GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - With just two days left to vote, 24 Hour News 8 has learned ArtPrize 2013 will go down as a record-setting year for the world's largest art competition.
Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids Township is an ArtPrize exhibition center this year. The facility isn't in the ArtPrize downtown district of Grand Rapids, but that hasn't stopped thousands of visitors from coming to see entries.
Meijer Gardens officials think their exhibition this year, with a theme of glass sculptures, may have something to do with the overall large crowds, as they had their best opening weekend to date.
Since 2010, ArtPrize visitor numbers have grown at Meijer Gardens, with its attendance up 5 percent this year.
24 Hour News 8 checked with the Grand Rapids Art Museum, where ArtPrize attendance is up 4 percent compared to last year. Its overall attendance for 2012 was up 10 percent, likely due to ArtPrize exposure.
Before the partial federal government shutdown forced the closure of the doors at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, its ArtPrize numbers were up. The museum’s deputy director believed they were on pace to have more than 200,000 ArtPrize visitors this year.
Round 2 of the public vote for ArtPrize 2013 ends at 11:59 p.m. Thursday. You can vote once for one of the Top 10 finalists. The winner will receive a $200,000 first prize.
All of the venues and exhibition centers will continue to show entries through Sunday.
11 fire departments from several counties were called out to a fire at an adult entertainment club Wednesday afternoon.
Holland police were searching for 28-year-old Mark Steven Randall Harris, who was considered armed and dangerous, but arrested him late Wednesday night.
Those receiving the 2013 White House holiday card will see a design made by a Grand Rapids artist.