We are proud to announce the release of our new, five-year retrospective book: 

ARTPRIZE: How a Radically Open Competition Transformed a City and Changed the Way We Think About Art 

Featuring photography by Brian Kelly and essays by Rick DeVos, founder and chairman of  ArtPrize, Adam Lerner, director and chief animator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, and Dustin Dwyer, reporter with Michigan Radio, the book tells the unique story of the ArtPrize event, capturing the energy and enthusiasm that inhabits each year of the competition. 
 
“The ArtPrize story is very much about the transformation of Grand Rapids and its people, and how the wild ideas of thousands of artists can help us see our world from entirely new perspectives,” said Rick DeVos. “It has been exciting and gratifying to see the world come together and engage with one another over the creative actions of thousands of artists. The book is a record of their efforts and how we’ve changed each other.” 
 
Edited by Ben Mitchell, the book’s essays capture the enduring questions that lie at the heart  of ArtPrize. Questions such as: How should art be judged, and who should judge it? Who gets to be an artist? What happens to a city and its people when art invades? Dwyer’s essay tracks the history and local reaction to ArtPrize through the years while Adam Lerner presents ArtPrize within the global historical context of contemporary art and culture. 
 
"ArtPrize revives the longstanding American search for democratic art institutions,” said Lerner. “It is the latest expression of a centuries old debate about how art can and should reach audiences." 
 
To bring ArtPrize to life in print, the book relies on the photography of Brian Kelly, who has documented every event since its launch. 
 
“ArtPrize is an inherently visual experience, and illustrating its story for the past five years has been a career highlight,” said Kelly. “It is an honor to pair hundreds of images with the illuminating essays that show the connections between art, people and the city.” 
 
The ArtPrize book is available for purchase for $35 at select retailers and at store.artprize.org starting May 1. It will be featured and available for exclusive pre-sale during the ArtPrize Premiere Event on Wednesday, April 23. 
 

By Todd Herring on