Public Survey On Public Art Competition

For any art lovers still hungover from ArtPrize, the 19-day international art competition in Grand Rapids, Mich., there’s one last way to participate.

ArtPrize bills itself as a “radically open, independently organized international art competition.” From Sept. 23 to Oct. 11, a huge variety of artwork pops up along three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids, open and free to the public to explore and, ultimately, choose favorites.

Last week, organizers announced this year’s winners, with $500,000 in total prizes awarded. There are both public vote and juried prize categories; two $200,000 Grand Prizers were awarded to Kate Gilmore for “Higher Ground,” and Loveless PhotoFiber (wife-and-husband team Ann and Steve Loveless) for “Northwood Awakening.”

Although the competition is over, ArtPrize is still collecting public input. As reported by MLive, organizers have released a survey to gauge attendees’ interest on everything from the event’s venues to ArtPrize’s social media communications. It’s a fairly quick form, intended to collect information on who exactly is visiting ArtPrize, as well as how the event itself can better serve the public.

And, per the survey instructions, “survey respondents may be invited to participate in some FUN follow up sessions.” For an organization dedicated to collecting public input, they sure don’t know when to use free pizza as an incentive.

For more information on the ArtPrize Seven winners (and to read some opinions that didn’t need an anonymous survey, via Facebook comments), click here.