GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. –As ArtPrize prepares for its fifth outing Wednesday, it has garnered more than just local media coverage. A recent story in the Wall Street Journal spotlights the festival, highlighting not just its scope but also many of the criticisms levied against it.
The article’s tone is probably best summarized by this sentence at the end of the second paragraph:
“Before it’s over, organizers will bestow a total of $560,000 on winners in 16 categories, including a $200,000 award selected by the hundreds of thousands of people expected to visit the event here, a city otherwise known for furniture making, President Gerald Ford and a nickname it would rather forget—’Bland Rapids.'”
To read the full article, click here. What do you think of their portrayal of the festival?