GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The deadline for artists to sign up for ArtPrize 2014 is fast approaching and organizers expect the number of participants this year to break previous records.
As of Wednesday morning, there were more than 1,600 registered artists for ArtPrize, which is almost 10 percent higher than this same time last year.
ArtPrize organizers expect hundreds more may sign up between now and Thursday’s 5 p.m. deadline.
The most registered artists to ever participate in ArtPrize was more than 1,700 back in 2010. Organizers hope to break that record this year.
ArtPrize has changed the prize structure for this year’s competition and they hope it’s a big draw for artists.
“We made the public vote and the juried awards equal and they have kind of a similar structure,” said ArtPrize Director of Exhibitions Kevin Buist. “I think artists have responded to that and so we’re seeing a really great response from artists from all over.”
This year ArtPrize has also added some extra financial help for artists. Organizers are giving out 25 grants worth $2,000 to help artists who may be traveling or taking on huge projects.
The exact number of artists and venues will be released on June 19, which is the deadline for them to pair up for ArtPrize 2014.