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ArtPrize 2014: What’s Going On September 26 [Video]

While tonight brings an evening for artists' receptions, there's a full day ahead and 174 venues to explore for ArtPrize 2014.

Today (Friday, Sept. 26) is the third day of the 19-day public art exhibition, which runs through Oct. 12 in Grand Rapids.

More than 36,000 votes had been cast by 7:30 a.m. today in first round public voting, according to ArtPrize's vote tabulations. The voting helps determine a $200,000 grand prize winner, with another $200,000 grand prize selected by a juried panel of art critics.

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ArtPrize 2014: What’s Going On Sept. 25

There are 1,537 artist entries from 42 U.S. states and 51 countries at ArtPrize 2014, which opened Wednesday. With the combination of a public vote and juried honors, the sixth annual event is awarding $560,000 in prizes.

For the public vote, voting began at noon and round one closes at 11:59 p.m. Oct. 4, with the public vote finalists announced at 1 p.m. Oct. 2. Round two voting starts at 2 p.m. Oct. 2 with winner announced Oct. 9.

More than 13,000 votes had been cast by midnight Wednesday, according to ArtPrize's vote tabulations.

Today (Thursday, Sept. 25) is the second day of the 19-day public art exhibition, which runs through Oct. 12 in Grand Rapids.

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ArtPrize 2014: 20 Sweet Venues to Explore Over 19 Days

ArtPrize is a radically open, independently organized international art competition and exhibition that runs today through Oct. 12 in Grand Rapids.

Here are 20 sweet venues to check out during ArtPrize, and these are just the tip of the artistic iceberg for the public art extravaganza.

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John VanderHaagen
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ArtPrize 2014: What’s Going On Sept. 24

This is the opening day for ArtPrize 2014.

Welcome to the festivities for the sixth annual event, which runs today through Oct. 12 in Grand Rapids.

As ArtPrize relates:
Definitely more of a 'day of events' than a single h

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Grandville Youth Pastor Arrested On Criminal Sexual Conduct Charges

A youth pastor at church in Grandville has been arrested on criminal sexual conduct charges. 

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Matt Milhouse
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ArtPrize 2014: How to Vote

The public vote is what sets ArtPrize apart from other art events and competitions. It's also the easiest way to become involved in ArtPrize.

Learn how to vote at ArtPrize 2014.

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A Comprehensive Guide To ArtPrize Etiquette

ArtPrize kicks off Wednesday, and while it's an amazing thing for our city, that brings in tons of people (and money to local businesses), it can sometimes get a little bit maddening for people who work in and around the city.

Thousands of people flood downtown Grand Rapids, strolling around, looking at art, and generally enjoying the event, which is great! But, there are some general rules that should be followed while enjoying the art so that ArtPrize can be an enjoyable experience for everyone.

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Ellie Goulding performance
Ellie Goulding performance
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ArtPrize 2014: Music Hub is St. Cecilia Music Center

St. Cecilia Music Center is the official ArtPrize music hub for ArtPrize 2014.

St. Cecilia Music Center is again also organizing the ArtPrize music busking sites at public places, with expanded locations for this year.

The busking sites will be in action from Sept. 25 (Thursday) to Oct. 4.

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Reality Strikes: Gas Prices In West Michigan On The Way Back Up

The good news is, as of this post Gas Buddy is reporting that some West Michigan gas stations are still selling gas for $3.08. The bad news is, within the last few minutes prices have jumped to $3.55

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Grand Rapids Civic Theatre
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Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Premieres Original Play ‘The Boatwright’ [Video]


Grand Rapids Civic Theatre
and its School of Theatre Arts have combined on a special production for the inaugural American Association of Community Theatre's NewPlayFest.

"The Boatwright,"
the story of a retired Kansas state trooper who decides to build a sailboat to single-handedly traverse the Atlantic Ocean and the troubled neighbor who helps him, is on stage through Sunday at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre.

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Police Investigation Underway After Photos Of West Michigan High School Students Go Viral

Police in Wyoming have launched an investigation after sexually explicit pictures allegedly involving Grandville High School students surfaced on social media this past weekend.

The pictures show two individuals involved in a sexual act with several others gathered around watching. The posts have gone viral online with hundreds of thousands of tweets and responses.

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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘The Maze Runner’ Outpaces ‘A Walk Among the Tombstones’

Young adult movies are big business.

'The Maze Runner' took over the box office this weekend, proving that the audience for films were young people in science fiction dystopias are forced into violent and terrible predicaments extends beyond the 'Hunger Games' franchise.

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