Welcome to ArtPrize

ArtPrize® is a radically open, independently organized international art competition and a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

For 19 days, three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, become an open playing field 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, 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.

What Makes ArtPrize Unique?

The Prizes

  Public Vote Awards Juried Awards
Grand Prize $200,000 $200,000
Two-dimensional $20,000 $20,000
Three-dimensional $20,000 $20,000
Time-based $20,000 $20,000
Installation $20,000 $20,000

The jury also presents a $20,000 award for Outstanding Venue.

Participation Numbers

  2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 Total

Entries

1,537 1,524 1,517 1,582 1,713 1,262 9,135
Venues 174 169 161 164 192 159 1,019
Registered Voters TBD 49,078 47,160 38,811 44,912 37,264 217,225
Votes Placed TBD 446,850 412,560 383,106 465,538 334,219 2MM
Visitors TBD 400,000 375,000 322,000 250,000 200,000 1.5MM
Prizes $560K $560K $560K $494K $479K $449K $3.1MM

ArtPrize 2014 Event Dates

September 24 Opening Day: Round 1 Voting Begins at Noon
September 29 Juried Awards Shortlist Nominees Announced
October 4 Round 1 Voting Closes at 11:59 p.m.
October 5 Public Vote Finalists Announced at 1:00 p.m. / Round 2 Voting Begins at 2 p.m.
October 9 Round 2 Voting Closes at 11:59 p.m.
October 10 Winners Announced at the 2014 ArtPrize Awards at 8:00 p.m.
October 12 Closing Day: Venues Close at 6:00 p.m.

The Annual Report

Download a .pdf of the current ArtPrize Annual Report (1.25MB)

The Experience