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.

ArtPrize Seven will take place September 23 – October 11, 2015

What Makes ArtPrize Unique?

Participation Numbers

  2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 Total
Entries 1,554 1,536 1,524 1,517 1,582 1,713 1,262 10,688
Venues 162 174 169 161 164 192 159 1,181
Registered Voters TBD 41,956 49,078 47,160 38,811 44,912 37,264 259,181
Votes Placed TBD 398,714 446,850 412,560 383,106 465,538 334,219 2.4MM
Visitors TBD 441,000+ 400,000 375,000 322,000 250,000 200,000 1.9MM
Prizes $500K $540K $560K $560K $494K $479K $449K $3.6MM

ArtPrize 2015 Event Dates

September 23 Opening Day: Round 1 Voting Begins
September 28 Jurors' Shortlist Announced
October 3 Round 1 Voting Closes
October 4 Public Vote Finalists Announced / Round 2 Voting Begins
October 8 Round 2 Voting Closes
October 9 Winners Announced at the 2015 ArtPrize Awards
October 11 Closing Day

ArtPrize Seven Important Dates

Venue Registration March 9 – April 9
Artist Registration April 20 – June 4
Connections April 28 – June 18

Future ArtPrize Dates

Mark your calendars! Here's when ArtPrize will be happening through 2025.

2016 September 21 – October 9
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

Check out the current ArtPrize Annual Report.

The Experience