Artists Can Win Six-Figure Awards in ArtPrize Competition

ARTISTS. ArtPrize is an open, international art competition that offers $560,000 in prizes. Winners are chosen both by the public and professional jurors. The art is displayed in diverse venues throughout downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The 2013 competition is open to any artist in the world (18 years or older) who registers on by June 6, 2013 and secures a venue by June 20, 2013.


Any space in downtown Grand Rapids can register to  be a venue. Venues that have offered installation space in past competitions have ranged from laundromats to museums.

The fifth annual ArtPrize festival will be held September 18 to October 6, 2013. The 2012 festival displayed 1517 entries in 162 venues and attracted more than 400,000 visitors from novices to the art-world elite..

$200,000 in Juried Awards

ArtPrize presents six juried awards, five for artists and one for a venue. The Juried Grand Prize is selected by a three-person committee. Five other awards are chosen by a single juror for each category with the help of local professionals.

  • Juried Grand Prize: $100,000
  • 2-D Work:$20,000
  • 3-D Work: $20,000
  • Time/Performance-Based Work:$20,000
  • Best Use of Urban Space: $20,000

The curator of the Outstanding Venue receives a $20,000 prize.

$360,000 in Public Awards

Ten award winners will be chosen by the public during two rounds of voting via mobile devices and the Internet.

  • 1st Place: $200,000
  • 2nd Place: $75,000
  • 3rd Place: $50,000
  • 4th through 10th Place: $5,000 each

Registration Fee

The registration fee is $50 for a single entry and $100 for a collaborative entry. If you want your art to be considered for inclusion, you must register no later than Thursday, June 6 at 5 p.m. EDT. Then you can use the “Connect with Venue” feature on the website to find venues that might want to host your entry. If the venue is interested, they will contact you about a hosting agreement.  Signed hosting agreements must be submitted by Thursday, June 20 at 5 pm.

Until you have filled out your artist profile, completed a proposal for your entry, uploaded images for your entry, and paid the registration fee, you won’t be visible to participating venues and you will not be able to see their contact information either. Because venues have already started planning their exhibitions, it’s best to register early.

There is no guarantee that all registered artists will secure a venue. If you are unable to secure a venue, the registration fee is waived.


Entry Information for Artists

See Your Art Displayed on Times Square Billboards

If you would like to have your work seen in bright lights by hundreds of thousands of people who visit Times Square, submit your entry to the “Art Takes Times Square” competition.  The event is being conducted by Artists Wanted, Chasama, and the Times Square Alliance.

One artist will be selected to receive $10,000 cash, inclusion in a limited edition, printed “Art Takes Times Square” book, and the exhibition of a lifetime— his or her art displayed on the most iconic billboards of Times Square. The organizers of the competition will also be producing an online feature that will be sent out to hundreds of thousands of art enthusiasts around the globe.

Any creative person in the world can enter as long as you are 18 years or older.  Simply take a few minutes to upload photos of your creative work and create a free competition profile. You can submit a portfolio of up to 20 images.  (Standard entry deadline is April 30; final entry deadline is May 25.) The winners will be notified in June.

Curated by Art Enthusiasts around the World

The “Art Takes Times Square” exhibition will be curated by art lovers around the world. Visitors to the Artists Wanted website can sign up to “collect” their favorite artists and help decide who will be displayed on the massive billboards of Times Square this summer.

So if you decide to enter the competition, plan to share your portfolio with friends, family and colleagues. Use email, Facebook, Twitter and other social networking tools to encourage your fan club to collect your works. The most collected artists will have their submissions reviewed by chashama and Artists Wanted to determine the Grand Prize winner to be featured in Times Square and awarded $10,000 in cash.

Artists Wanted will also be selecting artists to feature to tens of thousands of followers on their social networking channels and e-mail list. Visit the Artists Wanted website for details on entry procedures and answers to frequently asked questions.


Art Takes Time Square Competition

About Artists Wanted

Artists Wanted is a collaborative project dedicated to building lasting opportunities for emerging talent. Created by several New York City artists and creative organizations, Artists Wanted is dedicated to making the process of breaking into the professional art world more welcoming, dynamic, and open-ended.

