ArtPrize is not just for “anyone,” we are for “everyone.” By producing programs that are intentionally inclusive, we work to understand and resolve the limitations of an open call by actively welcoming and including those who encounter barriers that others do not face.

On March 23rd, the North Carolina state legislature passed HB2, a law that revokes existing local and federal laws that afforded all of its citizens the right to live free of discrimination. ArtPrize is proud to join forces with our partners and friends in North Carolina who oppose this law and who advocate for all of its citizens, and we look forward to seeing them in Durham, NC at the 21c Museum Hotel on May 25 at 7:00pm for the first ArtPrize Pitch Night of 2016.


ArtPrize is once again teaming up with 21c Museum Hotel in Durham, North Carolina to offer one artist a $5,000 grant to create an ambitious installation at a centrally located ArtPrize Venue.    

Every fall, over 1,500 artists from around the world descend on Grand Rapids, Michigan, to compete for half a million dollars in prizes. Their installations fill the city, from museums and galleries to restaurants, banks, and city parks. During the two-and-a-half-week exhibition, the public votes to choose the winner of a $200,000 grand prize and four $12,500 category winners. Simultaneously, world-renowned jurors select a $200,000 Juried Grand Prize winner, and four $12,500 juried category winners.

ArtPrize is continuing its Pitch Night partnership with 21c Museum Hotels in Durham, North Carolina. 21c Museum Hotels will host the event, and artists from the area will pitch ideas for an installation on the empty seventh floor of a downtown office building located at 200 Ottawa, Grand Rapids, in the heart of the ArtPrize district.

Pitch Night Durham will take place on May 25 at 7:00 p.m. at 21c Museum Hotel. Five artists will be selected to give a five-minute presentation using five slides each. A panel of five experts and the audience will be able to ask questions of the artists following the presentations. The panel will select the winner, who receives a $5,000 grant to realize their proposal at 200 Ottawa during ArtPrize 2016.

The judges for Pitch Night Durham are:

  • Amethyst Beaver, Assistant Curator, 21c Museum Hotels
  • Cora Fisher, Curator of Contemporary Art, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art
  • Sabine Gruffat, Assistant Professor of Art, UNC Chapel Hill
  • Kelly McChesney, Director, Flanders Art Gallery
  • Beverly McIver, Esbenshade Professor of the Practice in Studio Arts, Duke University

Pitch Night Durham is presented by 21c Museum Hotels and Delta Air Lines.  

More Details

How to apply

Between now and May 5, North Carolina artists must submit a proposal (maximum 500 words), an artist CV, and up to five images, all by email to Give us an idea of what you'd present at Pitch Night, and how you would like to activate the 200 Ottawa space.

Who can apply?

ArtPrize is open to any artist, but Pitch Night Durham is only for artists currently living in North Carolina. All ArtPrize eligibility rules apply. Artists must be 18, and collaborative groups are welcome. There are more eligibility requirements listed here and in the Artist Rules.

How can we activate the 200 Ottawa space? How crazy can it get?

Pretty crazy, but there are limits. Part of the process of selecting which five artists get to pitch their proposals will include a review by the managers of the 200 Ottawa space to ensure there are no red flags. For more information about the space and what's allowed, see 200 Ottawa information below.

What should a pitch presentation include?

If you're one of the five artists selected to present, you'll have five minutes and five slides—the details are up to you. Be entertaining and informative. Be prepared to answer questions from the judges and the audience. Above all, you'll need to convince the judges that your project is the best, and that the $5,000 grant will make it possible.

What happens if my pitch wins?

Several things. One, we'll register you as an artist on at no cost (normally registering as an artist costs $50). We'll connect you with the 200 Ottawa venue, because every artist in ArtPrize must be officially connected to a venue on We'll give you the $5,000 as a lump sum. It's up to you how you use those funds to install the artwork (materials, shipping, travel, etc.). You'll then work with an installation coordinator to work out the details of installing the work before ArtPrize begins on September 21.

200 Ottawa Information

The seventh floor of 200 Ottawa is being used for Pitch Night installations.  The space is divided in half, so that the winner of Pitch Night Durham will occupy one half, while the winner of Pitch Night Minneapolis will occupy the other.  The side occupied by Pitch Night Durham is approx 1,800 square feet with windows surrounding the exterior walls.  The ceilings are standard height and finished. There is some lighting, but additional lighting will likely be needed depending on the project, and should be considered as part of the proposal. Email questions to

The hours of the venue during ArtPrize (September 21 - October 9) will be:

  • Monday – Thursday: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday & Saturday: Noon – 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: Noon – 6:00 p.m.

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