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ArtPrize begins in Grand Rapids

Sep 24, 2014

The streets of Grand Rapids are alive today as ArtPrize gets underway.

From fine art to, eh, milk-crate art, the 6th annual ArtPrize competition is starting its 19-day run in downtown Grand Rapids.
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

More than 1,500 works of art are in competition for more than a half-million dollars in prize money.

Christian Gaines is ArtPrize’s executive director. He says they’ve revamped the competition to let the public and art experts pick the top 20 pieces.

“It’s really exciting because I think it allows people an opportunity to compare and contrast in an apples-to-apples kind of way, in a matching kind of a format, what the public thinks to what the experts think,” says Gaines.

Gaines says the public’s top choice will win $200,000, the same amount the experts' pick will receive.

ArtPrize runs through the middle of October.