ArtPrize, the world's largest art prize is on again for its second annual competition, which awards
$250,000 to the top entry and nearly the same amount distributed among nine finalists. Imaginative landmarks of public art will show up in unusual places. The entire city of Grand Rapids serves as the venue and saw 30,000 visitors during its inaugural year. The event is underwritten by the DeVos and VanAndel families of Amway.
Grand Rapids is known for its large collection of permanent public art installations such as the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park and the painted steel Alexander Calder sculpture La Grande Vitesse, (1969). Many works of art from the 2009 show are now permanent installations, either purchased by the venue sites, or donated by the artists themselves to add to the public experience of urban art.
ArtPrize is a radically open contest, not only for the artists who can enter without submission to a jury, but also because the winners are chosen by public vote of attendees. All artists and venues are now secured for ArtPrize 2010, which will run from September 22 to October 10 and highlight 1,713 artists at 192 venues. Twenty-one different countries and 44 different states in the U.S. will be represented.
This event inherently communicates architectural ideas and relates to architects in an exciting way. The Grand Valley chapter of the American Institute of Architects will host a storefront in the city center for the duration of the competition where they will display their recent Chapter Honor Award winners in several architectural design categories. They invite the public to visit and learn more about the role of architects in the design of urban spaces. The Michigan Architectural Foundation, which is dedicated to increasing public appreciation of how architecture enriches life, will share the storefront location.
For more information go to www.artprize.org
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