ArtPrize: 1,524 artists at 175 venues

Oil on canvas painting of a sculptured fountain in Florence called Neptune Chargers. (June 19, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — More than 1,500 artists representing more than 60 countries will compete in this year’s ArtPrize.

With about three months to go before ArtPrize 2014, 1,524 artists are signed up to participate — the same number as last year. Those artists represent 64 countries, which was more than last year.

This year’s competitors will show their work at 175 venues, which is slightly more than last year. Thursday was the final day for artists and venues to team up.

ArtPrize 2010 posted the record number of registered artists: More than 1,700.

==Above, ArtPrize Communications Director Todd Herring discusses the challenges of fitting so many artists in a finite space, and why changes were made to the event’s prize structure.==

The world’s largest art competition will give out a total of $560,000 in prizes this year. The two largest purses will go to the Grand Prize winners of the public vote and juried awards. Winners of the public vote and juried awards in four categories — 2D, 3D, time-based and installation — will receive $20,000 each.

ArtPrize also added some extra financial help in hopes of attracting more artists. Organizers are giving out 25 grants worth $2,000 to help artists who may be traveling or taking on huge projects.

ArtPrize 2014 runs Sept. 24 to Oct. 12.




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