Welcome to your ArtPrize Daily. The ArtPrize Daily exists to keep you in the loop — delivering the ArtPrize scoop to your inbox every morning during Preview Week and the 19-day event. It's a one-stop info package, offering a concise recap of the previous day's events, a look forward to the day ahead, and handy tips to help you make the most of your visit.

What's Happening Today at ArtPrize?

'String Theory' by Michelle Kliman at the city water building by the richard app gallery

Rosa Parks Circle @ 1 p.m.

Which 20 entries will wow visitors and secure a place alongside the category jurors' nominees as finalists? Round 1 Voting closed yesterday and now it's time to find out which entries prevailed! Join us for the Public Vote Final 20 Announcement powered by Consumers Energy, today at Rosa Parks Circle. All finalists will be revealed on the big screen, powered by LiveSpace, starting at 1 p.m.

Immediately following, don't miss the Community Celebration with Roosevelt Park, presented by the Cook Foundation. At 2:15p the event will kick off simultaneously at Rosa Parks Circle and Cultura Collective at Rumsey Street, featuring live music, a dance performance by Vizions, food trucks and more.

Looking for an easy way to travel between Cultura Collective at Rumsey Street and downtown? The DASH has you covered, running special service free of charge between Cultura Collective — Nominated for the Outstanding Venue Juried Award and host of two ArtPrize Nine Finalists — and Rosa Parks Circle from Noon-6 p.m. on Saturdays & Sundays during ArtPrize Nine. Catch the Shuttle at Rumsey and Grandville in the Roosevelt Park Neighborhood, and at Louis and Monroe, near Rosa Parks Circle downtown Grand Rapids.


  • Participate in a “Make a Mini-Collage” Hands-on Art Activity — Drop by Grand Valley Artists' studio and create a small art piece of your own! A variety of colorful materials will be supplied so that you can enjoy putting together a small collage for your refrigerator, bulletin board, a gift, etc. 
  • ArtPrize Labs: Artists Creating Together - Alphabet Soup — Families are invited to come together to create, experiment and have fun. Join Artists Creating Together (ACT) at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market for multiple sensory activities such as drawing, printmaking, and drum performances. All activities will be set up for people of all abilities to have fun and find success.
  • Sundance Grill’s 1st Annual ArtPrize Street Party — Enjoy a special menu during ArtPrize with craft cocktails and southwestern cuisine.
  • Fire Carnival & Show — Capn Nemo's Flaming Carnival is an interactive, event-based experience that creates a way for everyone to get involved in the magic. Make sure to bring your families out for family time, taking place from 2 to 5 pm., to enjoy carnival games such as ring-toss, operation, giant bubbles and more! Tonight, enjoy a flaming popcorn machine and interactive fire games (did someone say flaming skeeball?). 
  • ArtPrize Tours — Not quite sure where to start, or looking for a fresh new perspective on the annual event? Take a tour of ArtPrize Nine and our city with us! The ArtPrize Nine tour, produced by the ArtPrize team, has been specifically designed to draw your attention not only to artwork that is entered into the 2017 event, but also iconic artworks that are permanent to the city of Grand Rapids.
  • Moosejaw “Nappetizers — Stop by Rosa Parks Circle to experience Moosejaw's “Nappetizers." Once you take a nap mid-air, you'll never want to go back to ground-napping.

Check out our events calendar — both online and on the mobile app — for a complete list of activities taking place in Grand Rapids.


Round 2 Voting, presented by Meijer, will open at 2 p.m. today! It’s a new round of voting with 40 Finalists competing for your vote. Round 2 Voting will be open through October 5 at 11:59 p.m.

At the end of Round 2 voting, the Artist Entry with the most Round 2 votes in each category will win their $12,500 public vote category award. The Finalist with the most Round 2 votes overall will be awarded the $200,000 Public Vote Grand Prize. Learn more about how to vote here.

Featured Upcoming Events: 

'Society of 23's Locker Dressing Room' by Jeffrey Augustine Songco at the city water building by the richard app gallery (Juried Award Finalist)

ArtPrize Studio @ HUB/HQ | 7 p.m. EDT (Doors close at 6:45 p.m.) 

Join the live studio audience at the ArtPrize Studio @ HUB/HQ on October 2 and 3, as a panel of three art experts discuss half of the finalist artist entries ― including those selected by public vote and the category jurors ― in a lively, humorous, and irreverent debate, further exploring the tension between public and expert approaches to assessing art, and seek to answer the burning questions often asked on each side of the debate.

October 2 will discuss 2-D and Installation finalists, featuring Jim Daichendt, Dean of Arts and Humanities at Point Loma Nazarene University; Belinda Tate, Executive Director of Kalamazoo Institute of Art; and Lizzie Whitington, Visual Arts Curator at SXSW―will discuss the 2-D and Installation finalists. 

October 3 will focus on 3-D and Time-Based finalists, featuring Justin Witte, Curator and Director at Cleve Carney Art Gallery; Laura Ritchie, Co-founder and Director at The Carrack Modern Art; and Kulapat Yantrasast, founder of wHY Architecture―will examine finalist entries in the 3-D and Time-Based categories. 

Can't make it in person? Not to worry. Our friends at WOOD TV8 will be broadcasting each event live.

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ArtPrize Studio @ HUB/HQ | 7 p.m. EDT 

As a celebration of the participation of FIRST Robotics Competition teams at ArtPrize, Don Bossi, President of FIRST, will give a thought-provoking keynote address in the ArtPrize Studio. 

