Welcome to ArtPrize

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

ArtPrize is recognized as the most-attended public art event on the planet according to The Art Newspaper, and was recently highlighted in The New York Times’ 52 Places To Go in 2016

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 Eight will take place from September 21 to October 9, 2016.

What Makes ArtPrize Unique?

Participation Numbers

Year Entries Venues Registered Voters Votes Placed Visitors Prizes
2016 1,453 171 TBD TBD TBD $500K
2015 1,550 162 35,481 422,763 438,000+ $500K
2014 1,536 174 41,956 398,714 441,000+ $540K
2013 1,524 169 49,078 446,850 400,000 $560K
2012 1,517 161 47,160 412,560 375,000 $560K
2011 1,582 164 38,811 383,106 322,000 $494K
2010 1,713 192 44,912 465,538 250,000 $479K
2009 1,262 159 37,264 334,219 200,000 $449K
TOTALS 12,141 1,352 294,662 2.8MM 1.9MM $4.1MM

ArtPrize Eight Event Dates

September 14–20 Preview Week
September 21 Opening Day: Round 1 Voting Begins
September 26 Jurors' Shortlist Announced
October 1 Round 1 Voting Closes
October 2 Public Vote Final 20 Announced / Round 2 Voting Begins
October 6 Round 2 Voting Closes
October 7 Winners Announced at the 2016 ArtPrize Awards
October 9 Closing Day

ArtPrize Eight Important Dates

Venue Registration March 7 – April 7
Artist Registration April 18 – June 2
Connections April 25 – June 16

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 2015 ArtPrize Annual Report.

The Experience