As an independently organized event, ArtPrize encourages participants to not only organize their exhibitions, but to also organize awards that honor specific achievements within the larger event.

Read on to learn more about the ArtPrize Eight Independently Organized Awards, the winners of which will be announced at the Eighth Annual ArtPrize Awards on October 7.

Artista Latino Award

The Artista Latino Award is presented by the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan. This indepdently organized $2,500 juried prize will be awarded to a Latino or Hispanic artist entered in ArtPrize Eight.

Pictured above is the inaugural winner of the Artista Latino Award—State of Exception by Jose de Leon, Richard Barnes, and Amanda Krugliak—installed at SiTE:LAB / The Rumsey Street Project in 2015.

Fountain Street Church Award

Each year, this popular ArtPrize venue mounts a much-anticipated exhibition on the theme "Art to Change the World." Venue organizers engage two independent jurors who award two $1,000 awards for work within this exhibition that best exemplifies the transformational power of art.

Paul Collins Diversity in Art Award

This independently organized juried prize will be give to an artist whose work speaks for diverse cultural communities and perspectives participating in ArtPrize Eight. A reception for the award will take place on September 22 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. at Calder Plaza. The festivities will continue with the African American Art and Music Celebration, held September 23 from 4–10 p.m. and September 24 from noon–10 p.m. at Calder Plaza.

ArtPrize On-Screen Public Vote Prizes

ArtPrize welcomes artists working in any medium from anywhere in the world, and independent filmmakers are no exception. ArtPrize On-Screen will present a free program of highly-anticipated narrative, documentary and short films from September 21-24 at the Ladies Literary Club. Selected by UICA's acclaimed Open Projector Night series, a Michigan-made short has been paired with each feature film in the lineup. While all ArtPrize On Screen films are eligible for the public vote competition in the Time-Based category, ArtPrize visitors will also award two cash prizes by casting their votes through the ArtPrize mobile app:

  • $5,000 Public Vote Prize for Best Michigan-Made Short Film, presented by the Michigan Film and Digital Media Office
  • $2,500 Public Vote Prize for Best Feature Film, presented by Celebration! Cinema

Blue Bridge Songwriting

Part of ArtPrize On-Stage, ArtPrize Eight musicians will be eligible to win $10,000 in independently organized awards, including ten $1,000 awards—five decided by public vote, and five by expert jury.

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