Originally Posted by truarts
Don't be mad because you didn't win or a venue didn't contact you to host your work.
Wow, where did that come from? I was just offering an opinion about the contest. I have no personal stake in, or work that is suitable for, entry into such a contest. It's pretty expensive for artists to foot the bill for entry and set up, another criticism I saw repeated over and over again on the internet: "Artists are working for free to provide a service to Grand Rapids that brings in a lot of money for the city".
I think the days of the very large prize are numbered because the bill for the main prize is footed by one person/family. $500K is a lot of money to put out there year after year, especially when the masses elect a mediocre work that takes your money. The popular vote prize money may eventually disappear. I hadn't been paying attention to ArtPrize after the first year, and I was pretty surprised when I read up on the winner for last year. (BTW, one of the articles I read mentioned that the artist is creating a duplicate because the commission was not cancelled, just delayed).
All I'm implying is, it's good you got in while the going is good, because it may not last much longer. Remember "Arts for the Parks"? That was another competition that had a whopping prize which gradually dwindled to nothing, until they finally cancelled it altogether.
Anyway, congratulations, I hope you got a good venue. One of the flaws of the contest is that art in certain venues is seen by more people, and therefore gets more votes. Good Luck!