The ArtPrize Press Room

Explore ArtPrize press releases and media kits from 2009 to now; find synthesized information about the awards structure and historical event participation numbers; and get all the important dates for ArtPrize 2015.

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About ArtPrize

ArtPrize is a radically open international art competition and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. 

For 19 days, three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, become an open playing field where anyone can find a voice in the conversation about what is art and why it matters. Art from around the world pops up in every inch of downtown, and it’s all free and open to the public.

It’s unorthodox, highly disruptive, and undeniably intriguing to the art world and the public alike.

ArtPrize 2015 will take place September 23 to October 11.

What Makes Us Unique?

The Prizes

The ArtPrize award structure features two parallel tracks of Public Vote and Juried Awards with equal prize amounts. Inviting the public to decide the winners circle has been what makes ArtPrize unique, unorthodox, sometimes infuriating but undeniably intriguing in the contemporary art world. The Juried Awards draw attention to and elevate the Public Vote, exploring the unresolvable tension and stark contrast between public and expert approaches to assessing works of art. This intellectual and aesthetic conflict is ArtPrize’s strength, energizing the production and discussion of art in a way that other art competitions do not.

  Public Vote Awards Juried Awards
Grand Prize $200,000 $200,000
Two-dimensional $20,000 $20,000
Three-dimensional $20,000 $20,000
Time-based $20,000 $20,000
Installation $20,000 $20,000

The jury also awards a fifth $20,000 category award to an ArtPrize Venue for outstanding curation. Note that if an Artist wins both a Category Award and a Grand Prize, they will be awarded the greater of the two.

Participation Numbers

  2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 Total
Entries 1,536 1,524 1,517 1,582 1,713 1,262 9,135
Venues 174 169 161 164 192 159 1,019
Registered Voters 41,109 49,078 47,160 38,811 44,912 37,264 217,225
Votes Placed 398,714 446,850 412,560 383,106 465,538 334,219 2MM
Visitors TBD 400,000 375,000 322,000 250,000 200,000 1.5MM
Prizes $540K $560K $560K $494K $479K $449K $3.1MM

Important Dates

ArtPrize 2015 Registration Dates

Venue Registration March 9 – April 10
Artist Registration April 20 – June 4
Connections Period April 28 – June 18

ArtPrize 2014 Event Dates

September 24 Opening Day: Round 1 Voting Begins at Noon
September 29 Juried Awards Shortlist Nominees Announced
October 4 Round 1 Voting Closes at 11:59 p.m.
October 5 Public Vote Finalists Announced at 2:00 p.m. / Round 2 Voting Begins at 3:00 p.m.
October 9 Round 2 Voting Closes at 11:59 p.m.
October 10 Winners Announced at the 2014 ArtPrize Awards at 7:45 p.m.
October 12 Closing Day: Venues Close at 6:00 p.m.


Contact Us

If you have questions or would like more information, contact the ArtPrize Public Relations Team: