- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - The latest installment of the annual ArtPrize international art contest in Grand Rapids has artists competing for a combination of public votes and juried prizes to secure part of a prize pool of $560,000.

The contest comprises more than 1,500 entries from 42 states and territories and 51 countries at 174 venues in the western Michigan city, organizers said. ArtPrize began Wednesday and runs through Oct. 12.

Gov. Rick Snyder helped launch the sixth annual event by taking part in the inaugural NerdWalk, accompanied by the Grand Valley State University Laker Marching Band and Dance Company.

“The eyes of the art world are on Michigan as we are inspired by and marvel at - and maybe strongly debate - the works that are filling downtown and beyond,” Snyder said in a statement this week.

Opening day marks the start of Round 1 Voting to determine which entries will be selected for the Public Vote Final 20. Five entries in each of four categories - 2D, 3D, Time-Based, and Installation - will continue to the second round. They’ll compete for $20,000 category awards and the $200,000 Public Vote Grand Prize.

“The public vote has been the backbone of the ArtPrize event since its inception, and plays an increasingly important role in driving the conversation,” ArtPrize executive director Christian Gaines said.

Votes may be cast via the ArtPrize mobile app, the event’s website or in person at a voting site in the area.




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