ArtPrize is an international art competition, open to any artist and decided by public vote. It invites artists to try out new ideas on a large and diverse population of people. It seeks to broaden the critical dialogue around contemporary art by awarding the world’s largest art prize. Two $200,000 awards are decided by public vote and expert jury, and an additional $100,000 in prizes is awarded to the top entries in each category. Registered artists and venues connect online at artprize.org and agree to present the artwork for public display during the 19-day event. The public votes using mobile devices and the web to distribute their awards, while a group of international art experts determines the winners of the juried awards. ArtPrize Nine will include 1,356 entries representing 47 countries and 41 U.S. states and territories. ArtPrize annually attracts more than 500,000 active participants. Since its inception, individuals of all backgrounds have cast more than 3.2 million votes for public art.
WHAT MAKES ARTPRIZE UNIQUE?
An Open Call. ArtPrize invites anyone over the age of 18 to be an artist and any space inside the ArtPrize district to be a venue — a radical departure from a more common centralized and top-down model of contemporary art curation.
Independently Organized. Artists and venues create a profile on artprize.org, then search and discover each other on the site, form connections and organize their own shows.
Public Vote + Juried Awards. Two $200,000 grand prizes and eight $12,500 category awards, more than $500,000 is awarded. Half is decided by public vote and half by a jury of art experts.
September 20 ArtPrize Opening Day + Round 1 Voting opens
September 25 Jurors’ Short List Event
September 30 Round 1 Voting closes
October 1 Final 20 Announcement + Round 2 Voting opens
October 5 Round 2 Voting closes
October 6 ArtPrize Awards & ArtPrize After Dark
October 8 ArtPrize Closing Day