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Volunteers Needed At ArtPrize Venues

ArtPrize begins September 21 and volunteers are still needed.

You may volunteer through ArtPrize or directly through a venue.  ArtPrize Exhibition Centers such as UICA, GRAM, Grand Rapids Public Museum, and Cathedral Square recruit their own volunteers for ArtPrize.  They are all still in need of additional help.

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ArtPrize’s ArtWalk Is Saturday, September 24

Want to beat the ArtPrize crowds on opening weekend?  Good luck.

Get there early and you might stand a chance.  ArtPrize's third annual ArtWalk starts with a warm-up at 9:30am.  The walk starts at 10:00am at Rosa Parks Circle.

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Grand Opening Of ArtPrize Headquarters Is Saturday

ArtPrize starts Wednesday, but the public can get their first look at ArtPrize's new headquarters on Saturday.

The HUB is located at 41 Sheldon in Grand Rapids.  It's the former site of the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts.  UICA moved to their new location at 2 West Fulton in July.

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Improv Everywhere Bringing An MP3 Experiment To ArtPrize

You've probably seen some of Improv Everywhere's work on YouTube.  They have conducted "experiments" and "missions" all over the world.  We talked about their New York City project in July.  Now, Improv Everywhere is bringing a MP3 Experiment to Grand Rapids during ArtPrize.

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Grand Rapids Art Museum Opens ArtPrize Exhibition

No need to wait until September 21 to experience ArtPrize.  The Grand Rapids Art Museum has already opened their ArtPrize exhibition.

GRAM has shown that they are a can't-miss venue.  Last year's winner came from GRAM.  Expect GRAM's reputation to bring long lines for anyone hoping to get a look at this year's collection of 32 artists during ArtPrize.  Visiting before ArtPrize's opening night will be a good way to beat the crowds.

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ArtPrize Voter Registration Begins Wednesday

ArtPrize season is about to begin.  Then again, I'm not sure it ever ended.  Either way, online voter registration starts Wednesday.

Voting does not start until the competition begins on September 21.  Those who register early still will have to activate their registration in person at ArtPrize between September 21 and October 5.  But if you are allergic to procrastination, prepare to get registered this week.

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ArtPrize Chocolates Now Available

Love ArtPrize?  Love chocolate?  Treat your art-loving sweet tooth to ArtPrize's latest official merchandise...chocolate bars!

Six different ArtPrize chocolate bars are now available.  Each bar represents one of the six different ArtPrize neighborhoods.

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ArtPrize Preview Starts Downtown On September 7 [VIDEO]

Can't wait for the start of ArtPrize?  You don't have to.  Over 500 ArtPrize artists will have their work on display downtown beginning September 7.

The new ArtPrize preview is meant to give fans an early look and boost sales at the 18 bars, restaurants, and coffee houses which make up the Arena District including The B.O.B., Stella's, and more.

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Steam Pig Exiting Downtown Grand Rapids

The very large, very cool piece of art known as the Steam Pig is making its exit from downtown Grand Rapids. The pig, which currently resides in the parking lot next to the B.O.B.  needs to be moved in order to make room for this year's ArtPrize entries.

The Steam Pig was entered into ArtPrize in 2010, but has remained in the B.O.B. parking lot for almost a year. The large TV Screen on the outside of the B.O.B. has often said "Pig For Sale", which I thought was a joke. Turns out, that's not the case.

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ArtPrize Needs Volunteers

ArtPrize held a party at the Grand Rapids Children's Museum last night to kick-off recruitment of volunteers for this year's event.  At least 1,000 volunteers are needed and there are multiple ways to help.

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2010 ArtPrize Winner Moves Out Of Grand Rapids Art Museum [VIDEO]

How do you move a 28 foot wide pencil drawing?  Very carefully.

Chris LaPorte's "Cavalry" took first place at ArtPrize last year.  This morning, it was moved from the Grand Rapids Art Museum where it had been since last year's competition.

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ArtPrize Receives $100,000 Grant

ArtPrize received a $100,000 grant today from the National Endowment for the Arts.  A total of $6.575 million in grants was given to 51 communities in 34 states.

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