If you won a Public Vote or Juried Award at last year's event, you must wait one year before entering again.
Travel to Grand Rapids, MI is not required to participate, but Artists are responsible for the installation and removal of their Artwork unless specific arrangements are made with their Venue (see Hosting Agreement).
Eligible Artwork may:
- Be the work of an individual artist or a team
- Be any medium
- Be a single piece, a series, an installation with multiple components, or any other output that can be exhibited in the space agreed upon with the hosting Venue (see Hosting Agreement)
- Be any size, provided it fits in the space secured in a Venue
Eligible Artwork must:
- Be shown at a registered ArtPrize Venue
- Be wholly owned by the Artist or team of Artists
- Not infringe on third party rights
- Be entered in the ArtPrize competition for the first time
- Be titled and voted on as a single entry
The eligibility of your Artwork is not confirmed until you’ve completed a Connection with a Venue. If you have not received notification from a Venue by the end of the Connections Period, your work is not eligible for ArtPrize this year. For specific questions about the eligibility of your entry, contact email@example.com.
Permanent Murals or Installations
Artwork intended to become a permanent fixture of the Grand Rapids landscape, such as murals and sculpture, or any installation that might potentially obstruct a walkway or other public space, must first be reviewed and approved by the City of Grand Rapids’ Arts Advisory Board. Once you’ve made a Connection with a Venue that’s agreed to host your Artwork, your Venue will work with our Exhibitions Team to try to obtain the necessary approvals from the City.
Each Artist Entry must be placed in one of four Categories. These Categories have a direct effect on the Entry's eligibility for prizes. Midway through the event, two sets of finalists will be announced. The Public Vote Final 20 includes the five top-voted Entries from each of the Categories. Similarly, the Juried Award Shortlist Nominees consist of the five nominees from each of the Categories.
The Artist’s selection of a Category is subject to review by ArtPrize staff. ArtPrize maintains the right to make the final determination of the Category of each Entry, to ensure that the definitions of the Categories are being interpreted consistently. If we feel that an Entry could work in more than one Category, we'll defer to the Artist's selection.
Below are the Categories and their definitions. Examples provided are not exhaustive.
2-D – Entries that exists primarily on a flat plane. Painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, and most textiles are examples of 2D work.
3-D – Entries that occupy space and are intended to be viewed from multiple angles. Sculptures that are not site-specific belong in the 3-D category.
Time-Based – Entries that are durational and change over time. The viewer has to spend some time with the work to fully view it. This includes performance, video and film, dance, music, and interactive work.
Installation – Entries that are dependent on the site in which they are installed. The location is not a neutral ground, but makes up an important ingredient of the work. Installation is different from 3-D in that changing the location of the piece would dramatically change the work.
Every year, ArtPrize distributes a half a million dollars cash prizes, making the event the world’s largest art competition. See previous ArtPrize award winners.
At ArtPrize, hundreds of thousands of spectators take an active role as judge and critic, with an unprecedented top prize decided by public vote. Using mobile devices and the Internet, five Public Vote winners are chosen in two rounds of voting.
- Public Vote Grand Prize: $200,000
- 2-D Public Vote Award: $12,500
- 3-D Public Vote Award: $12,500
- Time-based Public Vote Award: $12,500
- Installation Public Vote Award: $12,500
In contrast to the Public Vote, the Juried Awards are decided by a group of internationally acclaimed art experts. ArtPrize presents five Juried Awards. The Juried Grand Prize is selected by a committee of three, while the four Category awards are each chosen by a single juror with the help of local professionals.
- Juried Grand Prize: $200,000
- 2-D Juried Award: $12,500
- 3-D Juried Award: $12,500
- Time-based Juried Award: $12,500
- Installation Juried Award: $12,500
There is also a Juried Award for Outstanding Venue of $12,500, awarded to the curator of a Venue, not an Artist.
Each year’s jurors are announced on the ArtPrize blog.
What Happens If You Win
- For all winners of the Public Vote and Juried Awards, monetary prizes will be awarded in a lump sum to the individual Artist in whose name the Artwork was submitted or split between registered team members.
- The Public Vote Grand Prize winner is acknowledged as the winner of its category as well, but receives the greater of the two prize amounts ($200,000, not $212,500).
- If the Juried Award Grand Prize winner is also selected by the jury as the winner of its category, the Entry is acknowledged for both awards but receives the greater of the two prize amounts ($200,000, not $212,500).
- It is possible for an Entry to win both a Public Vote and Juried Award — even both Grand Prizes — for a total award of $25,000, $212,500, or even $400,000.
- Winning Artists are not eligible to enter the following year.
Featured Public Projects
Featured Public Projects will award $55,000 in grants for large, ambitious public art projects in four highly visible public sites in downtown Grand Rapids, with one project selected for each site.
