Below is a list of events either ArtPrize has planned or one of our sponsors. When you register to vote, you will have the option to purchase a wristband and event guide. The wristband will get you preferred seating and access to most of these events.

Check back often for the updated list on Sign up for Eventful and get email reminders.

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ArtPrize Opening & Registration Fair – Wed, Sept 23 – 4-8PM
Lyon Square – West of Monroe Ave

Get things kicked off right! Register to vote at Lyon Square. Then, join us for food and beverages with the Jerry Ross Band before you head out to see art.

Sponsored by Rockford Construction, Huntington Bank, Spectrum Health, Meijer, Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, Rick and Melissa DeVos, Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation, Douglas and Maria DeVos Foundation, Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation, VanderWeide Family Foundation

UICA Opening Celebration – Wed, Sept 23 – 4-9PM
UICA, 41 Sheldon SE and Old Federal Building, 155 N Division Ave

Take part in an opening celebration of ArtPrize exhibitions featuring the work of more than 20 exceptional artists. Meet the artists, explore their work, enjoy hors d’oeuvres by Grand River Grocery along with cocktails and music.

Sponsored by Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts

Grand Artists’ Reception – Thur, Sept 24 – 7-10PM
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, 187 Monroe Ave

The Amway Hotel Corporation is an ArtPrize sponsor that would like to invite you to meet the artists exhibiting in the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. Complimentary light hors d’oeuvres and cash bar will be available.

Sponsored by Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

Art Education School Day – Thur, Sept 24 – 9AM-3PM
Downtown Grand Rapids

An innovative learning experience for middle and high school students from all area schools. Call 616-459-2787 for details.

Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids Area Council for the Humanities, Grand Rapids Public Library, Grand Valley State University, Kent Intermediate School District, Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Public Museum of Grand Rapids, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts

Sponsored by Amway, Downtown Development Authority

Slide Wars – Thur, Sept 24 – 6-9PM
Israels JW Trade Center, 601 5th St NW

60 artists—20 featured each hour, on the hour. Come for a rapid-fire barrage of ideas and slides to support them. Food, music, cocktails and some very fine furniture will keep you comfortable while your brain works overtime.

Sponsored by Israels Designs for Living, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts

ArtWalk– Sat, Sept 26
Rosa Parks Circle, Corner of Monroe Ave & Monroe Center

Registration: 9a; Warm-up: 9:15a; Walk: 9:30a
Join in the fun as ArtWalk showcases the walkability of ArtPrize neighborhoods in downtown Grand Rapids. This two-mile walk guides you through some of the most unique architectural aspects of the city while emphasizing the importance of walking to foster healthy living.

Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Wolverine World Wide

The Public’s Art – Sat, Sept 26—1-2:30PM
Grand Rapids Art Museum, Auditorium, 101 Monroe Center NW

What is public art? How do people interact with it? And what role does it play in society? You’ll get the perspective of an artist, an arts organization, and the founder of ArtPrize at this lively panel discussion.

Panelists will be Scott Hocking, accomplished public artist who lives and works in Detroit; Celeste Adams, Director, Grand Rapids Art Museum; Rick DeVos, Founder, ArtPrize. Moderated by Jennifer Guerra, Reporter/Producer, Michigan Radio News.

Sponsored by Michigan Radio 104.1 FM

Lunchbox Series – 9/24-25, 9/28-10/1, 10/5-10/9 – Noon-1PM
Kendall College, Main Lobby, 17 Fountain NW

During the lunch hour each weekday, special guests will have conversations about the intersection of art and life and community and, occasionally, what they think of this ArtPrize thing. Check for a full list of speakers. Lunches are for sale or you can bring your own.

Some of the guests will be David R. Collens, Director, Storm King Art Center; Mary Jane Jacob, Professor and Executive Director of Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Peter Murray OBE, Executive Director, Yorkshire Sculpture Park; Adam D. Weinberg, Alice Pratt Brown Director, Whitney Museum of American Art; Carol Coletta, President and CEO, CEOs for Cities; James Ludwig, Vice President Global Design, Steelcase Inc.

