By Associated Press - Thursday, April 23, 2015

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Two artists will join a contemporary art curator from Los Angeles as judges at the ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids.

The internationally known multi-venue arts event runs for 19 days starting Sept. 23. Artists compete for $500,000 in prizes.

Judges for the $200,000 grand prize were announced Thursday evening. They are Michael Rakowitz of Chicago; Wangechi Mutu of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and Franklin Sirmans, contemporary art curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The public will also choose a $200,000 grand prize winner. Separately, there will be judges for specific categories of art.

ArtPrize will occupy 180 spaces in the western Michigan city, 30 of them new for 2015. They include museums, offices, pubs, restaurants, billboards and parks.

Artist registration runs through June 4.



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