How to Apply
The application period for 2016 is closed.
Phase One: RFQ
Interested artists must answer a Request for Qualifications (RFQ).
- RFQs are due March 10, 2016 at 5:00PM EST
- RFQs must be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- RFQs include a short letter of intent and documentation of past projects. Download application instructions for specific sites for further details
Phase Two: Full Proposals
Two to three artists per site will be invited to produce detailed proposals.
- Artists will be paid a $500 stipend to complete full proposals
- Final selection will be made based on the content and feasibility of the proposed projects
- Only one project will be selected for each site
Proposals are being accepted for four sites. Click the following links to download a PDF with application information specific to each site:
- Vandenberg (Calder) Plaza (up to $15,000)
- Ah-Nab-Awen Park (up to $15,000)
- Grand River (up to $15,000)
- Gillett Bridge (up to $10,000)
Proposal requirements vary by site, but all should be imaginative, photogenic, and ambitious. Projects that integrate performance and interactive elements are encouraged. Proposals should consider the context of ArtPrize as a technology-driven, urban, democratic, participatory public art event. An awareness of Grand Rapids as a midwest city with roots in design and manufacturing will be helpful. Ideal applicants will make good use of the installation site, with its specific physical, historical, and political qualities.
One site, Gillett Bridge, will require that the artist present a project that can be the focus of interactive educational programming for school groups and families.
ArtPrize hosts a series of events in other cities around the country where local artists from those cities are invited to pitch ideas for an ArtPrize project to a live audience and panel of judges. The judges decide which project gets a $5,000 grant to be realized at ArtPrize.
Pitch Night events will be held in four cities in 2016:
Artist Seed Grants
ArtPrize is proud to offer Artist Seed Grants, presented by the Frey Foundation. 25 artists will receive $2,000 each to help fund ambitious and challenging ArtPrize entries. These grants are intended to give a boost to artists who demonstrate both financial need and artistic merit.
How to Apply
Artist Seed Grant applications will be open at the same time as Artist Registration, April 18 - June 2, 2016.
Once registered as an Artist, applicants must then fill out the ArtPrize Artist Seed Grant Application. The application asks two questions, which each require a short answer:
- What makes your project exceptional? These grants are very competitive. What makes your project stand out?
- Provide a concise draft budget and project timeline. How much do you think it will cost? What will you do to accomplish your objectives on time?
The application also includes a checklist of items you must complete in your artprize.org Artist Registration before applying for a Seed Grant. Do not apply for a Seed Grant before completing Artist Registration.
Once you are finished with Artist Registration, click here to apply for an Artist Seed Grant.
A Few Things to Keep in Mind
- There is no additional application fee beyond the normal Artist Registration fee of $50 for a solo artist and $100 for a collaborative team.
- The 25 recipients of the Seed Grants will be determined by the ArtPrize Arts Advisory Council, a panel of advisors made up of national and local art world luminaries, critics, curators, and artists.
- Artists must secure a Venue to receive a grant.
To participate in ArtPrize, artists must enter their Artwork within the Registration Period.
Registration requires three simple steps
- Sign up for an account or sign in on artprize.org
- Enter your Artwork and pay the registration fee ($50 for individual entries; $100 for team entries)
- Complete your Entry Profile
Once registration is complete, you’ll be able to edit your Artist Profile, add additional details about your Entry, and begin the process of securing a Venue.
You are not visible to Venues and you cannot see their contact information until you’ve completed registration. Keep in mind that Venues begin planning exhibitions months in advance, so the earlier you register the better chance you’ll have of securing a Venue.
A few things to keep in mind
- If you’ve entered Artwork as a team, each team member must have a separate account on artprize.org.
- If you’ve competed in a previous ArtPrize, when you sign in you will see your Artist Profile and previous ArtPrize Entries. You can edit your Artist Profile and add new Artwork, but you cannot edit a previous Entry.
- The registration fee is non-refundable and does not guarantee you a Venue. However, if you do not complete a Connection with a Venue during the Connections Period, you'll receive a credit towards next year's registration.
- Artists must place their entry in one of four Categories as they register: 2-D, 3-D, Time-based, or Installation. ArtPrize must approve this Category selection, and may request more information from you.
To officially secure a Venue, Artists use the Connections process. The Connections process is managed through your Account on artprize.org and involves four steps.
- Request Connections. During the Connections Period (see Important Dates for Artists), browse Venues on artprize.org and click the “Request to Connect” button on their profiles if you’d like to work with them. (We recommend starting with five Venues.) Venues receive notification of your interest and will look at your online profile to determine if they think your Artwork is a good fit for their exhibit. You can see a list of the Venues you’ve requested to connect with under “Requested” in the “My Connections” area of your Account.
- Confirm Interest. When a Venue you’ve requested to connect with confirms interest in showing your Artwork, you’ll receive an e-mail notification and the listing will move from “Requested” to “Pending” in the “My Connections” area of your Account. Similarly, you’ll also receive a notification if a Venue you had not contacted requests to connect with you and be able to confirm or decline your interest.
- Discuss Details. When both you and a Venue confirm mutual interest in working together, you’ll be able to discuss the specifics of exhibiting your Artwork (where the Artwork will be installed, when it will arrive, who installs it, etc.). The venue will then send you a Hosting Agreement to sign and return.
- Confirm Agreement. To complete the Connection and secure the Venue, both you and the Venue must confirm that you have signed the Hosting Agreement. The Venue confirms first, then you’ll have the option to confirm as well. Look for the confirmation button next to the Venue in the “Pending” list in the "My Connections" area of your Account and click “Yes”.
That’s it! You’re connected! Congratulations—you’re officially confirmed as an ArtPrize Artist and your Artwork is eligible to compete for the prize.
Prefer visuals to lists? We made this step-by-step video to guide you through the Connections process!
A few things to keep in mind
- If you complete a Connection with a Venue and then later you and the Venue both agree to terminate this Connection during the Connections Period, please e-mail the artist relations team at email@example.com and explain the situation.
- If you have not successfully completed a Connection with a Venue by the end of the Connections Period, your work is not eligible for ArtPrize this year.
You’ll receive a Hosting Agreement from your Venue during the Connections process. A Hosting Agreement is a contract between the Artist and Venue that details all aspects of the working relationship. ArtPrize requires that Artists and Venues negotiate and sign a Hosting Agreement prior to securing their Connection on artprize.org to ensure that both parties are on the same page about what to expect during the event.
Each Venue receives a Hosting Agreement template from ArtPrize that they are able to customize to create their own specific Hosting Agreements.
Every Hosting Agreement should include:
- A description of the Artwork to be exhibited
- Specific requirements for the Artwork (like lighting)
- How much space the Artwork will take up in the Venue
- Specific description of the agreed location within the Venue
- Any additional open hours for the Venue beyond the required minimum
- When the Artist can start installation
- Arrangements for shipping, installation, and removal if the Artist will not be attending the event
- Who pays for shipping (if necessary)
- Who pays for promotional materials (if any)
- Who is responsible for insurance and security during the event
- How sales are handled
- Who is responsible for Artwork removal and how and when it will be removed
These are the types of details that could be easily missed or miscommunicated without a Hosting Agreement in place and cause unnecessary strain between an Artist and Venue leading up to or during the ArtPrize event.
Artists and Venues are expected to negotiate the terms until both parties are comfortable with the details. Note that the entire process of negotiating and signing a Hosting Agreement can be completed entirely through e-mail—simply type your name into the signature section at the bottom of the Hosting Agreement and it constitutes a valid signature.
When adding information about your Artwork, you’ll notice that you have the option to offer your Artwork for sale. The price you list will not be displayed publicly, and you can enable or disable this feature at any time.
Enabling this feature allows interested buyers to make a sales inquiry by contacting you. The details and completion of the sale are negotiated entirely between you and the buyer—ArtPrize is not involved in the sales process.
How Sales Work
- Indicate that your Artwork is for sale on your Artwork Profile and include any details you think a potential buyer might like to know (e.g., “this work is an edition”, “price varies based on framing”, etc.).
- You’ll receive an e-mail notification whenever an interested buyer make a sales inquiry by entering a message on your profile.
- You may e-mail the buyer back and negotiate a sale on your own.
- ArtPrize does not broker sales. We do not take payment and we do not charge a commission.
- Venues may broker sales and take a commission. Make sure sales arrangements are clearly stated in your Hosting Agreement with a Venue before signing it.
- Be cautious. ArtPrize does not accept responsibility for the actions of potential buyers.
- When you offer your Artwork for sale, ArtPrize asks for a price. This is for internal use only and will not be displayed on your profile or printed on your label. It's up to you and your Venue to decide how to communicate prices to potential buyers.
- All sales during the event are considered pending until the end of the event. Artwork may not be removed from the Venue during ArtPrize.
ArtPrize does not require Artists to obtain insurance for their Artwork, but it is strongly encouraged. Liability insurance can be very affordable and can protect the Artist in the event of an accident during the installation or display of the Artwork.
We also encourage Venues to cover Artwork as part of their insurance, in which case the Artist must produce adequate evidence to validate the insurable value of the Artwork for the Venue’s insurance company. Ultimately, it is between the Artist and Venue to determine how insurance is covered (see Hosting Agreement), so ask your Venue if they can or do provide insurance.
Free Associate Membership to Fractured Atlas
In an effort to provide access to affordable insurance options to artists, ArtPrize is extending free Associate Memberships to Fractured Atlas to all ArtPrize Artists. Fractured Atlas is a non-profit organization that serves a national community of artists and arts organizations. Fractured Atlas’ programs and services facilitate the creation of art by offering vital support to the artists who produce it. These services include access to clear and simple insurance quotes on all types of artistic activity.
Sign up for a free Associate Membership to Fractured Atlas now by visiting fracturedatlas.org/artprize.
Purchase Insurance through Fractured Atlas
As an Associate Member of Fractured Atlas you have access to a limited but vast selection of services, including high-quality, low-cost liability, property, and casualty coverage for all types of artists and their work.
A few things to keep in mind
- General Liability coverage covers damage to Venues and uninvolved bystanders, but does not cover damage to your Artwork. Artwork coverage needs to be purchased separately.
- Artwork coverage is annual, carries a minimum premium of $580, and has a $500 deductible. Most people who choose to purchase Artwork coverage either have an expensive piece being shown at the event, or decided to cover all their entire body of work that they have on display, in their studio, and in storage. If you are only looking to cover one piece of art valued at under $1,200, purchasing this Artwork coverage isn't advisable.
- Short-term General Liability coverage (also known as an Event policy) is short-term, but the cost is usually determined by the number of spectators that your piece will have during that period. Artwork that is in high-traffic areas can make for expensive short-term policies. In instances like this, it tends to be less expensive to purchase an annual Artwork coverage policy, because the premium is calculated differently. Also, an annual policy will cover you anywhere in the USA (including your studio), not just on the premises of the ArtPrize event.
For questions regarding Fractured Atlas Associate Membership, available policies, and related services, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Voting Labels & Artist Statements
ArtPrize prints one official Voting Label for each Artwork entered in ArtPrize. Labels contain the title, medium, and voting number, as well as the Artist name, city, and country. All labels contain voting instructions. For the Artists who recorded a message for the ArtPrize Audio Guide, call-in instructions are also included.
Voting Labels are distributed to Venues. Either the Venue or Artist must place them next to the Artwork before voting begins. This responsibility should be decided with the Venue in advance.
Some Artists find the need to print additional labels. In this case, please use the official PDF templates provided below.
Please note that ArtPrize does not print artist statements. However, an artist statement template is included with the Voting Label templates, so you may print your own.
Artist Label templates will be available to download this summer.
Link Sessions is a series of one-on-one meetings for selected ArtPrize Artists to make connections with contemporary fine art and design professionals in our region.
Link Sessions provide real connections, professional advice, and new opportunities to ArtPrize Artists through these one-on-one sessions, during which more than 40 contemporary art and design professionals will volunteer their time to consult and advise participating ArtPrize artists. Link Sessions are intended to catalyze professional advancement opportunities; Artists can use their session for portfolio review, conceptual presentation and feedback, or informational interviews.
Artists apply to meet with the art and design professional of their choice by indicating their area of interest and writing a brief proposal describing how they intend to use the 20-minute session.
How To Participate
ArtPrize will send all registered ArtPrize Artists an application via email. Submitted applications will be reviewed by the Exhibitions Team, and selected applicants will fill the sessions on a first come, first served basis.
Many Artists enjoy the opportunity to plan small receptions, Q&A sessions, or other events during ArtPrize, so we’ve made it easy for you to your own events to the events calendar on artprize.org. Add your event.
Coming to Grand Rapids to participate in ArtPrize can be expensive. Luckily, there are wonderful volunteers who are ready to help reduce the cost of your stay. Each year, ArtPrize helps connect out-of-town artists with volunteers offering free temporary housing. If you’re an ArtPrize Artist coming from outside of West Michigan, you’re eligible. To find housing, just follow these simple steps:
- Review the Tips for Connecting with a Volunteer Host (see below)
- Fill out the Artist Housing Request Form (available Summer 2016) for our review.
- Once approved, ArtPrize will provide you with a spreadsheet of volunteer host families for you to consider.
- Reach out via e-mail or phone to connect with a Host Home that you think could be a good fit with your timing and needs. When you have secured your agreement (i.e., they like you, you like them), please let us know by sending an e-mail to email@example.com. In this e-mail please let us know if they will be providing housing for the duration of your stay and you would like your name removed from the list of Artists seeking housing, or if you are still looking for additional housing for a portion of your visit.
Tips for Connecting with a Volunteer Host
It is important to think through some of your expectations before signing up to live with a volunteer host. Use the questions below as a guide to help you explain your needs and preferences:
Will you be traveling alone or with others? How many of you need housing?
When will you need to arrive and how long will you need to stay?
Will you need accommodations before or after the event in order to install or remove your artwork?
What amenities and sleeping arrangements do you prefer and how much privacy do you expect? Are you comfortable sleeping on a futon in someone’s basement?
Are you open to staying in a home with children?
Are you open to staying in a home with pets?
Do you smoke? Are you open to staying with a smoker?
How much time do you anticipate spending with your hosts? Would you like to share meals together? Do you anticipate needing to use their kitchen to prepare your own meals?
Are you comfortable sharing a bathroom, kitchen, or other common spaces?
Do you need access to a computer? Are you expecting access to WiFi?
Would you like to use your host’s laundry room during your stay?
Are you hoping your hosts will give you a key to their home? Will you need to be up early, out late, or home while your hosts are out?
Are you able to rely on public transit (buses and taxis) if you and your host are unable to provide transportation? Or, if you are bringing your own car, will you need parking?
Once you’re in conversation with a potential host, it’s best to address any concerns you have right away. If a home doesn’t feel like a good fit, just say so—they won’t be offended, and you’ll both be happier in the end. Please remember that ArtPrize does not make any arrangements between Artists and Volunteer Hosts, so be sure to reach out and finalize your arrangements early.
This program is managed by the Exhibitions Team this year. More information will be available Summer 2016.
Traveling to Grand Rapids for ArtPrize and need an affordable place to stay? Try Airbnb.com. Airbnb is a community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations for a nightly fee. Often, people rent out guest rooms in their homes. You can easily browse and reserve accommodations online or from a mobile phone. To view current listings in Grand Rapids, MI, visit Airbnb.com.
The ArtPrize HUB
Located at 41 Sheldon Blvd SE, the ArtPrize HUB is the bustling headquarters of ArtPrize, and a perfect place to begin exploring all that ArtPrize has to offer. The HUB also provides a private lounge, concierge service, and other resources for competing Artists.
Monday thru Saturday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
*The ArtPrize HUB is only open to the public during the ArtPrize event.
The ArtPrize Clubhouse
A perfect place to begin, end, or break during your days at ArtPrize, the ArtPrize Clubhouse offers ArtClub members and credentialed ArtPrize Artists, Venues, sponsors, and media the opportunity to relax and enjoy a complimentary coffee bar, brunchy light bites, and an evening happy hour.
ArtPrize is pleased to work with local businesses who provide services that many artists find useful in producing, shipping, and installing their work. Many of these businesses give discounts to ArtPrize artists. Check back, as we will continue to update this list.
3D Virtual Tours
New to ArtPrize this year is the opportunity to showcase your art in an interactive, online viewing experience. Perspective 3-D is offering their services at a special rate to ArtPrize Artists and Venues. They can create a 3-D model of your piece to place on your website or share through social media, enabling online visitors to virtually walk around your piece, enticing art fans to join you in Grand Rapids and making your art accessible to those that can’t physically be there. Your 3-D model can be viewed from anywhere via computer or mobile device, and is yours to keep after ArtPrize is over. 2-D, 3-D, and installation pieces are all good candidates for a 3-D model. Mention this opportunity to your Venue during the Connections process. Click the models below to see an example by Perspective 3-D.
Visit PERSPECTIVE3-D.COM and call (616) 312-3947 for discounted pricing. Most art pieces will be modeled at a cost of around $50. Online contact form is also available on their website.
Repcolite Paints is a West Michigan-based paint manufacturer and retailer that's interested in providing discounted paint to ArtPrize Artists, especially for Artists producing murals. See website for locations and additional contact info.
T-Square Art Supply Inc.
T-Square is a local small business serving the West Michigan area since 1974 as a source for a variety of creative products. ArtPrize artists will receive discounts from 10% up to 40% off MSRP on a wide range of popular art supplies.
We specialize in photographing your artwork for printing, publishing, and social media. Our crew—led by Barry Elz (over 40 years experience)—offers three ways to complete the experience: our studio in Holland MI, your studio (anywhere), or during the ArtPrize event. We carefully light and create a high-resolution, perspective- and color-correct interpretation of your art (regardless of size or format), for distribution at ArtPrize or use during the exhibition or for your purposes after. 20% off when art is brought to our studio.
Contact Tiffany or Barry for further details and estimates.
Fabrication and Construction
Metro is a full-service prototype and fabrication shop, including CAD capabilities, CNC machining, casting, painting, and project fabrication consulting. With 11 skilled craftspeople, we have a solid working knowledge of most materials used in the fabrication world.
Padnos Iron & Metal
Padnos Iron & Metal is a full service recycling company that recycles all metal, plastics, paper, e-scrap and more. Incoming scrap material is full of inimitable textures, colors, compositions, and contours. Types of metal include, copper, brass, aluminum, stainless steel, nickel based alloys, galvanized steel, cast iron, gears, electric motors and much more. All ArtPrize artists will receive employee pricing for their material.
2125 Turner Avenue NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49544
Contact person: Dave Hendrix
West Shore Services
West Shore Services provides custom crane and rigging services in Grand Rapids and the surrounding West Michigan area. Our work experience includes museum services, statues and sculptures and historic preservation type projects. We are capable of receiving shipments, storing, re-delivering and assembly for ArtPrize, as well as assisting with disassembly, repacking and storage for exhibits as necessary.
6620 Lake Michigan Drive
Allendale, MI 49401
Contacts: Jeff DuPilka, Brian McDowell, Eric Poelman
Four Corners Framing Company
Mention this listing to receive 25% off any work needed to prepare your art for display in ArtPrize!
Frames Unlimited is a fourth generation local family business offering professional picture framing products and services. Products include custom and ready-made frames, mats, mounting boards, stretcher bars, and several glazing options including U-V filtered. Services include conservation framing and creative design assistance by knowledgeable associates delivering unsurpassed personal service. 20% off to ArtPrize artists. Two locations to serve you:
2964 28th St. SE
Kentwood, MI 49512
Contact: Kathy Ford
4045 Plainfield Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Contact person: Anne Bridges
Lighting and Theatrical Supplies
John S. Hyatt & Associates
John S. Hyatt & Associates is a full-service theatrical supplier. We have a full stock of lamps, gel, tape, fabric, paint, and other supplies for lighting and scenic work. We also offer lighting and rigging services as well as rental equipment. We're located just across the river from downtown GR. Feel free to call, e-mail, or just stop in! There are no strange requests, just creative solutions!
Celebrating 35 years in business, Allegra Marketing Print Mail is a full service marketing communications provider. We offer marketing, print, and design services, including web, signs, displays, and direct mail. Allegra is a local, family-owned source for strategic marketing with measureable results, located just 15 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids.
Corporate Color Graphics
Servicing West Michigan for over 30 years, Corporate Color Graphics is a locally owned creative source for multiple output and fabrication options. Featuring large-format photographic (Lambda) imaging as well as art canvas output, fine art paper output, backlit display duratrans, banners, custom wall paper, permanent and removable printed vinyl, direct-to-substrate imaging on glass, acrylic, metal, and wood, Corporate Color Graphics features a complete arsenal of display fabrication, prototyping, CNC cutting, laser cutting, finishing, and installation options. We also produce support materials such as flyers, postcards, business cards, signs, and banners. Participating ArtPrize Artists receive a 10% discount on displays printed by Corporate Color Graphics.
Crop Marks Printing
Crop Marks is a full service, environmentally-friendly print and sign shop offering everything from postcards and business cards to vinyl banners and more. We have high speed digital printing and can quickly turn your projects. We offer free downtown delivery, and can often bring your printed items to your Artprize location. Other services include posters, stickers, canvas prints, vehicle magnets and more! All registered Artprize artists receive a 20% discount.
128 Coldbrook St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Perrigo Printing is located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, allowing us to offer same-day delivery right to your Venue. We can turn around most printing requests within hours. Our printing services include banners, vote cards, business cards, and postcards. We can print from PDF files or help you with design and set-up of your artwork. We're offering a 10% discount to all ArtPrize Artists!
Print Place for Artists
Print Place for Artists provides Giclée printing services for photographers, digital artists, and fine artists who need high-quality reproductions on canvas or fine art papers. We also provide scanning services for fine art reproductions of watercolors, oil, and mixed media. Our printing services are primarily for large-format work, up to 44" wide, depending on the available media. We achieve high quality with color management and acid-free fine art papers and canvas. Participating ArtPrize Artists are offered a 20% discount.
Screaming Gnat Studios
Flyers, business cards, postcards, posters, and all types of promotional items. Located downtown and open 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday.
Sir Speedy is a full service printing, signage and marketing services national franchise. We have been in the Kentwood area for over 20 years and have worked with artists. We produce stickers, labels, signage, graphic design and traditional print. For anyone who indicates they are an Artprize artist, we will offer 15% off any order and 20% off any order placed by August 31.
Pak Mail Art Shipping
Vinyl and Signs
Headquartered in Traverse City, Britten is the leading provider of creative production services, event signage, and large-format digital printing. Whether you are an Artist, Venue, or sponsorship organization, Britten is your source for printing custom, creative displays. Products include large-format printed wallscapes, tents, light pole banners, wayfinding signage, window decals, event booths and displays, and any other specialty printing project. Call us today to get started developing your custom ArtPrize event display! We offer a 10% discount to all ArtPrize Artists.
