GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - ArtPrize, the city's annual art competition, is back for its eighth year.
In the run-up to the event and during its span from Sept. 21 to Oct. 9, ArtPrize Eight provides a certain energy to Grand Rapids. The downtown area and beyond explodes with fascinating creations and pieces that make you think -- or move on because who knows what thing is about, really?
But what to do if you don't know where to start and how to get around? Let this guide show you the way to all of WZZM 13's ArtPrize Eight content and more information you need to know.
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ArtPrize: if found in the dictionary as a proper noun (maybe in a few more years), it'll be defined largely about the art and cold hard cash. A total of $500,000 is awarded at the end of the competition, based upon a public vote and expert jury.
The grand prize winners can make up any of the following four categories: 2-D, 3-D, installation and time-based. You can vote by downloading the ArtPrize Eight app (Apple iOS devices and Android devices), with Round 1 votes accepted starting at noon Wednesday, Sept. 21.
But where's the art?!
If you're hungry after seeing all that art, we've got you covered with some of the best-of choices from the Detroit Free Press.
Our partners at the Battle Creek Enquirer toured the town, too, says if you have kids tagging along, visit these spots to get the most out of a few hours: Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, Grand Rapids Public Museum, The B.O.B. and the DeVos Place Convention Center.
Don't forget to visit the Grand River for some music, and maybe venture out to the neighborhoods to see what most others might not discover.
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