Excitement is building. Openings for the venues are being announced. Facebook announcements are the buzz. Installations are being created on site. The HUB opens on Saturday. The artists take a collective sigh, breathe deeply and some days think-again? Of days standing on their feet, greeting hundreds, if not thousands of people, looking at art.
Ten Reasons I Love Artprize
- People who would not ordinarily view art venture outside their comfort zone and enjoy the experience. And come to the event multiple times. New people see art for the first time. There are 1551 entries in 162 venues.
- As an artist, I participate in this event with 1740 artists. It’s the world’s largest art competition.
- Meeting new friends and seeing old friends. It’s a great time to catch up with my own tribe.
- Grand Rapids swells to capacity and people get to visit our wonderful city. People talk about art for 3 solid weeks. Beginning September 23rd.
- There is always controversy, discussion and growth among the local and global art scene regarding this event. Over 720,000 $ is awarded in grants and awards.
- The newspaper is full of art of 3 weeks. You read about it, talk about it and see art.
- The dedication of thousands of volunteers and paid employees coming together to make this a great event is inspiring. People working hard for art.
- ARTPRIZE 7 is a free event and accessible to all. It is described as :
ArtPrize is a radically open international art competition decided by public vote and expert jury that takes place each fall in Grand Rapids
For 19 days, art entries from all over the world cover three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan—and it’s all free and open to the public.
- The public votes. The jurors vote. Separately. So, again, lots of time and energy to debate the publics votes versus the jurors votes. 720, 000 $ of prize money and grants awarded this year.
- This is the artists ‘ time to be seen. I just read a statistic that over 400,000 people view a venue’s online profile. Last year the venue that I have been invited to participate in, the Women’s City Club had an attendance of 27,400 people.I am so excited and honored to be a part of art history in the making. And I got excited just by writing this. Now how can I get out of that jury duty I have starting September 21st….? Shucks but I will see art no matter what! And interact with people viewing my piece, Time Fragments#6.