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?

'El Sueño Americano (The American Dream)' by Tom Kiefer at DeVos Place Convention Center (Juried Award Finalist)

Cooler weather has made its way to Grand Rapids, and the next several days promise to be prime ArtPrizing weather. Looking for a place to start? Below are a few tips:

  • Check out the Jurors' Shortlist, featuring 20 entries and 5 venues. The 20 entries will join your top picks in Round 2 for your consideration as you decide the winners of the Public Vote awards.
  • Create your own tour through our Critics' Choice Experience Guide — taking you to all grant-winning ArtPrize Nine entries and participating venues that have been nominated for the Outstanding Venue Juried Award in the past.
  • See which ArtPrize Nine entries your votes are rising to the top on the Leaderboard — featuring dynamic lists of 25 entries in each of four categories (2-D, 3-D, Time-Based and Installation) in random order, fluctuating as votes continue to roll in.

ArtPrize Studio @ HUB/HQ | 7 p.m. EDT

Join us tonight at the ArtPrize Studio @ HUB/HQ for a truly unique event. Brooke Anderson, Museum Director at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, traveled to Grand Rapids 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. Join us in exploring how partnerships and collaborations established and encouraged the triennial’s audience — with a free Founders Green Zebra, the Official Beer of ArtPrize Nine, in hand.


  • 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 Labs: GRKids Stroller Tours  — Experience ArtPrize Nine scavenger hunt-style! This fun stroller-friendly tour, designed by GRKids, starts at ArtPrize HUB/HQ for a fun welcome and orientation in the ArtPrize Studio followed by a themed scavenger hunt geared toward preschoolers. From 9:45 to 11 a.m., the theme is Shapes and Colors and from 10:45 a.m. to 12 p.m., Animals + Outdoors!
  • Observe Plein Air Group Outside & Inside — Grand Valley Artists, Inc. invites you to observe members painting in various outdoor sites conducted by nationally recognized watercolorist, Jim Johnson.
  • Live Drawing Lessons with Mark Kistler — Join Mark Kistler and 'Maranda Where You Live' at Rosa Parks Circle for a live drawing lesson! Supplies will be provided.
  • ArtPrize Labs @ Lions & Rabbits - Family Yoga — Come play games that introduce yoga with your family! All levels welcome. 

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


The Jurors' Shortlist has been announced, and now we are left to find out which 20 entries will wow visitors and secure a place alongside the category jurors nominees as a finalist. Make sure to keep casting your votes — Round 1 Voting presented by Meijer runs through September 30 at 11:59 p.m. EDT — and then don't miss the Public Vote Final 20 Announcement on October 1. Join us at Rosa Parks Circle starting at 1 p.m.

Featured Upcoming Events: 

'Virtue Virtu Vertu' by HIPKISS' created by Alpha & Chris Mason, located at GRCC Collins Art Gallery (Juried Award Finalist) 

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:

Having trouble figuring out where to start ArtPrizing? Thanks to our Pantone Pathways program, sponsored by X-Rite Pantone, you can take the guesswork out of navigating aroudn the event. Start your journey at any of our neighborhood ArtPrize HUBS to pick up a FREE Event Guide so you can find your perfect path! Don't like following maps? No problem! Our Pathways are marked by brightly-colored stencils on sidewalks all over town, so all you have to do is follow the path on the pavement.

Dropping by Rosa Parks Circle, we spotted little artists in action! At our ArtPrize Labs Studios, anyone is welcome to let their creative mind thrive by making art from repurposed materials. Find locations and open hours below in "For Kids of All Ages."

Rosa Parks Circle isn't just for craft making, it's for dancing too! We walked right into a group of eager swing dancers spinning, clapping and dancing the night away, courtesy of the ArtPrize Labs @ Lions & Rabbits Swing Dancing event.

To close out the night, we headed back to HUB/HQ to watch five creators vie for a chance to win $5,000 during the ArtPrize Studio: Start Garden 5x5 Event. Each presenter had five slides and five minutes to make an everlasting impression on the selection committee. It was an exciting night that concluded with a reception where attendees indulged in engaging conversation, food and drink. Congratulations are in order to the evening's $5,000 winner, Retro Future Films!

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 Monument Park 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: 

'Frontiers' by Benjamin Jones, located at the city water building by the richard app gallery (Juried Award Finalist) 

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

Support ArtPrize:

'Recovery of Icarus' by Rolf Jacobsen, located at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park (Juried Award Finalist) 

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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