Grand Rapids — The latest installment of the annual ArtPrize international art contest kicks off in Grand Rapids.

Organizers say there are more than 1,500 entries from 42 states and territories and 51 countries at 174 venues in the western Michigan city. ArtPrize begins Wednesday and runs for nearly three weeks.

Artists compete for a combination of public votes and juried prizes to secure part of a prize pool of $560,000.

Gov. Rick Snyder is scheduled to be in Grand Rapids to celebrate Wednesday’s opening day. He’s to help launch the sixth annual event by taking part in the inaugural NerdWalk, accompanied by the Grand Valley State University Laker Marching Band and Dance Company.

ArtPrize runs through Oct. 12.

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