ArtPrize kicks off on September 16 and runs until October 3. Artists from all over the world are finding themselves in Grand Rapids setting up for the competition. Let's meet one...

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ArtPrize celebrates artists working in all mediums from anywhere in the world, and is open to any creative with an artwork to enter and a venue willing to host it.

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A street corner is the location for the "Retro Maven".

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The piece was designed by Michelle Meyer from Arizona. Meyer's piece can be found at the corner of Monroe and Louis St NW across from Rosa Parks Circle. Here, Meyer describes the process she's gone through to enter the competition.

"Retro Maven" is designed to represent life watching art and art watching life. She uses street sign vinyl which is a reflective material. She goes on to explain that a "Maven" is an enthusiast. She says the piece is built to play off of it's environment.

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Michelle Meyer left from Arizona 2 days ago. On her first leg of driving, she made it to Oklahoma City. On her second portion, Maven in tow, she arrived in Grand Rapids at 1am. A part of her display was damaged during it's cross country trek. She mentioned they have the supplies with them to fix to damaged edge.

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You can find more from Michelle Meyer at Snoodcity.com

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Michelle Meyer hopes to be among one of the cash prize winners. ArtPrize awards $450,000 directly to artists, through grants to support their ambitious work and through prizes which the public decides through the ArtPrize website.