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 on 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?


ArtPrize Nine officially opens TODAY, and we're just as excited as you are to witness the ninth annual event unfold! Tonight, be a part of the festivities ringing in the ArtPrize season at Rosa Parks Circle — get the details below. Also, keep your eyes peeled and ears open for not-to-miss events and happenings at Venues taking place throughout ArtPrize Nine.


  • ArtPrize Nine Opening Day Ceremony  Tonight is the night! Head down to Rosa Parks Circle to celebrate the open of ArtPrize Nine with us. Starting at 7 p.m., we'll be ringing in our ninth season with the help of our friends at the Grand Valley State University Marching Band & Dance Company, Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, and so much more. It's going to be epic. Can't make it in person? Not to worry — WOOD TV8 will be broadcasting much of the merriment live.
  • 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.  
  • ArtPrize On Screen presents "DINA" — Commencing a week full of cinematic creativity today at 7:30 p.m. is  "Dina," winner of the Grand Jury Prize: U.S. Documentary at Sundance Film Festival. For this screening, Celebration! Cinema continues its collaboration with DisArt, a local arts organization committed to using contemporary art to stimulate dialogues about disability and its place in culture. "Dina" will be preceded by Michigan-made short film, “It Ain’t Over”, directed by Karl Keolling. Reserve your tickets online and pick them up at Will Call at the Ladies' Literary Club (61 Sheldon Blvd SE 49503, next to ArtPrize HUB/HQ).
  • ArtPrize Clubhouse Chats — This season we are turning things up at the Clubhouse. Join us for "Clubhouse Chats" where we invite artists and program providers to stop by and give us an inside look at various parts of ArtPrize. Learn about events for kids, artist entries, how museums are embracing ArtPrize and more! "Clubhouse Chats" are a program exclusive for ArtPrize Nine Badgeholders, including members, artists, venues, sponsors, volunteers and media. Not yet a badgeholder? Join ArtClub! Sign up online or stop by the Clubhouse to sign up in person (50 Louis St NW 49503 on the 7th floor, open daily 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.).
  • Honda Design & Drive Art Contest — Drop by Rosa Parks circle to watch six artists transform Honda vehicles with their unique designs in this on-going challenge. Be sure to note your favorites, as West Michigan Honda Dealers will open up a public vote to select the winning design on September 25.

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


Round 1 Voting, presented by Meijer, opens today at Noon! You'll have until Midnight on September 30 to cast your votes for your favorites from among the 1,346 eligible artist entries. During Round 1, every entry at every Venue in the ArtPrize District is in the running for the big prizes. See as much art as humanly possible and vote for the artwork you think deserves a spot in the Public Vote Final 20. Download the ArtPrize mobile app today to preview entries and sign up to vote.

Featured Upcoming Events: 


ArtPrize On Screen, presented by the Michigan Film & Digital Media Office and produced by Celebration! Cinema, is back for another year with 13 new narrative, documentary and short films. The series kicks off today and runs through Saturday, September 23. Each feature will be preceded by a Michigan-made short film curated by the UICA’s Open Projector Night Series.

Get complete details + tickets at artprize.org/film, and join us this week at the Ladies' Literary Club located at 61 Sheldon Blvd SE, next door to the ArtPrize HUB/HQ.


Enjoy a cold Green Zebra, the Official Beer of ArtPrize Nine, amongst friends at the first ArtPrize Studio Series event of 2017. Taking the stage at ArtPrize HUB/HQ will be members of the Founders Brewing Co. leadership team moderated by Todd Herring, ArtPrize Director of Creative and Communications — diving into their creative process and the evolution of their beer lineup. Stick around after the event for the one-time-only event, STEAM Village After Dark. Founders + Robots = the perfect evening. Reserve your tickets!

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The African American Art and Music Celebration returns in 2017 with a three-day festival that will immerse the community in exceptional art, delightful live music, dance and entertainment, and scrumptious food reflecting the many aspects of our diverse community. Your taste buds will be tantalized while you are being transcended by the art and music!

#ArtPrize9 Images of the Day:

Artist installations for ArtPrize Nine continued through yesterday across Grand Rapids. Above is snapshot of the work that's been going up over the last few days — 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:

Yesterday, we toured around the ArtPrize district on the final day of Preview Week to check out the artist installation action. And what a busy day it was!

As we were strolling by the Gillett Bridge, we ran into Erika Nelson having a ton of fun installing her ArtPrize Nine entry 'Superlative Circus Wagon Sideshow Extravaganza.' ​ Nelson installed three Circus Wagons along the bridge, each featuring miniature hand-made versions of iconic local monuments — like Alexander Calder’s 'La Grand Vitesse' and Nina Akamu’s 'American Horse.'

Taking center stage at the Calder Plaza, alongside Alexander Calder's 'La Grand Vitesse,' is where we found 'Everything is Happening Right Here.'  Artists Justin Langlois & Hiba Abdallah built the aluminum scaffold with the help of ICON Sign, to create the foundation for the entitled phrase which comments on our understanding of “place.”

Circling back to the Grand River, we found Ann Hirsch and Jeremy Angier working collaboratively to install their entry 'SOS' (Safety Orange Swimmers). Each of the 22 bright orange manequins represents 1 million individuals affected by the refugee crisis.

And finally, we stopped by the ArtPrize Clubhouse to drop in on yesterday's Artist Week event, Creative Engagement —- facilitated by Creative Many — to listen in on the discussions, exploring the role of creative practitioners in the public sphere. 

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 to 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. 

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 ArtPrie 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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