Idol” taken to the streets; anyone can create, everyone can experience, and all votes count. It’s called ArtPrize, a 16-day event that’s being hailed from Washington to London as an exciting moment in art history.

ArtPrize invites artists of all kinds from all over the world, using all mediums, to participate in an unprecedented competition that will award nearly one-half million dollars to prize winners, including $250,000 to the artist who receives the most public votes. ArtPrize, will run from Sept. 23 through Oct. 10, in Grand Rapids, Mich. ArtPrize will have no formal jury, curator or judge. The public will register to vote and decide who wins the prizes, using mobile devices and the web.

“It’s time to reboot the conversation between artists and the public. ArtPrize will be a celebration of art, design, and innovation that will bring artists and the public together like never before,” said ArtPrize creator Rick DeVos. The prize money has been underwritten by the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation.

ArtPrize art works and performances, professional and amateur, will be exhibited at hundreds of venues, all within a three-square mile area in Grand Rapids’ downtown riverfront district.

“It is increasingly important to find new ways to engage people, especially young people, in the arts,” said Michael Kaiser, president of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. “ArtPrize is a dynamic and creative way to use technology to engage people of all ages.”

ArtPrize is expected to draw thousands of entries, and art enthusiasts from across the globe are expected to attend.

“This is a bit of an art revolution,” said Jeff Speck, former director of design for the National Endowment for the Arts and author of Suburban Nation. “It will be exciting to see a city use its downtown area as an art gallery to share with the world.”

Grand Rapids is internationally recognized as home of Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, which showcases one of the world’s foremost collections of modern and contemporary sculptures.

For more information about ArtPrize, go to artprize.org.

    Michael Zalewski


Source: newswire

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