River City Graphics
River City Graphics has been a major manufacturer of custom-made quality screen-printed promotional items and vinyl signage for over 25 years in the Grand Rapids area. Our employees are highly skilled and trained professionals that can handle your job from concept to finished product. River City Graphics provides screen-printing and vinyl signage on wood, plastic, paper, metal, glass, and vinyl. ArtPrize Artists and Venues can mention this listing for a 10% discount!
Artist Icon and Brand Guidelines
When promoting your Artist Entry, you are not permitted to use the ArtPrize logo—ArtPrize reserves that logo exclusively for events, materials, and locations produced by ArtPrize. Instead, we provide an Artist Icon that Artists can use on promotional materials.
Two rules govern usage of the Artist Icon:
- You may not alter the Artist Icon. The Icon must appear as it is, without any changes to its color, shape, etc.
- You may not use the Artist Icon for commercial purposes. Anything you create using the Icon cannot be sold. (For example, you can make promotional t-shirts that use the Artist Icon, but you cannot sell them.)
ArtPrize 2016 Artist Icons will be available for download this summer.
The following icons are to be used only by official Artists of ArtPrize 2016. Use of the following icons acknowledges delivery and understanding of the ArtPrize and ArtPrize 2016 Trademark and Styleguides and represents your acceptance of the terms and conditions contained within.
- ArtPrize 2016 Artist Icons
- ArtPrize and ArtPrize 2016 Trademark and Styleguide
- ArtPrize 2016 Brand Guidelines
- All Artist Assets
The following is a summary of the Official Rules for Artists:
- Each Artist must be at least 18 years old at the time they register.
- Artists must pay a $50 non-refundable fee to enter their Artwork. Team entries pay a non-refundable flat fee of $100.
- For any team entry, every individual that makes a significant creative contribution to the Artwork must be registered as an Artist and officially attached to that Artwork and to no other Artwork. Volunteers or contractors that did not make a significant creative contribution to the Artwork do not need to be registered.
- Artwork must be shown at an ArtPrize Venue.
- Secondary elements of an Artwork (or instances of a performance) may appear elsewhere, but the primary element and/or documentation of an Artwork must be at its Venue.
- Artists must sign a Hosting Agreement with their Venue.
- Artwork may be a single piece, a collection of pieces, or an installation with multiple elements. In any case, an Artwork is titled and voted on as a single unit.
- Each entry must be classified as only one of four Categories: 2-D, 3-D, Time-based, or Installation. Artists must identify their entry’s Category during the registration process. Category identification is subject to ArtPrize review; ArtPrize makes final decisions about the Category of each entry.
- If an Artwork is Time-based or performance-oriented, the Artwork must at least be performed within the first round of voting with an artifact or other representation (props, a video, etc.) left behind for presentation during the remainder of the competition.
- Only original Artwork is eligible for submission. The Artist is responsible to ensure that the Artwork does not infringe on any third party’s proprietary rights.
- The Artwork must be currently owned by the Artist or by the team of Artists.
- The Artist is responsible for transportation of the Artwork to, and removal of the Artwork from, the applicable Venue, unless otherwise provided in the applicable Hosting Agreement or other arrangements with the Venue.
- Artwork from prior ArtPrize competitions, or Artwork that is identical to entries from prior ArtPrize competitions, may not be entered in ArtPrize.
- Artists that win any of the Public Vote prizes and/or Juried Awards are ineligible to enter ArtPrize the following year (e.g., the winners of ArtPrize 2014, including all members of team entries, may not enter ArtPrize 2015, winners in 2015 may not enter ArtPrize 2016, and so on).
- Artists who with the Public Vote Grand Prize or the Juried Grand Prize are not eligible to enter again.
- A maximum of two entries per Venue may advance to the Final 20 in the Public Vote.
What is ArtPrize?
Check out the detailed About section here.
How do I stay up to date on ArtPrize artist information year round?
If you haven't already, sign up for artprize.org account here. You'll receive email notification on artist information and upcoming events.
How do I enter my work?
2016 ArtPrize Artist Registration is open from April 18 through June 2. You may register your entry online at artprize.org any time during that window. Registration may be completed online only; there is no paper application. You can find more information here.
How do I submit a collaborative entry?
One member of your team will need to register the entry account by selecting the ‘I am entering as team’ option on the registration form. To add additional team members, first have them register for a general artprize.org account using the ‘Sign up’ option (If they are already a member, enter the email address associated with their artprize.org account). On the entry form select the blue ‘Add a Team Member’ button and enter their email address. Once they are added, the team member can sign into their personal account to create an artist profile that is linked to the collaborative entry.
Does my entry have to be complete before I enter ArtPrize?
No. Often times artists register an entry that has not yet been completed. When you register, fill in your entry profile and personal artist profile as completely as possible. This includes a detailed description of your entry, as well as images, sketches or renderings of your work in progress. Entry and artist profiles can be updated at any time, even after artist registration and connections close. We only require that your entry be completed by the opening of the event on September 21.
