The art is chosen by an independent juror, typically a museum curator, from those pieces submitted to the competition.
AiPP is funded by donations from the citizens of Bristol, TN, and Bristol, VA; area businesses; and foundations.
To quote Jonathan Fanton, president of the MacArthur Foundation, "There is no better indicator of the spiritual health of our city, its neighborhoods, and the larger region than the state of the arts. Arts deepen our understanding of the human spirit, extend our capacity to comprehend the lives of others, allow us to imagine a more just and humane world. Through their diversity of feeling, their variety of form, their multiplicity of inspiration, the arts make our culture richer and more reflective."