Sponsored by Ferris State University /Kendall College of Art and Design

Community Concert – Sat, Sept 26

Details TBA

Sponsored by David and Carol Van Andel Foundation, Citadel Broadcasting

Jazz Brunch – Sun, Sept 27

Details TBA

Sponsored by Citadel Broadcasting

Brunch & Banter: The Human Figure – Sun, Sept 27 – 1-3PM
UICA, 41 Sheldon Boulevard SE

$10 for guests w/out a wristband
This interactive program will feature the work of contemporary artists who are exploring the human figure with inventive new methods and materials. You will also enjoy brunch catered by San Chez and a cash bar of coffee, tea, Mimosas and Bloody Marys. Lead by author and KCAD professor, Deborah Rockman.

Sponsored by Urban Institute for Cotemporary Arts

ArtPrize at GVSU – Sun, Sept 27 – 1-3PM
Grand Valley State University, Loosemore Auditorium, 401 Fulton W, #C

Artists showing at the two venues on Grand Valley State University’s DeVos Center will discuss their work and invite responses from audience members, including members of Civic Studio, GVSU faculty, students, alumni and other artists participating in ArtPrize.

Sponsored by Grand Valley State University

ArtPong: An Event for ArtPrize Artists to Meet – Sun, Sept 27 – 7-10PM
Invite only ACTIVESITE, 40 Monroe Center St NW

ArtPrize artists and a guest are invited to relax after the busy weekend and meet each other over the age old ice-breaker of tournament ping-pong. Come as a spectator or be one of the first 20 to signup for supposed-tournament playoff for the coveted honor of Grand Rapids ArtPong champion.  DJ, refreshments and atmosphere provided.  McEnroe attire encouraged.

Sponsored by Coalesse/Steelcase

The Arts in Crisis: National Crisis of the Funding for the Arts – Wed, Sept 30 – 10-11:30AM
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, Auditorium, 303 Pearl St. NW

Michael M. Kaiser, President of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., and author of the 2008 book “The Art of The Turnaround: Creating and Maintaining Healthy Arts Organizations,” will speak on the crisis of funding for the arts and how to navigate it.

Sponsored by Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation

The Arts and Healing – Wed, Sept 30 – 7-8:30PM
Lacks Cancer Center at Saint Mary’s Health Care, Grand Conference Room, 250 Cherry SE

What are the latest findings on how art affects our physiological well being? Michigan State University faculty will present what has been learned and where research is going.

Panelists will include Frederick Tims, Ph.D., MT-BC, Professor and Chair, MSU Department of Music Therapy; Bonney Mayers, Docent, Elder Heart Program, Kresge Art Museum at MSU; Marsha MacDowell, Ph.D., Professor, MSU Department of Art and Art History, and Curator, Michigan State University Museum. Moderated by David Lockington, Music Director, Grand Rapids Symphony.
Sponsored by Michigan State University College of Human Medicine & Saint Mary’s Health Care

Contemporary Sculpture – Wed, Sept 30 – 7-8:30PM
GRCC Spectrum Theater

Join the GRCC faculty, exhibiting artists and art historians for a panel discussion on where sculpture is at today.

Sponsored by Grand Rapids Community College

Top 10 Announcement – Thur, Oct 1 – 6PM
Location TBD

Join us for a brief but important announcement: The Top 10 Finalists for ArtPrize 2009.

Go to for details.

Critical Discourse: Battle of the Top 10 – Fri, Oct 2 – 7-9PM
4th Street Deli, 528 Fourth Street NW

Enjoy great food, music and cocktails along with a lively and insightful conversation about the work of ArtPrize’s Top 10 artists

Sponsored by Israels Designs for Living & Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts

Brunch and Banter: Video Salon – Sun, Oct 4 – 1-3PM
Old Federal Building, 155 N Division Ave

$10 for guests w/out a wristband
Join us for an informal introduction to video art led by GVSU professor Anna Campbell in a discussion-oriented salon. You will also enjoy brunch catered by San Chez and a cash bar of coffee, tea, Mimosas and Bloody Marys.

Sponsored by Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts

Jazz Brunch – Sun, Oct 4

Details TBA

Sponsored by Citadel Broadcasting

ArtPrize Winners Announcement & Celebration – Thur, Oct 8 – 7-10PM
Rosa Parks Circle, Corner of Monroe Ave & Monroe Center

Come enjoy performances by Bollywood Dance Troupe, Blue 13, Chicago’s Bucket Boys, New Century Shadow Dancers and—at 8:00—hear the announcement for the winner of ArtPrize 2009. Celebrate afterward with live music (see details on and visit our downtown bars and restaurants.

Sponsored by Meijer, Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, Rick and Melissa DeVos, Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation, Douglas and Maria DeVos Foundation, Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation, VanderWeide Family Foundation

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