Mission Statement: Artists Wanted

About Chashama

Chashama supports creativity in New York City by repurposing vacant properties. Each property is recycled as a work or show space for artists, and made available at no charge, or at highly subsidized rates. These efforts invigorate the surrounding communities with an influx of innovative programs, culture, creativity, and commerce.

Mission Statement: Chasama

About The Times Square Alliance

The Times Square Alliance develops techniques and relationships to bring temporary high-quality, cutting-edge art and performance to Times Square’s public spaces, so that it is known globally as a place where ordinary people encounter authentic, ever-changing urban art in multiple forms and media

Mission Statement: Times Square Alliance


ArtPrize Announces $100,000 Juried Grand Prize

ArtPrize, the radically open international art competition and social experiment in Grand Rapids, Mich., has announced a new award for 2012: the ArtPrize Juried Grand Prize.

The $100,000 award will be added to a revised list of public and juried prizes that will be distributed at the end of the 19-day event. ArtPrize 2012 will take place Sept. 19 – Oct. 7, 2012.

In 2011, nearly 400,000 people visited Grand Rapids to engage with the work and ideas of nearly 1,600 artists. The new juried award changes the dynamic of the competition, and increases the total awards the event distributes to $550,000, making it the largest total prize purse for art in the world.

In addition to the Juried Grand Prize, ArtPrize will also increase its other juried awards to $20,000 each. The organization selected five categories to recognize:

  • Two-Dimensional
  • Three-Dimensional
  • Time and Performance
  • Urban Space
  • Venue

The increased commitment to juried awards will change the dynamic of the event and sets up a purposeful dialog between the opinions of arts professionals and the public, focusing on the artists’ work.

Jurors for all of the professional awards will be announced in the spring, prior to artist registration.

“For the past three years, ArtPrize has set itself apart by empowering the public and giving them a critical voice, but the success of the event is based on the exchange of artists’ ideas,” said DeVos. “We want ArtPrize to be accessible for everyone, so we hope the new awards will help artists understand our goals and encourage them bring new ideas to the event.”

The changes in Juried Prizes will result in a revision of the ArtPrize Public Vote Awards. For example, the top prize of $250,000 in 2011 will be reduced to $200,000 in 2012.  The second place awards will be scaled back from $100,000 in 2011 to $75,000 in 2012.  The third place award will continue to $50,000. The fourth-place through tenth-place awards will drop from $7,000 in 2011 to $5,000 in 2012.

The prize total for the public awards in 2012 will be $350,000, vastly outweighing the juried awards at $200,000, and keeping the organization’s focus on the community.

“The engagement of the community continues to be at the forefront of ArtPrize’s success,” added Catherine Creamer, executive director of ArtPrize. “Nearly 400,000 people participated in ArtPrize in 2011, not because we told them art mattered, but because we create a system where they matter to art.”

ArtPrize 2011 had more than 38,000 registered voters who submitted 383,000 total votes. With the increase of smartphones, mobile voting via the ArtPrize iPhone and new Android apps increased 62 percent.

ArtPrize 2011 began Sept. 21 with 1,582 artists from 39 countries and 43 U.S. states installing their work at 164 venues in a three-square-mile district in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

For more information and to see the winners of the 2011 competitions, visit


Online Art Gallery Helps Emerging Artists Gain Exposure

ARTISTS. The Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery was created to help new and emerging artists gain experience in applying for and participating in art competitions. Light, Space & Time also strives to help artists gain exposure to decision-makers from the art world.

Each month, Light Space & Time Online conducts a themed online art competition. The winners of each competition are promoted on the gallery’s website and featured in an email to gallery owners and directors, corporate art representations, and others from the art and design world.

The theme for the August competition is “Seasons.” The competition is open to all 2D artists (including photography, but excluding video). The top five finalists will be featured in a group exhibition in the Light, Space & Time Online Art Gallery during the month of September. The deadline for entering is August 29. All winners will be announced on September 1.

The gallery and monthly competition were founded by John R. Math, an art photographer who successfully sells his work through art galleries and art representatives. He recalls how hard it was to break into the art market, and thought to himself, “There must be an easier way.” So, he formed the online gallery to help give talented artists an opportunity to develop their art resumes and quickly and economically get wider exposure for their work.


 Light Space & Time Online Gallery