ArtPrize Nine will come with some new rules when it kicks off in September.

According to Jaenell Woods, The ArtPrize Communications Manager, voting will change for this up coming year.

The first round of voting will continue to follow the same format it has had the last few years. Once the finalist are named public voting will no longer be separate from that of the art critics and the 2017 finalists will all end up going against one another in a finalist pool for the grand prizes.

Voting is done in two rounds, with the first round narrowing down the field of 1,500 artist to two sets of finalists -- twenty decided by public vote and twenty by expert jury, according to Woods.

According to ArtPrize, "in 2017, the second round will remove the distinction between the two sets of finalists, bringing them together to form a pool of up to forty finalists. The voting public and jury of art experts will have the opportunity to consider all forty finalists, regardless of how they were selected, when choosing the winners of their respective awards -- including the two $200,000 Grand Prizes and $100,000 in Category Awards."

The announcement for the changes was made Thursday night at the ArtPrizeNine Premier event.

ArtPrize will return to downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan from Sept. 20 to Oct. 8, 2017.

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