ArtPrize, the independently organized art competition recognized as the world’s largest annual public art event, is teaming up with SXSW Interactive to grant one artist $15,000 and the chance to exhibit in a prime location at ArtPrize 10 in Grand Rapids, Michigan from September 19-October 7, 2018. The “$15k ArtPrize Artist Challenge at SXSW Interactive” is a free public event to be held on Monday, March 12 at 5 p.m. at Michigan House, 700 Trinity in Austin.

How it Works

Five artists from across the United States were selected from among over 20 applicants. Each will pitch their idea for a challenging installation at ArtPrize 10 to a live audience and panel of five judges at this one-night only event. One artist will walk away with a $15,000 grant to execute their installation this fall at a prominent outdoor venue in the heart of the ArtPrize district. More than 500,000 visitors are expected to attend the 19-day event, and the winner will be in the running for $500,000 in cash prizes.

Participating Artists

Participating artists include:

  • Autumn Ewalt and Dharmesh Patel of New Mexico
  • Charles Gadeken of California
  • Gustavo Prado of New York
  • Olaniyi Akindiya of Texas
  • Ryan Swanson of Florida.

Jury of Art Experts

Confirmed art experts jurying the ‘$15k ArtPrize Artist Challenge at SXSW Interactive’ grant include

  • Veronica Roberts, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin
  • Cezanne Charles, Director of Creative Industries for Creative Many Michigan
  • Jamie Bennett, Executive Director of ArtPlace America
  • Kim Cook, Director of Art & Civic Engagement at Burning Man
  • Kevin Buist, Exhibitions Director for ArtPrize.

This official SXSW Interactive event is modeled on the successful ArtPrize Pitch Night event series, launched in 2013 as a means of discovering and supporting exciting projects, and to reduce the barriers to bringing them to the annual competition. It is part of a suite of ArtPrize granting programs that in 2017 awarded nearly $300,000 to artists, venues and educators to support their participation in the annual event.

This event is free and open to the public. All are encouraged to attend to support the presenting artists and get a sneak peek into their process and future projects.

By Jaenell Woods on