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?


After a fun-filled 17 days of ArtPrize Nine, the winners of $500,000 in cash prizes have finally been announced! You viewed the art, you analyzed the art, and you voted for the art; and those votes have spoken. At last nights ArtPrize Awards Ceremony, powered by the DTE Energy Foundation, Richard Schlatter took home the $200,000 Public Vote Grand Prize presented by Meijer, for his entry A. Lincoln at Amway Grand Plaza. Seitu Jones won the $200,000 Juried Grand Prize presented by Kendall College of Art and Design for The Heartside Community Meal. And for the second time in ArtPrize history, a single artist took home both a public vote and juried award — Rena Detrixhe, Pitch Night Bentonville winner, took home $25,000 for Red Dirt Rug Monument at WMU Grand Rapids, winning the Time-Based Public Vote and Juried Category Awards. View a full list of the ArtPrize Nine winners on our website and Facebook page! 

The ArtPrize Awards may be over, but ArtPrize Nine is still underway! Luckily, there are still two fun-filled days left and all ArtPrize Nine venues will remain open through the weekend, until Sunday, October 8 at 6 p.m. — giving you plenty of time to see the winners and anything else you might discover along the way.

Can't make it down to Grand Rapids before the closing of ArtPrize Nine? No problem! Take a virtual 3-D tour of our ArtPrize Nine hospitality spaces and Featured Public Project entries, from wherever you are, thanks to our friends at Perspective 3-D. Coming soon, there will be virtual 3-D tours of the ArtPrize Nine category and grand prize winners! 


  • Kids' Food Basket Bag Decorating  — Unleash your creativity and join Kids' Food Basket in Rosa Parks Circle to help decorate brown paper bags. Decorated sack lunches provide well-rounded, nutritious meals for children in need, while also brightening their day.
  • Observe Live Model Figure Sketch — Grand Valley Artists, Inc. invites you to observe a Live Model Sketch in their studio.
  • Miniature Origami Folding Demonstration — When people ask "How do you make them so tiny?," Artist Stacie Tamaki shows people exactly how she folds miniature origami models from 1.5" squares of paper. She will be demonstrating the folding of her tiny paper cranes and butterflies inside the front window at the Grand Central Market and Deli.
  • FREE Drop-In DIY Day- Make a Felted Necklace! — Join Parliament the Boutique for a DIY Drop-In craft day at the Parliament Studios, and learn to make a simple felted bead necklace from wool with Megan Roach, local fiber artist and co-founder of Parliament the Boutique.

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

#ArtPrize9 Images of the Day:

We're having a blast sharing the pictures you've been posting on Instagram! Each picture has a story and we love that ArtPrizers, from near and far, take pride in spreading the word about the ninth annual event. With that being said, keep the pictures coming! 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:

Last night was the night Artists and ArtPrizers have been waiting for since Day 1 — the Ninth Annual ArtPrize Awards! Tension and excitement filled the air as the evening led up to the announcement of the five $12,500 category winners and finally, the two $200,000 Grand Prize winners.

Before the ceremony, attendees enjoyed a pre-party with Founders Brewing Co. — enjoying their craft beer and getting amped up to see the ArtPrize Nine winners! As the ceremony was underway, tons of ArtPrize supporters filled Rosa Parks Circle for the public viewing party, broadcast live by NBC affiliate WOOD TV8, despite the rain. Immediately following the ceremony, the crowd stayed at 20 Monroe Live to celebrate all things ArtPrize by listening to the smooth sounds of ONEFREQ and Maségo, drinking, dancing and, ultimately, enjoying the exuberant atmosphere, at ArtPrize After Dark presented by LIFEWTR.

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 Rosa Parks Circle from 3-7 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: 

With so many amazing things happening during the ninth annual event, see who's talking about ArtPrize and what they said:

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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