In years past ArtPrize has been nothing but a source of anxiety for myself. Last year, I didn't even attend my venue as I was treated rather poorly by the venue coordinator. If it wasn't for being the photo editor of The Collegiate this year, I wouldn't have gone out at all, but having a mission and a camera in hand makes it enjoyable.
Though I am critical of ArtPrize because of the sheer size of it, I was blown away that my work was made a Curator Pick by Joel Zwart on ArtPrize.org. You hear me right, I'm now "Critically Acclaimed Artist, Jonathan D. Lopez" (this is now a meme at the office...). I'm truly honored to be recognized at all among the 1,500 entries.
Evidently, I made it on a second curated list by Nathan Kelmer as well!