ArtPrize, 2011 was a huge success.  More people were viewing and voting for the art of their choice.  But, as with all events, success doesn't mean sitting still and keeping it "business as usual."  So, ArtPrize organizers announced some changes for the 2012 event.

First of all, ArtPrize 2012 will start on Saturday, September 19.   That's tomorrow, right? Because after all, time seems to be flying by.  Anyway, the winners will be announced October 5 and the displays will continue through October 7th.

Some of the changes to be made will be in the prize money.   Next year there will be a $100,000 jurried prize to answer the complaints of the past about the lack of art expertise in selecting the winners of ArtPrize.

The top prize in the voting section of ArtPrize changes a bit, down to $200,000. Second place will be $75,000 and the third place will be $50,000. The rest of the top ten finalists will receive $5,000 each.

I think the best news of the changes for next year is that ArtPrize is extending the first round of voting from September 19 through September 30.  That makes the first round 11 days instead of 7, and includes two weekends to vote in the first round. Yea!

ArtPrize founder Rick DeVos said, "Artprize is a young organization; we're still learning to play this game...and course correct."

And, last, but not least, ArtPrize will no longer feature lists of the trending top 25 entries by neighborhood, but instead will use an overall top 25 trending list after several days of voting have elapsed.

Should be exciting.  I'm already "geeked" up.  Can't wait!