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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - ArtPrize officials have announced this year's registration dates for venues and artists, and special dates for submitting art to be installed in the Grand River.
The "radically open competition" has no formal jury, curator or judge, and asks the public to vote and decide the winners using mobile devices and the Internet. The competition awards the world's largest art prize and will be held Sept. 21 through Oct. 9. Artists can register for a chance to win --
- $250,000 for first place
- $100,000 for second place
- $50,000 for third place
- $7,000 each for fourth through 10th places
- $7,000 each for five juried awards
"The artist and venue registration process was developed during the last two years based on feedback provided from artists, venues, city hall and ArtPrize visitors," Rick DeVos, ArtPrize founder, said in a news release.
- Open: March 14
- Close: April 14 (5 p.m. EDT)
- Open: April 18
- Close: June 16 (5 p.m. EDT)
- Open: May 31
- Close: June 30 (5 p.m. EDT)
"A lot of the most memorable work in the event is created for a specific space," said ArtPrize Executive Director Bill Holsinger-Robinson. "Artists will know all the available venues as they register.
"The vast majority of artists who did not secure a venue in 2010 were the ones who signed up at the last minute. Register early."
Any art proposed for installation in the Grand River, which runs through the heart of the 3 square-mile ArtPrize district, must be submitted to the city of Grand Rapids and the Department of Natural Resources and Environment, according to the following schedule:
Pre-application filed with the City: March 28
Application filed with the DNRE: April 8
DNRE will process the application using the following steps --
- Public notice period begins: April 22
- Public notice period ends: May 13
- Public hearing, if requested: June 10
- Required time for comments: June 20
Permit Decision: June 29
"This 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 DNRE application will review the proposed installations in the context of environmental, structural and navigability impact on the river."
ArtPrize 2011 will once again partner with institutions such as 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 launch pad into the surrounding neighborhoods. Each will offer voter registration, an ArtPrize gift shop and an ArtPrize shuttle stop. Exact locations of the exhibition centers are still being determined.
Chris LaPorte of Grand Rapids won last year's top prize for his work "Cavalry, American Officers, 1921." More than 1,700 artists from all over the world participated, and more than 465,000 votes were cast during the 19-day event.
Ran Ortner of Brooklyn, N.Y. won in 2009 for his work "Open Water No. 24."
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