Eye Exam: What Chicago Can Learn from Grand Rapids’ ArtPrize / Newcity Newspaper

Chicago could learn a few things from ArtPrize, the annual art competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan, open to artists from around the globe. It used to be that trade-fair style art fairs and biennials churned the money and the buzz. But in 2009 Rick DeVos, the grandson of Amway founder Rich DeVos, found a way to attract the art world’s attention to a small Midwestern town. This year—the competition’s fourth—1,517 artists from fifty-six countries and forty-five states sent their work into this truly art clusterfuck. Winners were decided by a public vote and a new (as of this year), juried panel.

Read the full story on Newcity: http://art.newcity.com/2012/10/09/eye-exam-what-chicago-can-learn-from-grand-rapids-artprize/