Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
"In the Doghouse - Lucky Dog" by Ritch Branstrom
It is now year 4 in Grand Rapids' art extravaganza, ArtPrize, "a radically open, independently organized international art competition with an unprecedented $200,000 top prize decided entirely by public vote."
Every year, ArtPrize distributes $560,000 in total cash prizes—$360,000 awarded by public vote and $200,000 awarded by jury—making the competition the world’s largest ArtPrize.
I attended this year and had a wonderful time.
It opened with a grand party for all participants (1200+) on September 18 and will end on October 4. There are events every day and thousands of people wander throughout Grand Rapids and talk about "art." It is lots of fun and eye opening, with a lot of so-so art and some knock out pieces also.
Even the telephone poles were covered with art, aka "yarn bombing."
As I walked through and around the museums, streets, cafes and riverbanks I kept looking for the piece of art that I thought would be worth a $200,000 prize.
There were many artists from our "art fair world": Jerry Berta, Kathleen Kalinowski, Clifton Henri, Albert Young, Fritz Olsen, Jennifer O'Meara, Bruce Niemi, Mark Chatterly, Jeff Condon, Todd and Kiaralinda Ramquist, Sara Youngman -- and many I am sure I missed.
Everyone can vote for the prizewinners and I did vote but had no clear choice, so I think maybe I missed something. Easy to do with over 200 venues and all this art. You have to be near the art in the city in order for your smartphone to register the votes, not just anyone can go online and make a choice, thereby limiting random craziness.
"Conversation" - 5 Six foot tall dogs by ceramicist Mark Chatterly - who you might meet at an art fair near you.
"Sky Song" by Fritz Olsen, kinetic sculpture. Fritz is a second generation art fair artist
"American Graffiti" by Jennifer O'Meara
I used to see Jennifer at art fairs, not sure if she is still attending them
If you ever have a chance to visit, it is worth the trip. Downtown Grand Rapids is beautiful, full of wonderful architecture, cool restaurants, great food, more restaurants, classy museums... more bars, etc. Here is the link to learn more: ArtPrize.org
See the Top 100 in the voting so far: http://www.artprize.org/entries/?promoted=live-100&page=1-3&...
The event was started by Rick DeVos, whose grandfather started Amway and is still supported by DeVos Family Foundation.
I'd love to be there this evening for a seminar on the topic of "Can Art Save Cities?" I LOVE this event!
Has anyone else attended or entered their work?