ArtPrize Teams Up with Art21


ArtPrize, the funder of the $200,000 annual art award decided by public vote, will announce a new partnership today with New York’s Art21, the producers of the Peabody Award-winning PBS art documentary series “Art in the Twenty-First Century.”

The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based ArtPrize, now in its sixth year, will grant a total of $560,000: two $200,000 awards, one decided by jury, one by popular vote (an artist could potentially win both); and a juried award and a public vote award, each $20,000, in each of four categories-two-dimensional, three-dimensional, time-based and installation. By including both juried and popular-vote awards, the organizers hope to explore “the tension between public and expert opinion,” said ArtPrize executive director Christian Gaines in a press release.

Art21 founder Susan Sollins, along with artists Leonardo Drew and Katharina Grosse—both featured in the show’s upcoming seventh season—will form the grand jury this year. The winner will be selected by a public vote and announced Oct. 10.

ArtPrize will host the Oct. 2 premiere of the show’s seventh season, as well as offering public screenings of past episodes.

The sixth annual edition of ArtPrize takes place Sept. 24-Oct. 12 in Grand Rapids. The prize is presented by the Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids.