Welcome to ArtPrize
ArtPrize® is an open, independently organized international art competition and a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
For 19 days in the early fall, around 400,000 attendees descend upon three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan where anyone can find a voice in the conversation about what is art and why it matters. Art from around the world pops up in every inch of downtown in over 160 venues—museums, galleries, bars, restaurants, theaters, hotels, public parks, lobbies, buildings, walls, bridges, laundromats, and auto body shops—and it’s all free and open to the public.
It’s unorthodox, highly disruptive, and undeniably intriguing to the art world and the public alike.
ArtPrize Nine will take place from September 20 to October 8, 2017.
What Makes ArtPrize Unique?
- Open Call for Artists and Venues : Anyone over the age of 18 can be an artist and any space within the ArtPrize district can be a venue. Anyone can participate.
- Independently Organized : The entire ArtPrize exhibition is independently organized by venues and artists who connect through artprize.org.
- Public Vote and Juried Awards: Two $200,000 grand prizes and eight category awards, more than $500,000 is awarded. Half decided by public vote, and half decided by a jury of art experts.
- Mission & Guiding Principles: Read the ArtPrize mission statement and learn more about the principles that guide our work here.
|Year||Entries||Venues||Registered Voters||Votes Placed||Visitors||Prizes|
ArtPrize Nine Event Dates
|September 13–19||Preview Week|
|September 20||Opening Day: Round 1 Voting Begins|
|September 25||Jurors' Shortlist Announced|
|September 30||Round 1 Voting Closes|
|October 1||Public Vote Final 20 Announced / Round 2 Voting Begins|
|October 5||Round 2 Voting Closes|
|October 6||Winners Announced at the 2017 ArtPrize Awards|
|October 8||Closing Day|
ArtPrize Nine Important Dates
|Venue Registration||March 6–April 6|
|Artist Registration||April 17–June 8|
|Connections||April 26–June 22|
Future ArtPrize Dates
Mark your calendars! Here's when ArtPrize will be happening through 2025.
|2017||September 20-October 8|
|2018||September 19–October 7|
|2019||September 18–October 6|
|2020||September 16–October 4|
|2021||September 15–October 3|
|2022||September 21–October 9|
|2023||September 20–October 8|
|2024||September 18–October 6|
|2025||September 17–October 5|
The Annual Report
The following films are moving portraits of ArtPrize in Grand Rapids by Brian Kelly. The films capture the heart of the international competition and city-wide exhibition through a series of intimate portraits of ArtPrize Artists and their work.