ArtPrize Announces 2015 Jurors

ArtPrize Grand Rapids.

ArtPrize Grand Rapids.

Today in Grand Rapids, the city’s annual “radically open, international art competition” ArtPrize announced the jurors for it’s 2015 Grand Prize and Category awards, which it doles out in addition to prizes selected by the public.

The Grand Prize panel consists of three jurors: Franklin Sirmans, department head and curator of contemporary art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); Chicago-based artist Michael Rakowitz; and Brooklyn-based artist Wangechi Mutu. The winner of this award takes home $200,000.

The five Category awards “recognize one outstanding work in each of the four artist entry categories (2-D, 3-D, Time-Based & Installation) plus one venue for outstanding curatorial presentation,” according to a release from ArtPrize. Each winner pockets $12,500.

Category awards judges: Indianapolis-based curator, creator and host of The Art Assignment (PBS Digital), Sarah Urist Green (3-D); Los Angeles-based Senior Programmer of Sundance Film Festival and curator of New Frontier at Sundance, Shari Frilot (Time-Based); New York-based editor and art critic, Robin Cembalest (Installation); and Cincinnati-based curator at the Contemporary Arts Center, Steven Matijcio (Venue). The 2-D juror will be announced later.

Created by Rick DeVos (the grandson of Rich DeVos, the cofounder of Amway), ArtPrize is a democratic and controversial open call art competition now entering its seventh year. With a $500,000 purse split evenly between public vote and juried awards, it is the best funded art award in America. Check out ARTnews Co-Executive Editor Andrew Russeth’s coverage of last year’s competition (where he also served on the jury) right here.

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