ArtPrize is teaming up with 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky 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, but in a new location for 2016: Louisville, Kentucky. 21c Museum Hotels with host the event, and artists from Louisville and surrounding cities will pitch ideas for installations on Lyon Square. Lyon Square is a public amphitheater-like promenade located in the heart of Grand Rapids, next to the Grand River.

Pitch Night Louisville will take place on June 1 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 Lyon Square during ArtPrize 2016.

The Judges for Pitch Night Louisville are:

  • Alice Gray Stites, Chief Curator, Museum Director, 21c Museum Hotel
  • Chris Radtke, artist, co-owner Zephyr Gallery, partner IDEAS xLab
  • Chris Reitz, Assistant Professor, Critical and Curatorial Studies & Gallery Director, Hite Art Institute – University of Louisville
  • Daniel Pfalzgraf, Curator – Carnegie Center for Art & History
  • Joey Yates, Associate Curator – Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft

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

More Details

How to apply

Between now and May 11, Kentucky 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 Lyon Square.

Who can apply?

ArtPrize is open to any artist, but Pitch Night Louisville is intended for artists in Kentucky and bordering states. 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.

What can be put in Lyon Square? 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 City of Grand Rapids officials to ensure there are no red flags. For more information about the space and what's allowed, see Lyon Square 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 Lyon Square 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.

Lyon Square Information

Lyon Square is a public park located in the heart of Grand Rapids between the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and the Devos Performance Hall. Lyon Square also provides a view of the river and has access to the River Walk.

Installations can occupy the flat circle at the center of the amphitheater as well as ledge seating. Access to the stairs and to the river walk must be preserved. The space can be used for installation, sculpture, performance, etc.

The riverside location that includes access to the River Walk is also widely traveled by downtown pedestrians. Earliest permissible date for installation of any artwork in the park is SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2016 at 12:00 Noon EST. All artwork installations need to be removed no later than FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2016 at 5:00 p.m EST. Email questions to


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