Earlier the ArtPrize 2013 was announced. Almost 700 million votes were cast. OK maybe not THAT many...but alot. 430,000 to be exact. From 43,000 voters. Thats about the size of Kentwood. In less than two weeks. The biggest ArtPrize voter turnout ever.

Here is the story from Channel 13 "ArtPrize reveals top ten"

"Finalists include (in alphabetical order):

Paul Baliker- "Dancing with Mother Nature"- Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
Anni Crouter- "Polar Expressed"- Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
Jason Gamrath- "Botanical Exotica a Monumental Collection of the Rare and Beautiful- Grand Rapids Art Museum
Michael Gard- "Taking Flight"- DeVos Place Convention Center
Benjamin Gazsi- "Earth Giant"- Grand Rapids Public Museum
Nick Jakubiak- "Tired Pandas"- The B.O.B.
Ann Loveless- "Sleeping Bear Dunes Lakeshore"- Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
Robin Protz- "Myth-or-Logic"- Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
Andy Sacksteder- "Uplifting"- Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
Fraser Smith- "Finding Beauty in Bad Things: Porcelain Vine- DeVos Place Convention Center"

Location means everything. 4 of the top 10 are housed ay the Ford Museum.

For more on the rest of the competition go to artprize.org

Here's 2012 winner "Elephants"