A stunning look at ArtPrize Nine by Brian Kelly. Scored by the melodic hi-ker tune "Luckee", the film captures the heart of the international competition as it captivates the city of Grand Rapids through a series of intimate portraits of ArtPrize Nine Artists and their work.
ArtPrize Nine Highlights
- September 13-15
- September 16-19
- September 20-21
- September 22-24
- September 25-27
- September 28-30
- October 1-3
- October 4-6
Finalist Entries & Venues
Major Announcements of ArtPrize Nine
- ArtPrize Nine Public Vote Final 20 Announcement
- ArtPrize Nine Jurors' Shortlist Event
- Ninth Annual ArtPrize Awards
ArtPrize Studio Series at ArtPrize Nine
- The Art of Founders Brewing: We kicked off the 2017 ArtPrize Studio series with members of the Founders’ leadership team moderated by Todd Herring, ArtPrize Director of Creative and Communications — diving into their creative process and the evolution of their beer lineup.
- Jurors' Shortlist Event: Watch as the 2017 category award jurors each present and discuss a list of five nominees for their respective awards. The spirited event can be informative and infuriating -- depending on how you react to the opinions of the jurors.
- 5x5 Night: 5x5 Night, a monthly competition hosted by Start Garden since the organization’s inception in 2012, made its debut on the ArtPrize Studio stage. Five entrepreneurs, selected following an open call, pitched their business idea with the hope of winning a $5,000 prize. Each was given five minutes and five slides to pitch their idea to a panel of five judges and a live audience. The judges determined the winner, focusing on the validity of the ideas, the awareness of target markets, and the impact the $5,000 prize would have toward moving the businesses forward.
- Smart Cities Panel: As part of the hands-on education activities and programming in the STEAM Village, a lively discussion with leaders in the Smart Cities movement took the stage — highlighting what it means to be a truly “Smart City” and how art, design, technology and innovation are impacting innovation in cities like Grand Rapids and beyond. Panelists included Kristi Overgaard, Switch Chief Awesomeness Officer (CAO); Patti Poppe, Consumers Energy CEO; Mike Morin, Start Garden CEO; and Brian Seth Hurst, a Virtual Reality thought leader and innovator.
- Why These Finalists? Part 1: A panel of three art experts -- including Belinda Tate, executive director of the Kalamazoo Institute of Art in Kalamazoo; Jim Daichendt, dean of arts and humanities at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego; and Lizzie Whitington, visual arts curator at SXSW in Austin, TX -- discuss half of the public and juried finalists in the 2-D and Installation categories in a lively, humorous, and irreverent debate.
- Why These Finalists? Part 2: 'Why These Finalists?' continues with Justin Witte, curator and director of the Cleve Carney Art Gallery in Glen Ellyn, Illinois; Laura Ritchie, co-founder and director at The Carrack Modern Art in Durham, North Carolina; and Kulapat Yantrasat, founder of Why Architecture, which designed the Grand Rapids Art Museum -- discussing the public and juried finalists in the 3-D and Time-Based categories in a lively, humorous, and irreverent debate.
- FIRST Robotics Keynote: As a celebration of the participation of FIRST Robotics Competition teams at ArtPrize, Don Bossi, President of FIRST, gave a thought-provoking keynote address. He focused on the role that educators, parents, and business leaders have in safeguarding that all students — especially those who are underserved and underrepresented in STEAM — have equitable opportunities and pathways to success that ensure uniquely creative, diverse, and innovative career prospects.
Major Announcements of ArtPrize EIght
Critical Discourse at ArtPrize Eight
- Critical Discourse: ArtPrize Eight Jurors' Shortlist Event: Watch as the 2016 category award jurors each present and discuss a list of five nominees for their respective awards. The spirited event can be informative and infuriating -- depending on how you react to the opinions of the jurors.
- Critical Discourse: Why These Finalists? (2-D, Installation): A panel of three art experts -- including Chad Alligood, curator at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; Kristin Fleischmann, director of public projects at Pulitzer Arts Foundation; and Jerry Saltz, senior art critic for New York Magazine -- discuss half of the public and juried finalists in the 2-D and Installation categories in a lively, humorous, and irreverent debate.
- Critical Discourse: Why These Finalists? (3-D, Time-Based): 'Why These Finalists?' continues with Alice Gray Stites, Chief Curator at 21c Museum Hotels; Neil Barclay, Director of the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans; and Gregory Volk, art critic based in New York -- discussing the public and juried finalists in the 3-D and Time-Based categories in a lively, humorous, and irreverent debate.
Major Announcements of ArtPrize Seven
Critical Discourse at ArtPrize Seven
Watch each of the six events intended to be a platform for rigorous, intentional and transformative debate about art and why it matters.
- Critical Discourse: ArtPrize Seven Jurors' Shortlist Event: Watch as the 2015 category award jurors each present and discuss a list of five nominees for their respective awards, challenging perceptions and offering their unique perspectives on the landscape of entries drawn from expertise in their given category.
- Critical Discourse: Unapologetically Midwest: Artist-Run Art Spaces: Rather than flock to coastal art centers, these Midwestern artists fulfilled their need for institutional support by building new art spaces and exhibition programs within their own communities. Hear from the producers behind the most innovative artist-run art spaces in Detroit, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, and Grand Rapids.
- Critical Discourse: Future Color / Design Trends: Innovation & Impact: When engaging in today’s highly visual world, it's important to understand what is driving the most relevant color/design trends. How do color/design trends originate? What are the most meaningful color palette and style indicators? Where are they going in future? Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, color/design consultant, educator, forecaster, and author of nine books on color shares her insights and expertise.
- Critical Discourse: Reflecting the Times: Art & Activism: Art is always mirrored the times in which it is created. Sometimes artworks can become prophetic artifacts, an indication of what’s to come. This panel will provide a space for dialogue with esteemed artists rooted in both art and activism. Speakers address important contemporary social justice efforts such as #BlackLivesMatter, and how art is situated at the forefront of these movements.
- Critical Discourse: Why These Finalists? Parts 1 & 2: A panel of three art experts discuss half of the public and juried finalists -- in Part 1 from the 2-D and Installation categories, and in Part 2 from the 3-D and Time-Based categories -- in a lively, humorous, and irreverent debate. By further exploring the tension between public and expert approaches to assessing art, this series seeks to answer the titular question often uttered on each side of the debate.
- ArtPrize 2014 highlights
- Watch the 2014 Final 20 Announcement
- Watch the 2014 ArtPrize Awards
- Critical Discourse: 2014 Jurors' Shortlist Event
- Critical Discourse: Art, Disability, Bodies, Images
- Critical Discourse: NEW INC: Incubating Art & Tech
- Critical Discourse: ART21 Season 7 World Preview Screening Discussion
- Critical Discourse: Creative Approaches to Detroit: A Conversation with Design 99
- Critical Discourse: Why These Finalists? Part 1 & Part 2
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The Juried Grand Prize
Since it was founded in 2009, ArtPrize has received attention for its controversial $200,000 top prize determined solely by public vote.
Then, in 2012, ArtPrize made the unexpected and equally controversial move to add a $100,000 Juried Grand Prize to the total purse. This award would be decided by a panel of three internationally regarded art experts. The move was a critical success, and ArtPrize offered the prize again in 2013.
In these short films, director Brian Kelly shares the story behind the ArtPrize Juried Grand Prize.
- 2016: ArtPrize Eight Grand Prize Jurors Reflect on Juried Grand Prize Winner
- 2015: ArtPrize Seven Grand Prize Jurors Reflect on Juried Grand Prize Winner
- 2014: ArtPrize 2014 Grand Prize Jurors Reflect on Juried Grand Prize Winners
- 2013: ArtPrize 2013 Juried Grand Prize - Behind the Scenes
- 2012: The Juried Grand Prize - ArtPrize 2012