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?

The first weekend of ArtPrize Nine is underway, and there's tons to see and do. It's going to be a bit of a scorcher out there, but don't let that discourage you from getting your ArtPrize on!

While there is plenty of amazing work to explore in the heart of downtown, you won't want to miss Rumsey Street — an off-the-beaten venue formerly home to SiTE:LAB in 2015 and 2016, now under the insightful leadership of The Cultura Collective, co-winners of the Outstanding Venue Juried Award in 2016. Their ArtPrize Nine exhibition, (UN)DOCUMENTED / (IN)DOCUMENTADO is focused on honoring and documenting narratives that are crucial to the fabric of the neighborhood as it currently exists, working to maintain the cultural and historic elements of a community during major change. And what better day than today, when there's a free DASH Shuttle that will ferry you between Rosa Parks Circle and Rumsey Street from Noon-6p!

It's going to be another hot, sunny day, but don't let that stop you from ArtPrizing! Follow our Rainy Day Experience Guide to guide you through air-conditioned buildings. Stay hydrated with Water Share, presented by Spectrum Health, by filling up your reusable water-bottle at participating venues. Visit the ArtPrize Clubhouse to cool down while enjoying a free drink and snacks.  


  • 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 HUB/HQ is Open — Visit the HUB/HQ presented by Steelcase, to start your ArtPrize adventure. Here, you'll find a friendly volunteer that can make sure you’re ready to vote for your favorite entries, help you map your unique ArtPrize route, equip you with one of our new Experience Guides (like the Family Experience Guide!) and an enhanced Metro Pass, give you your free ArtPrize Event Guide and help you make the most of your ArtPrize experience. 
  • African American Art & Music Festival — Make your way down to Calder Plaza because today is the last day of the African American Art and Music Celebration! The festival 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Origami Folding Demonstration — Artist Stacie Tamaki will be demonstrating how to fold tiny origami cranes at the Grand Central Market and Deli.
  • 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 in Grand Rapids.


Round 1 Voting, presented by Meijer, opened this week. You'll have until Midnight on September 30 to cast your votes for your favorites from among the 1,346 eligible artist entries. Cast your first vote at ArtPrize, then vote from anywhere in the world. Learn more about voting at artprize.org/vote.

Don't miss the Jurors' Shortlist Event next week Monday, September 25 — when the Category Jurors announce their top picks, including 20 of the finalist entries that will move on to Round 2 Voting. Join the live studio audience at the ArtPrize Studio at HUB/HQ. Be sure to arrive early! Doors close at 6:45 p.m. and seats fill up quickly. Can't make it in person? Not to worry — you can watch live on WOOD TV8 starting at 7 p.m.


Featured Upcoming Events: 

ArtPrize Studio @ HUB/HQ | 7 p.m. EDT

Brooke Anderson, Museum Director at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, will take to the ArtPrize Studio stage to share the origins of Prospect New Orleans, the largest triennial of contemporary art in the U.S. — where she served as Executive Director for four years. Under her leadership, Prospect New Orleans shifted from a biennial to a triennial, and she oversaw the development of Prospect.3 in 2015, which was met with critical acclaim and was seen by nearly 100,000 people. In her ArtPrize keynote address, Anderson will explore how partnerships and collaborations established and encouraged the triennial’s audience.

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ArtPrize Studio @ HUB/HQ | 7 p.m. EDT

As part of the hands-on education activities and programming in the STEAM Village, a lively discussion with leaders in the Smart Cities movement will take the stage — highlighting what it means to be a truly “Smart City” and how art, design, technology and innovation are impacting innovation in cities like Grand Rapids and beyond. Panelists include Kristi Overgaard, Switch Chief Awesomeness Officer (CAO); Patti Poppe, Consumers Energy CEO; Mike Morin, Start Garden CEO; and Brian Seth Hurst, a Virtual Reality thought leader and innovator.

Blue Bridge | Fri. 4p-11p | Sat. Noon-11p

The second annual ‘HopCat WYCE Blue Bridge Music Festival’ brings the energy of live performance to the ArtPrize night scene. The Blue Bridge—organized by Quinn Matthews, Station Manager WYCE 88.1FM — will once again play host to all things music at ArtPrize Nine. Held September 29 and 30,  the festival promises two epic days and nights of FREE musical entertainment featuring musicians and bands from across the country — competing for the ‘ArtPrize Song of the Year’ award.

#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:

To start off the day, we paid a visit to Heartside Park to witness ArtPrize Nine entry 'The HeARTside Community Meal' by Seitu Jones, in full effect. Welcoming over 250 neighbors to a 300’ long table in Heartside Park, attendees were able to indulge in engaging conversation while eating a healthy, locally-grown meal.

The sun didn't stop us from making our rounds throughout downtown! We made our way to the Roosevelt Park Neighborhood to experience Rumsey Street's ArtPrize Nine exhibition, which took over three buildings including an auto-body shop and a decommissioned church. We arrived just in time to catch a dance performance by Vizions. The travel was well worth it! 

What's a hot, sunny day without a trip to a carnival — a flaming carnival that is! Capn Nemo's Flaming Carnival offers interactive performance, event-based experiences, fire-based games, and skill-based workshops create a way for everyone to get involved in the magic. And what a magical experience it was!

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 Noon 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 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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