Crowds judge world’s biggest art prize

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Judged by a select group of insiders, art awards aren’t known for their democratic approach. Uprooting that tradition is a contest that’s currently being held in Grand Rapids, Michigan. ArtPrize will award the world’s largest prize—USD 250,000—to the piece of art that receives the most votes from visitors. Aiming to “reboot the conversation between artists and audiences on a grand scale” the competition allows any artist to enter, any visitor to vote and any venue in Grand Rapids to exhibit. By uploading their portfolios on the ArtPrize website and connecting with venues, 1,262 artists have secured exhibition space at 159 sites across the city, including galleries, office lobbies and outdoor public spaces.

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