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 Seven.

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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 Seven will take place September 23 to October 11.

What Makes Us Unique?

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 441,000+ 400,000 375,000 322,000 250,000 200,000 1.5MM
Prizes $540K $560K $560K $494K $479K $449K $3.1MM

Important Dates

ArtPrize Seven Registration Dates

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

ArtPrize Seven Event Dates

September 23 Opening Day: Round 1 Voting Begins
September 28 Jurors' Shortlist Event
October 3 Round 1 Voting Closes
October 4 Public Vote Finalists Announced / Round 2 Voting Begins
October 8 Round 2 Voting Closes
October 9 Winners Announced at the 2015 ArtPrize Awards
October 11 Closing Day: Venues Close

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