ART21 Partners with ArtPrize 2014

Celebrating the World Preview of ART21 Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 7

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June 16, 2014

New York, NY—ART21, the preeminent nonprofit global leader in art education and award-winning film producer, is pleased to announce a new partnership with ArtPrize 2014, the radically open international art competition held in Grand Rapids, Michigan (September 24th to October 12th), and the world preview/first public screening of the much-anticipated seventh season of ART21 Art in the Twenty-First Century, the Peabody Award-winning PBS broadcast series, to take place during the 19-day event. The partnership highlights the two organizations’ joint commitment to advance public engagement with contemporary art, with ART21 bringing to Grand Rapids its internationally acclaimed films, rich educational resources, and expertise.

Susan Sollins, Founder and Executive Director of ART21, will spearhead the ArtPrize Grand Jury assembled by ART21, alongside two of ART21’s Season 7 artists, Leonardo Drew and Katharina Grosse, to award the event’s most coveted distinction of the Juried Grand Prize winner and corresponding $200,000 cash prize on October 10th. Credited as the world’s largest art prize, ArtPrize attracts nearly 2,000 artists from over 50 countries, who compete for one of ten distinctions, including a Public Vote Grand Prize award for $200,000, adding to a combined awarded sum of $560,000.

"ArtPrize shares one of ART21's core aims: to bring diverse populations—people of all ages and backgrounds—into contact with artists working today," comments Ms. Sollins. "In the past five years, we have witnessed ArtPrize flourish from a community event to an internationally-regarded distinction. It is an honor to lead this year's grand prize jury and I look forward to supporting the organization in the years to come."

The world preview of Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 7 will take place on October 2 as part of Critical Discourse, ArtPrize’s public programming designed to expand and deepen critical engagement with contemporary art. The screening will feature profiles of Mr. Drew and Ms. Grosse, as well as a panel discussion with the three members of the ArtPrize Grand Prize Jury assembled by ART21.

A complementary selection of ART21 programs, including short-format ART21 Exclusive films and Art in the Twenty-First Century, Seasons 1–6 artist profiles will be on view at each of two ART21 lounges located at the ArtPrize Hub and ArtPrize ArtClub. The ART21-curated film selection will support participants’ voting and engagement with ArtPrize by offering information about contemporary art practices today.

The ART21 Michael C. Sandler Educators Program, in cooperation with Grand Rapids Art Museum and local PBS affiliate WGVU Public Media, will provide two free exclusive weekend educational workshops based on the latest Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 7 teaching guides. Led by ART21 Director of Education Initiatives Jess Hamlin and ART21 Senior Education Advisor Joe Fusaro, the workshops will instill pedagogy techniques unique to ART21’s heralded interdisciplinary initiative for educators. Capacity is limited but applications are open to all local educators. Details of the event will be posted on ART21 and ArtPrize’s websites later this summer.

Further enhancing the partnership and fostering the mission of the organization, ART21 will inaugurate and award the first ART21 Young Filmmakers Award, also on October 10th, eligible for receipt by local high school student filmmakers who make a compelling film about contemporary art in the context of ArtPrize. Local high school students are encouraged to submit short film entries, which will be judged by esteemed ART21 producers and Board members. The top three finalists will have their works displayed on the website and shown during the October 10th award ceremony. ART21 and ArtPrize will publish details of the competition later this summer.


ART21 is a nonprofit global leader in art education, producing preeminent films on today’s leading visual artists and education programs that inspire creativity worldwide. Acclaimed for its Peabody Award-winning PBS broadcast series, ART21 Art in the Twenty-First Century, ART21 uses the power of digital media to engage millions of people of all ages with contemporary art, artists, and their creative processes. For more information, visit


ArtPrize is an international art competition and 501(c)3, open to any artist and decided by public vote. It invites artists to try out new ideas on a large and diverse population of people. It seeks to broaden the critical dialogue around contemporary art by awarding the world’s largest art prize, at $560,000. Registered artists and venues connect online at and agree to present the artwork for public display during the 19-day event. ArtPrize 2013 included 1,524 entries representing 47 countries and 45 U.S. states and territories, and attracted more than 400,000 active participants. Since its inception, individuals of all backgrounds have cast more than 2 million votes for public art.

September 24–October 12, 2014

ArtPrize occupies three square-miles of public and private venues across downtown Grand Rapids, MI. For further venue information, visit

For additional information, contact:
Eunice Kim
eunice [AT] bright-speak [DOT] com