Artprize is an Art competition that started in 2009 and has been growing ever since. Every Fall, 3 square miles of Downtown Grand Rapids is filled with art for 19 days. The streets are filled with people who come to see the art, and to vote on what they like. There is also a juried vote, from art professionals. There are two rounds of voting, the first determines the top 10 in each category; popular vote and juried vote, then 8 days later the winners are announced.
This year there were 1537 art pieces in 174 venues. The prizes amounted to $560,000. The 2014 statistics haven't been announced yet, but for an idea of the scope of this, here are some statistics from last year.
Artists came from all 50 states, and 47 other countries.
There were 400,000 visitors, 30,432 were from out of state.
446,832 votes were cast online.
It was featured on CNN, and both Kathy Lee Gifford and Debora Norville visited it.
I've gone every year and always enjoy it. Here's a few pictures of this years pieces.
If you ever get the chance to come and see it yourself, I highly recommend it!