New voting structure announced for ArtPrize Nine


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — With only five months to go until the world’s largest art competition begins, ArtPrize officials have announced a big change to this year’s voting process.

Instead of keeping the public voting separate from that of the art critics, the 2017 finalists will all end up back in the same pool.

Here’s how it works: During the first round of voting, 20 finalists will be chosen by the public and 20 finalists will be chosen by an expert jury.

During the second round of voting, those 40 finalists will be combined into one pool and both the public and the jury will be allowed to consider all of the finalists for their respective awards. Those awards include each of the $10,000 category awards (two-dimensional, three-dimensional, installation, time-based and venue) and two $200,000 grand prizes.

The official poster for ArtPrize Nine.

“A lot of people love to come to ArtPrize in Round 2 because they feel like the exhibitions are narrowed down. It such a massive, vast exhibition, so in Round 2 they feel like, ‘OK, now it’s down to the Top 20 public vote,'” ArtPrize Director of Creative and Communications Todd Herring said Thursday. “Now it’s to the Top 40. So there’s 40 that are going to be there. I think that most people who are coming into it … they’re just going to think, ‘Wow, there’s 20 more pieces to go look at.’ There’s going to be potentially 20 more venues to go look at that second round. So it will actually open up the narrative that people generally look for when they come to ArtPrize in the second half of the event.”

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This is the first time the voting process has changed since 2014, when prizes awarded by the juried vote equaled that of the public vote. Prior to that, the process hadn’t changed since 2010, when the juried vote was introduced.

ArtPrize Nine runs from Sept. 20 through Oct. 8, 2017. Artists can register for the competition until June 8 at 5 p.m.

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