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ArtPrize 2014: ArtPrize Offers Free Bicycle Valet Parking

Tens of thousands of people are expected to visit downtown Grand Rapids to tour ArtPrize exhibits duration of the competition. That makes finding a place to park a vehicle a little bit difficult at times, even if it's only a bicycle.

But this year ArtPrize has an option for bikes. Valet parking.

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Courtesy James Markus Photography
Courtesy James Markus Photography
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ArtPrize 2014: ‘Images from Week One’ [Video]

James Markus is a veteran Grand Rapids area photographer with an innate eye for visuals.

The owner of Jenison photo studio James Markus Photography, he has put together a video slide show of ArtPrize 2014's Week One.

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ArtPrize 2014: What’s Going On September 28

There are now seven more days to vote in the first round for the sixth annual ArtPrize.

Today (Sunday, Sept. 28) is the fifth day of the 19-day public art exhibition, which runs through Oct. 12 in Grand Rapids.

More than 107,000 votes had been cast by 8 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 September 27

S-a-t-u-r-d-a-y. The weekend is here, and ArtPrize continues its vibrance in downtown Grand Rapids and Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

Today (Saturday, Sept. 27) is the fourth day of the 19-day public art exhibition, which runs through Oct. 12 in Grand Rapids.

About 65,000 votes had been cast by 8 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 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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Josh Garber/Channel 95.7
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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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Steven Depolo
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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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Matt Milhouse
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ArtPrize Up Close: Boardwalk Condominiums [Video]

With multiple levels and 69 entries, Boardwalk Condominiums is a venue to keep an eye on at ArtPrize 2014.

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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

Matt Milhouse
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ArtPrize 2014: An Early Look at Which Entries Are Drawing the Most Attention

Voting hasn't even started, but ArtPrize has already given us a clue as to what might be popular this year.

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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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Coming Downtown for ArtPrize? Here’s How to Deal with Panhandlers

Coming to ArtPrize? While you're enjoying the various pieces throughout Grand Rapids (especially downtown), it's highly likely that you'll be approached by someone asking for money, food or cigarettes.

No, it's not the shiny and positive thing that most people want to talk about during ArtPrize and I understand that.  But because you may not be from a larger city or a frequent downtown GR visitor or very comfortable in a downtown setting in general, I want you to be aware of potential panhandlers and know how to react.

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