ArtPrize organizers said there are 1,524 entries from 45 states and 47 countries at 169 venues. It runs Sept. 18 to Oct. 6.
Artists compete for a combination of public votes and juried prizes to secure part of a prize pool of $560,000.
The public participates in two rounds of voting to distribute $360,000 of the prize money. First place receives $200,000, second $75,000, third $50,000, and fourth through 10th get $5,000 each.
In addition, professional jurors will distribute $200,000 in prize money to artists at their discretion.