Display your work in Grand Rapids for 19 days and compete for $500,000 in cash prizes—decided equally by public vote and expert jury.

Anyone over 18, working in any medium, from any place on Earth can enter ArtPrize. Find out how to participate in 2017.

How to be an ArtPrize Artist

  • Register Your Entry

    Anyone over 18, working in any medium, from any place on Earth can enter ArtPrize. Just sign up for an account and pay the $50 fee during Artist Registration. Register April 17 to June 8, 2017.

  • Connect With A Venue

    During the Connections Period, use to find registered venues you like. If one agrees to host your entry, you’ll sign a hosting agreement. Connect April 26 to June 22, 2017.

  • Display Your Artwork

    Get your entry (and entry profile) ready! Then display your artwork at your host venue during the 19 days of ArtPrize. $500K in awards are decided by expert jury and public vote. ArtPrize Nine is September 20 to October 8, 2017.

The World’s Largest Art Competition

Open to everyone

If you’re at least 18 years old at the time of Artist Registration, you’re eligible to enter ArtPrize. Artists from anywhere on Earth can participate. The entry fee is $50 for an individual artist and $100 per team for a collaborative entry.

Enter almost anything

When you register, you’ll enter your artwork in one of four major categories: 2-D, 3-D, Installation, and Time-based. Entries representing every artform and any medium are welcome at ArtPrize.

Compete for more than $500,000 in grants and prizes

Each year, ArtPrize awards $500,000 in prizes. Half are decided by public vote, and half are awarded by expert jury.

Tens of thousands in additional grants—through programs like Artist Seed Grants and Pitch Night—are awarded to participating artists each year.

Choose your own venue

Unlike any other art event of its size, each venue is independently organized. ArtPrize plays no role in selecting the artists who participate. If you can convince a registered venue to host your entry, you’re in.

You'll manage the process of selecting a venue through the Connections tool in your account.

Gain exposure to hundreds of thousands of people

Each year, ArtPrize attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from all around the world to explore and experience entries like yours on display throughout downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Hundreds of thousands more visit and use the ArtPrize mobile apps to view artwork online—and vote for the winners.

Sell your work

You can also let visitors know if your entry is for sale. Many potential collectors and fans inquire online about purchasing work, both during the event and beyond. More than a third of all artists sell their work.

Participation Numbers

Year Entries Venues Votes Voters Visitors Prizes
2017 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD $500k
2016 1,453 170 37,433 380,119 507k+ $500k
2015 1,550 162 35,481 422,763 438k+ $500k
2014 1,536 174 41,956 398,714 441k+ $540k
2013 1,524 169 49,078 446,850 400k $560k
2012 1,517 161 47,160 412,560 375k $560k
2011 1,582 164 38,811 383,106 322k $494k
2010 1,713 192 44,912 465,538 250k $479k
2009 1,262 159 37,264 334,219 200k $449k
TOTAL 12,137 1,351 332,095 3.2MM 2.9MM $4.1MM

Important Dates

  • Venue Registration Starts
  • Venue Registration Ends
  • Artist Registration Starts
  • Artist & Venue Connections Starts
  • Artist & Venue Connections Starts
  • We are here
  • Artist Registration Ends
  • Artist & Venue Connections Ends
  • ArtPrize Preview Week Starts
  • ArtPrize Preview Week Ends
  • ArtPrize Opening Day
  • Juried Award Finalists Announced
  • Public Vote Finalists Announced
  • Ninth Annual ArtPrize Awards
  • ArtPrize Closing Day