Artist registration opened at noon today for ArtPrize 2016. Registration for the eighth annual event runs until 5PM on June 2.

Anyone over 18, working in any medium, can enter to compete for a combination of public vote and juried awards totaling $500,000.

Over the last seven years, nearly 11,000 artists have competed.

Applications for 2016 ArtPrize Artist Seed Grants, presented by the Frey Foundation, also opened today. For a third consecutive year, ArtPrize will offer 25 artists $2,000 grants each. Interested artists must demonstrate both financial need and artistic merit, and submit their applications by the close of Artist Registration. Applications will be reviewed and selected by the ArtPrize Arts Advisory Council, a panel of art critics and experts.

Registered artists and venues will find each other during the Connections period, held from April 25 - June 16.

ArtPrize will take place in Grand Rapids from September 21 - October 9.