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ArtPrize 2011 Registration Dates Announced


Grand Rapids, Mich. - Feb. 11, 2011 - Officials of ArtPrize, a radically open art competition giving away the world's largest art prize, announced 2011 registration dates for venues and artists, and special dates for submitting art to go within the Grand River.

There was much discussion about ArtPrize on this site last fall - in fact the winner of the $250,000 grand prize is a man who participates in art fairs. Could this be your chance? Start thinking now!

ArtPrize 2011 will run from Sept. 21 through Oct. 9.

Venue Registration
Open: Monday, March 14, 2011
Close: Thursday April 14 (5 p.m. EDT)

Artist Registration
Open: Monday, April 18
Close: Thursday, June 16 (5 p.m. EDT)

Artist/Venue Matching
Open: Tuesday, May 31
Close: Thursday, June 30 (5 p.m. EDT)

Artists will know all possible venues available by the time artist registration opens. Most artists that did not secure a venue in 2010 signed up at the last minute, after many venues had secured their artists. Organizers advise artists to register early.

Any art proposed for installation within the Grand River, which runs through the heart of the ArtPrize District, must be submitted to the City of Grand Rapids and Department of Natural Resources and Environment. This process has separate deadlines and requirements.

Pre-application filed with the City
Monday, March 28, 2011

Application filed with the DNRE
Friday, April 8

(The DNRE will process the application using the following steps)
Public Notice Period Begins: Fri. April 22
Public Notice Period Ends: Fri. May 13
Public Hearing, if requested: Fri. June 10
Required Time for Comments: Mon. June 20
Permit Decision
Wednesday, June 29

    "This two-step process allows the City to review proposed work to ensure that there is artistic quality and structural integrity to the proposed installations," said José Reyna Fiscal Services Manager for the City of Grand Rapids. "The Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DNR) application will review the proposed installations in the context of environmental, structural, and navigability impact to the river."

As in 2010, ArtPrize will partner with institutions like the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts and others to form large neighborhood destinations where visitors can launch into surrounding venues. These Exhibition Centers will be professionally managed and bring a minimum of 25 installations to one site and serve as a launchpad into the surrounding neighborhood. Each will offer voter registration, an ArtPrize gift shop, and the ArtPrize shuttle stops. Exact locations of the Exhibition Centers are still being determined.

In ArtPrize 2010, Chris LaPorte of Grand Rapids, MI captured the top prize of $250,000 for his work Cavalry, American Officers, 1921. In ArtPrize 2009, Ran Ortner of Brooklyn, N.Y. captured the top prize of $250,000 for his work Open Water No. 24.
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About ArtPrize
ArtPrize is a radically open competition which has no formal jury, curator or judge, and asks the public to vote and decide the winners using mobile devices and the Web. In ArtPrize 2010, more than 1,700 artists from all over the world participated in the unprecedented competition that awarded nearly $500,000 to the prize winners. More than 465,000 votes were cast during the 19-day event. For more information about ArtPrize visit
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