GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Sept. 9, 2014 – ArtPrize, the radically open, international art competition, today announced plans for its 2014 hospitality spaces. The ArtPrize Clubhouse and ArtPrize HUB are designed to serve as touchpoints within the ArtPrize district, where visitors and contributors can relax, connect, and learn during the 19-day event this fall.

The ArtPrize Clubhouse

The ArtPrize Clubhouse, presented by Wolverine Worldwide, will offer a relaxed environment overlooking the throngs of ArtPrize spectators strolling Monroe Center, around the GRAM, and in Rosa Parks Circle. The ArtPrize Clubhouse provides ArtClub and ArtFan members—as well as credentialed Artists, Venues, Sponsors, and Media—an exclusive place to meet, mingle, network, make connections, and forge friendships during the 19-day event.

At the ArtPrize Clubhouse, credentialed guests will encounter an elegant, customized lounge complete with comfortable seating areas, a bar featuring beverages from ArtPrize sponsors like Founders and Heineken, a selection of complimentary refreshments, and free WiFi. There will also be a menu service from downtown restaurant Tre Cugini. The 2014 Clubhouse, located at CWD Real Estate’s Ledyard Building at 125 Ottawa Ave NW in downtown Grand Rapids, will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sundays.

“Wolverine Worldwide has been a supporter of ArtPrize since its inception, and our sponsorship of the ArtPrize Clubhouse is a meaningful way for our company and our Wolverine team members to get involved,” commented Christi Cowdin, Director of Corporate Communication and VP of the Wolverine Worldwide Foundation. “As one of the nerve centers of the event, the venue’s spirit of bringing the ArtPrize community together—something with which we are quite familiar and put into practice daily with our 16 global lifestyle brands—intrigued us as we focus on forging meaningful connections with our consumers. We could not be more excited to celebrate another year of ArtPrize, and we are glad to support this keystone event that helps make West Michigan a great place to live, work and play.”

The Clubhouse serves to promote critical dialogue and collaboration during ArtPrize, offering a comfortable space and the opportunity for these challenging and inspiring conversations to unfold. Additionally, the ArtPrize 2014 Clubhouse will play host to a series of community events designed to foster new relationships and welcome a more diverse audience to the sixth annual event than ever before. These events will include the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce OutPro and Multiracial Association of Professionals events, Venue and City Mixers, and receptions for ArtPrize Corporate Sponsors such as XS energy drink and BDO.

“We are excited about the potential the Clubhouse has to provide a comfortable space for our key partners and friends to connect and share about their different experiences at ArtPrize,” said Amelea Pegman, ArtPrize director of community engagement. “We saw unique and lasting relationships form in the Clubhouse in 2013 and look forward to another year of welcoming the ArtPrize community in. The best conversations around art happen when the ArtPrize audience truly reflects the diversity of our community, and the Clubhouse offers a lovely space to welcome new groups and ignite the conversations that are so unique to ArtPrize.”

The ArtPrize HUB

The ArtPrize HUB is the perfect place for visitors to begin their ArtPrize 2014 journey. This year, the HUB—located at 41 Sheldon Blvd—will serve as the ArtPrize retail space, central meeting place, and site of the ArtPrize soundstage.

For the duration of the event, the soundstage at the ArtPrize HUB will transform into a TV-studio style atmosphere for the launch of Critical Discourse. This “event within an event” will kick off on September 29 with the Juror’s Shortlist Event, and continues until October 7 with a series of six hosted talks and panel discussions, culminating in the two-part finale ‘Why These Finalists?’.

At the HUB,  ArtPrize visitors will be able to register to vote, get comprehensive assistance from on-site ArtPrize concierges, browse and purchase ArtPrize 2014 merchandise, and view the work of previous ArtPrize 2012 and 2013 winners, Adonna Khare and Ann Loveless, respectively. Khare’s piece “Elephants,” is an enormous and intensely detailed graphite drawing. Loveless’s “Sleeping Bear Dune Lakeshore,” is an elaborate quilt depicting the famous portion of Michigan’s lakeshore. Both will be on display in the soundstage.

These artworks will also be available to view during the ArtPrize HUB Grand Opening event, presented by Huntington Bank. This event will take place September 20 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon EDT, and will offer ArtPrize enthusiasts an early opportunity to become a registered voter for ArtPrize 2014. The HUB retail store will also be open at this event, stocked with new ArtPrize 2014 merchandise.

“ArtPrize has always been a very decentralized event. The HUB is a great space for people to come and figure out ‘How do I ArtPrize?’,” said Dave DeBoer, ArtPrize director of operations. “It transforms into a huge center for conversation, a really fun place to be—you can feel the excitement around the space among people discussing and debating art.”

The ArtPrize HUB will be open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. EDT Monday through Saturday, and 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EDT on Sundays.

Pop-up Park

ArtPrize 2014 will once again offer a Pop-up Park, designed by Landscape Design Services and presented by Universal Forest Products. The Pop-up Park will be located outside the ArtPrize HUB and will take over the West side of Sheldon Boulevard.

Created to provide visitors with a temporary green space to relax in during the event, the Pop-up Park will host a Story Time event every Saturday and Sunday from Noon to 2:00 p.m., with stories coordinated through a partnership with the Grand Rapids Public Library. Stories will be art themed and most suitable for children ages 0 – 7 years. The Pop-up Park will also have a quiet area where children can sit, relax, and access a range of books to read.

ArtPrize 2014 will run from September 24 to October 12 in downtown Grand Rapids.

ABOUT ARTPRIZE

ArtPrize is an international art competition, open to any artist and decided by public vote. It invites artists to try out new ideas on a large and diverse population of people. It seeks to broaden the critical dialogue around contemporary art by awarding the world’s largest art prize, at $560,000. Registered artists and venues connect online at artprize.org and agree to present the artwork for public display during the 19-day event. The public votes using mobile devices and the web to distribute $260,000, while an additional $300,000 in juried awards are decided by a group of international art experts. ArtPrize 2014 will include 1,536 entries representing 51 countries and 42 U.S. states and territories. ArtPrize 2013 attracted more than 400,000 active participants. Since its inception, individuals of all backgrounds have cast more than 1.7 million votes for public art.

ArtPrize is made possible in part through the generous support of many organizations. Corporate Premier Leadership sponsors include Amway, Founders Brewing Company, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Meijer, PNC Bank and The Rapid. Leadership sponsors include Consumers Energy, CWD Real Estate Investment, Deloitte, Haworth, The Iserv Company, Steelcase Inc., and Wolverine Worldwide.

Leading Foundation Supporters include The Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation, The Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation, The Douglas and Maria DeVos Foundation, The Frey Foundation, Grand Rapids Community Foundation, and The VanderWeide Family Foundation.

MLive Media Group is the Official Provider of the 2014 ArtPrize Event Guide. WOOD TV8 is the Official Broadcast Media Partner of ArtPrize.

The Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation is the Founding Sponsor of ArtPrize.

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