What would you create if you had a $5,000 grant and a guaranteed spot in a high-traffic ArtPrize Venue? We'd love to find out.

If you live in or near one of six cities across the country, ArtPrize Pitch Night is coming your way this spring to discover exciting, ambitious projects and bring them to Grand Rapids for the ninth annual event. 

"In 2017, our team continues to focus on ways to bring unforgettable work to Grand Rapids," said Kevin Buist, ArtPrize Exhibitions Director. "We started Pitch Night in 2013 as a means of supporting out-of-state artists, to help them overcome the barriers they can face in bringing large-scale projects to the annual event -- and I'm excited to see the program grow year-over-year."

2017 Pitch Night events -- held in partnership with 21c Museum Hotels, Delta Air Lines and Experience Grand Rapids -- will take place in the following cities:

A call for proposals is now open for each event through April 26 -- click on the cities listed above for details on eligibility, venue specifics, and how to submit your proposal. Five artists will be invited to present at each event and given five minutes to pitch their installation ideas for ArtPrize Nine to a panel of local art experts. The winning artists will each receive a $5,000 grant and a guaranteed spot on a highly trafficked venue this fall.

In 2016, the ArtPrize Eight Grand Prize Jurors awarded the $200,000 Juried Grand Prize, presented by Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, to the interactive performance and installation titled The Bureau of Personal Belonging by Stacey Kirby (pictured above), winner of last year’s Pitch Night Durham event.

“Artists should feel empowered to use their work to manifest change through conversation and connection,” said Kirby. “ArtPrize definitely offers such a platform, and the 5,000 visitors that came through The Bureau experienced the product of ArtPrize's commitment to openly supporting all artists.”

Head to artprize.org/pitchnight to learn more about this granting program and how to submit proposals for each 2017 event.

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