Voter Turnout at ArtPrize 10 was the lowest in the event’s history

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- ArtPrize 10 is officially in the books and voter turnout this year was at a record low.

According to MLive, less than 33,000 people voted this year, the lowest in the event's history over the last 10 years.

Organizers say a string of rainy days and fewer venues with voting booths may be to blame.

More than 500,000 people were expected to attend this year's fest in downtown Grand Rapids. A final tally is expected to be announced later next year.

ArtPrize is also no longer an annual event, and will now take place every other year with a different art fest happening during "off" years.

The competition will return with ArtPrize 11 in 2020.

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  • J.B.

    Just change the name to what it really is “#Progressive Liberal Self-Love Fest”
    Calling it “ArtPrize” is about as misleading as it gets…
    You go to see Art..
    What you get is a bunch of weirdos with a cause and a supposed message hiding behind so called “art pieces”.

    • Kevin Rahe

      Art at its best is supposed to elevate our minds to God. The only legitimate cause that could be expressed in art is taking a stand against something that’s preventing us from approaching Godly perfection.


    ArtPrize is pretty cool. I will say watching the super art snob judges on the news was a complete turnoff.
    Hearing them put down us “commonfolk” and our lack of true art appreciation….