Bossi will focus 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. Admission is free and open to the public. 

20 Monroe Live | Awards Ceremony, 7:30 p.m. | ArtPrize After Dark, 9 p.m.

Find out which artist entries will take home part of the $500,000 in cash prizes — awarded equally by public vote and expert jury. The two-time Emmy Award-nominated ArtPrize Awards Ceremony, powered by DTE Energy Foundation, will be broadcast live on NBC affiliate WOOD TV8, starting at 7:30 p.m. Todd Herring, ArtPrize Director of Creative and Communications and long-time River City Improv comedian, will return as host of the ceremony alongside returning house band, ONEFREQ. Tickets to the ceremony, plus ArtPrize After Dark, are now on sale for just $9.99 — but get yours quick because they're going fast.

Immediately following the announcement of the $200,000 Public Vote and Juried Grand Prize winners, the floor at 20 Monroe Live will transform from a TV studio-style audience, clearing the floor for ArtPrize After Dark, presented by LIFEWTR. Detroit-based band ONEFREQ will kick off the evening with a soulful set, followed immediately by headlining artist, Maségo. Get tickets while they last!

#ArtPrize9 Images of the Day:

ArtPrize Nine is underway and all 1,346 entries are picture perfect ready! Above is a snapshot of the work that has contributed to the transformation of Grand Rapids — shot by these Instagrammers:

 Interested in the chance to be featured? Share your ArtPrize Nine experience on Instagram with our official hashtag — #ArtPrize9. Simple as that!

Yesterday at ArtPrize:

With our newly minted ArtPrize + programming, you can experience ArtPrize in a whole new way! Stopping by the city water building by richard app gallery, we were able to capture attendees enjoying 60 minutes of Funky Buddha Yoga while surrounded by ArtPrize Nine entries. Join in on the fun and register for upcoming ArtPrize+ here.

Creativity was at an all-time high today in Rosa Parks Circle as we walked right into ArtPrize Labs Studio activity, Drawing Experiments, in collaboration with Newell Brands. Visitors of all ages worked together to color a huge marker mural while also participating in collaborative drawing activities. By drawing and coloring, everyone was able to bring ideas to life, sparked by their boundless imaginations.  

Yesterday was the conclusion of the HopCat WYCE Blue Bridge Music Festival. Music from all genres filled the streets of Grand Rapids from day until night as each group gave it their all to earn the honor of being awarded the 'ArtPrize Song of the Year' and a $1,000 cash prize, presented by HopCat. Yesterday, crowds heard from Brad Fritcher Moods, Asamu Johnson & The Associates of the Blues, Jesse Ray & The Carolina Catfish, Watching For Foxes, The Great Ones (pictured immediately below) — who took home the coveted Song of the Year title at the end of the night.

For Kids of All Ages: 

Calling all artists! ArtPrize offers an array of FREE activities for families and kids of all ages to participate in. ArtPrize Labs provides hands-on activities and creative experimenting through daily and drop-in activities, events, and programs produced by leading cultural organizations. ArtPrize Labs is sponsored by Grand Valley State University, Herman Miller Cares, and Switch.

  • ArtPrize Studio — Unleash your creative spirit and stop by the ArtPrize Labs Studio at the HUB/HQ for creative activities that are fun for all ages. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. through October 8.
  • STEAM Village Learning Lab — Art meets technology at the 2017 iteration of STEAM Village — where schools and visitors of all ages are invited to drop by our unique learning lab experience. Powered by Switch, the STEAM Village hosts a variety of activities including experimenting with robots, drawing with 3D pens, experiencing virtual reality and more! The STEAM Village Lab is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. through October 8. 
  • ArtPrize Labs Mobile Workshop — Stop by Cultura Collective from Noon-6 p.m. to check out the ArtPrize Labs Mobile Workshop sponsored by Herman Miller Cares, and participate in creating pop-up art-making activities with repurposed materials.
  • Youth Collaboration Award — The Youth Collaboration Award, sponsored by Western Michigan University, gives K-12 students a platform to exhibit their work for thousands of ArtPrize visitors (that’s you!) to view. For the first time ever, ArtPrize Nine will feature 26 student-driven collaborative entries from schools across the state of Michigan. To find all Youth Collaboration Award entries, click here! 

ArtPrize News: 

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Support ArtPrize:

ArtPrize is a nonprofit organization. Your support helps the event thrive year-over-year, elevating the artists, venues and educators that create a world-class exhibition and generate learning opportunities for all.

Below are a couple ways you can support ArtPrize this fall and year-round:

  • Membership: Join our ArtClub membership program and get insider access to the event as well as perks year-round, or become an ArtFan to provide support for critical ArtPrize programs that serve the social good.
  • Retail Sales: Stop by the ArtPrize HUB/HQ or your local Meijer Store to pick up ArtPrize Nine merchandise, including commemorative clothing, pint glasses and mugs, the inaugural ArtPrize Magazine 'Public Notice,' and more. You can also shop many items online.
  • Volunteering: Join the nearly 1,000 volunteers who step forward to welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors to ArtPrize each fall. We couldn't do it without you.

Thanks to Our Sponsors:

Support from our corporate sponsors represented our largest source of revenue in 2016, accounting for 56% of ArtPrize’s $3.6 million operating budget. This support, combined with individual membershipretail sales and more makes ArtPrize possible each year.

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