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ArtPrize - $250,000 awards for arts - coming soon!

What are you doing this weekend? Do you live in the Midwest and have a few hours? The very coolest art event of the year appears in Grand Rapids, MI, September 21-October 9, ArtPrize. Designed as a very different art competition, the goal is for the general public and artists to collide, exchange ideas and come away changed. An international group of artists compete for amazing prices, people come from all over to view the art and vote for the prizewinners. This is year 3 -- please take my word for it. Downtown Grand Rapids explodes with very cool art and lots of folks turn out to enjoy it. Consider being there. More info:

Usually a few adventurous people from the art fair business apply to compete. Who is going to be there this year? Any of you. Amazingly, someone from the art fair business took away the $250,000 prize last year. Here's more info:

Artist John Leben is participating. He has installed "Fukushima", a digital painting, at the Courtyard Marriott: here is John's story:

I'll be there on Sunday. Will you? Let me know so I can vote for you or we can meetup. 

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Comment by John Leben on September 21, 2011 at 9:44am
I'm sure there are a lot of us art fair artists who are competing at ArtPrize. Who else? And, Connie is right on... the event is a mind-blower! It's a fun and stimulating way to spend a day or two.
Comment by Keith July on September 21, 2011 at 10:38am

I am not competing but I will make the trip again this year. There's enough inspiration at ArtPrize to last a whole year. Surprises around every corner and ...don't forget to vote for your favorite.


Comment by Connie Mettler on September 21, 2011 at 3:51pm

And I forgot to say YOU get to vote for the winner! Yes, this is a people's choice exhibition. You must go to Grand Rapids to register but then you can vote online.

So cool that you are participating again this year, John. I'll see you there on Sunday.

Comment by John Leben on September 21, 2011 at 4:21pm
Thanks, Connie... But I won't be there on Sunday. I'll be in Peoria at the art fair. When I booked the art fair I wasn't thinking about the conflict with ArtPrize. I guess ArtPrize will have to get along without me for the week-end.
Comment by Connie Mettler on September 21, 2011 at 10:16pm
Are you coming this year, Lorie?


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