Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "ArtPrize turns Grand Rapids into giant gallery" from the Chicago Tribune
Perched on a ladder, Andee Rudloff slathered green paint on a brick wall of The Cottage Bar.
More open cans of paint and brushes waited at the base of the unfinished mural, a Keith Haring-like melange of images representing Michigan's second-largest city.
"Anybody can stop by and paint with me," said the Kentucky-based artist, who turned to social media to generate ideas for the piece. "I love the community aspect of coming together for art and inspiration."
That's the gist of ArtPrize, an ambitious, grass-roots public art event that will transform 3 square miles of downtown Grand Rapids into a giant gallery Sept. 21 to Oct. 9.
Now in its eighth year, ArtPrize features 1,453 paintings, photography, sculptures, multimedia works and other creations showcased at 170 disparate venues, from the police station and churches to breweries, museums and bridges spanning the Grand River. Artists from around the world compete for a hefty purse of $500,000 in prize money. Winners are selected both by panels of contemporary art experts and — here's the fun part — by regular Joes, voting with their smartphones or online.
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