(WZZM) - An ArtPrize curator calls the event "disrespectful and demoralizing". Sylvia Rombis sent a letter to ArtPrize organizers and WZZM 13, voicing her concerns about the competition.
Rombis is the curator of "Bridge to Humanity" an exhibit that did not make the top ten. She believes the top 25 most popular pieces announcement early-on, sent potential voters away from other pieces of work. "They had the impression that, those who were voters, that it was the only thing they could vote for, the top 25. We were toast. It was done," says Rombis.
ArtPrize says it used to post the top 25 the first day, but decided to give voters a few more days to explore all the pieces of work. Spokesperson Brian Burch says, "What we did this year is held back, so people were encouraged to explore, discover ArtPrize on their own, without anyone getting any information on what to see, or what to think."