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INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION OFFERS WORLD’S LARGEST ARTPRIZE And now from Grand Rapids, MI, the DeVos family invites you to apply for the largest art prize ever: “Our family sees ArtPrize as a new and innovative way to engage and support the arts for the future,” said Betsy DeVos. The Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation is underwriting ArtPrize. “Dick and I share our son’s vision for encouraging everyone to explore the arts in a truly democratic way.” A radically open art competition, giving away the world's largest art prize. Part arts festival, part social experiment - this international art contest is decided solely on a public vote. Call for entries ends July 31, 2009. Art festival begins Sept. 23, 2009. Open to any artist in the world who can find space. Open to anybody in the city who wants to create a venue. Open to a vote from anyone who attends. We admit... it's an experiment. A fun experiment. Come and see. The DeVos' (founders of Amway) have been fine benefactors of the arts in Grand Rapids for a long time. This challenge should be a great boost to the west Michigan economy. Could you be the winner? My personal vision is of gathering lots of great artists filling all the gallery spaces throughout the downtown and a weekend full of strolling people having a great time, energized by the urbanity and the fine work in front of them. Can you see yourself there? Here's where you can get the rest of the information: www.artprize.org

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Comment by Connie Mettler on October 3, 2010 at 9:28pm
Sara, I thought it was more or less more serious this year -- not as much outrageous performance art, which really made it a lot of fun, especially at the BOB. I enjoyed the experience then of encountering outrageous things around every corner. (Seems I missed the stuff made from foam). One of my choices is in the Top Ten (the red strings). But It was very exciting to be on the third floor of the Public Museum on Sunday afternoon and see all of those people, pretty crowded, looking at the art, talking about it and talking to the artists. Imagine this, in a museum! I doubled my hours there this year and next year am definitely going to stay for two nights. It is a thrilling event -- we almost forgot to eat.
Comment by Connie Mettler on October 4, 2010 at 5:03pm
I hadn't realized that pig was foam. Thank goodness! I couldn't imagine how they got that huge structure up there. LOL.

I voted for two also - the red strings and the acrylic sheets with the light in them in the GRAM. I voted for 2D things also -- so easy for them to get missed in the other images. Did you see the b & w photos of Detroit on the veranda at the DeVos? really powerful

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