Matt Large

Sculpture Studio

Artprize 2012!!!

This year, I’m really excited about ArtPrize here in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In case you’ve not heard of this HUGE art competition, here’s a little text from the official ArtPrize webpage:

“ArtPrize is the world’s largest art competition.

$560,000 in total prizes. $360,000 awarded by public vote, $200,000 awarded by a select group of art experts. 

What makes ArtPrize unique?

  1. Open Call: Anyone over the age of 18 can be an artist; any space in the ArtPrize district can be a venue. 
  2. Independently Organized: Artists and Venues register and connect on  Once connected, they organize their individual show.  The ArtPrize organization does not select any of the art or the venues that make up the exhibition.
  3. Public Vote: The top award, $200,000 is decided by public vote.

The Public Vote

Anyone over the age of 16 can register to vote.  Votes are cast on, via text message and mobile application.

• Round 1 (Sept. 19 – Sept. 29): 11 days to explore ArtPrize and vote for the entries you think should win.
• Round 2 (Sept. 30 – Oct. 4): 5 days to cast one vote for your favorite of the Top 10 entries.

The Juried Awards

Juried art competitions have long been an important component of the contemporary art world.  They have amplified the voice of leading art experts and catapulted the careers of the world’s most renowned artists.    

New for ArtPrize 2012, is a $100,000 Juried Grand Prize, on par with the world’s major juried art competitions. ArtPrize also awards five additional $20,000 Juried Awards in the following categories:  2-D, 3-D, Urban Space, Time/Performance and Venue.

The Result

ArtPrize 2012:  162 venues will host 1517 artist entries.
Combining $360,000 awarded by Public Vote and a total of $200,000 in Juried Awards brings a new tension to ArtPrize.  Will the juried awards stand apart from the public vote, or will the two cross paths to award a single artist an unprecedented $320,000?”

I’m entering my most ambitious piece to date, “Crime Wave”, into this competition. I’ve been working on CW for about a year now and I’m very eager to let the cat out of the bag.  I’ll be with my piece at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum from September 19 through October 4th, so please come down and see what I’ve been laboring so hard on. If you like it, please get registered and vote for me to win!  Here’s a sneak preview of the murder weapon.




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