ArtPrize has officially kicked off in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The event attracts more than 500,000 visitors and thousands of artists each year.

From September 20 through October 8, Grand Rapids, Michigan, is bursting at its seams with artists, collectors, connoisseurs, and more as the 9th Annual ArtPrize takes place. The festival is an open, independently organized international art competition with more than $500,000 in prizes awarded each year, including a $200,000 prize awarded entirely by public vote and another $200,000 awarded by a jury of art experts.

According to the event webpage, “Any artist working in any medium from anywhere in the world can participate. Art is exhibited throughout downtown Grand Rapids — museums, bars, public parks, restaurants, theaters, hotels, bridges, laundromats, auto body shops, vacant storefronts and office spaces. Artists and venues register for the competition then find each other through an online connections process in late spring. No one at ArtPrize selects a single artist or artwork, directs an artist where to show work or directs a venue what to show. In 2016, 1,453 works created by artists from 40 states and 44 countries were exhibited in 170 venues.”

To learn more, visit ArtPrize.

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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