How many pieces can I enter?
Each artist may submit only ONE entry. An entry may include several pieces that make up a series or an installation with several elements. Each entry must have one titled, and will be voted on as a single unit. To submit a series or multi-part installation as your entry, you will need to indicate the entire space needed to exhibit the work in the Entry Details section of your Entry Profile, and a description of the series, individual piece sizes, etc. in the Description section.
How much does it cost to enter?
When you register, you will pay a $50 registration fee. Collaborative entries (entries made by a team of 2 or more artists) are $100. All entries must be paid by credit card through our secure payment system online.
How do I find a Venue to display my entry?
Once registered, you can browse the list of venues, click the thumbnail image of a venue to review and find out if it would be a good fit for your work. If so, you can click the blue "REQUEST CONNECTION" button near the top right corner of each venue profile page.
Can I reach out to Venues before Registration and Connections?
Yes. Each venue is independently organized, and each of the over 180 venues has their own approach for organizing their exhibition. Some venues plan far ahead, some do not. It probably won’t hurt to reach out to venues early, but it is helpful to work with venues on their timeline. If the venues you'd like to connect with are not accepting proposals until Connections begin, reaching out early won’t help.
How many Venues can I request?
We recommend starting with six or seven requests. You can request connections with as many venues as you like, but ultimately you must connect with only one.
Can I connect with more than one Venue?
No. You can request connections with as many venues as you like, but you can only secure a connection with one venue. Once you have secured the connection online, the Request Connection function will be disabled for your entry. All remaining pending connections will lapse.
What happens if I don’t connect to a Venue?
If you do not connect with a venue, you are not entered in ArtPrize 2016. The $50 registration fee is non-refundable. As with most juried art exhibitions and open call shows, not all artists who submit will be included in the final exhibition. Unlike most juried shows, however, ArtPrize will waive the 2017 registration for artists that do not connect with a venue for the 2016 event.
I need to sign a Hosting Agreement with my venue. What is that and how do I get one?
The Hosting Agreement is a contract that must be signed between Artist and Venue before the connection can be finalized. It covers installation details, insurance, shipping, and other important details. Generally, the venue coordinator you connect with will create the hosting agreement from a template provided by ArtPrize to venues. Both parties will review and then sign the agreement. If you would like to see a template, click here.
Do I need to insure my entry?
ArtPrize does not require Artists to obtain insurance for their artwork, but it is strongly encouraged. More details on insurance options here.
When can I begin installing my work?
It depends on your venue. All delivery, installation and de-installation details should be made directly with your venue coordinator.
Does ArtPrize provide me with labels?
Yes. Your venue coordinator will receive official ArtPrize labels that must be displayed with each entry. They include voting information, as well as title, medium, category, artist name, and artist city, state, and country. ArtPrize does not print artist statements, but we do provide digital templates if you would like to create your own. *Artist Statement Template available Summer 2016.
Where should I stay during ArtPrize?
Coming to Grand Rapids to participate in ArtPrize can be expensive. Luckily, there are wonderful volunteers who are ready to help reduce the cost of your stay. Each year, ArtPrize helps connect out-of-town artists with volunteers offering free temporary housing.
AirBnb is a great option as well.
Learn about housing options here.
Do I need to be present with my entry during the event?
No, but we encourage you to attend. Our visitors really enjoy hearing directly from the artists about their work, and it is a great chance to meet other participating artists.
How do I find out my voting code?
Once you secure a venue through the website, your voting code will be visible on your entry profile. To view your voting code, look below your Entry Title. Look for your five-digit vote code next to the red Thumbs Up icon.
How does Voting work?
Anyone can vote in ArtPrize, the only requirements are that you have to be present at the event and you need to be at least 16 years old. Using mobile devices and the Internet, the general public chooses five Public Vote winners in two rounds of voting.
During Round 1 voting, you can choose the twenty public vote finalists. In Round 2, you vote again to choose the winners from among the Final 20. The entry with the most votes wins the $200,000 Public Vote Grand Prize. The entries with the most votes in their categories each win $12,500 category awards.
You can learn more about voting here.
How should I prepare for ArtPrize?
Once your entry is complete, you should make plans for how to deliver or ship the work to your Venue in time for the event. Let your Venue know if you have any specific requirements for display in your hosting agreement, and if changes need to be made, make sure that you discuss them with your Venue Coordinator.
ArtPrize encourages artists to take a more sustainable approach to the event, therefore please avoid bringing printed materials to pass out.
If you need help finding a place to stay when you get here, make sure you look into our temporary housing program. ArtPrize helps connect out-of-town artists with volunteers offering free temporary housing. You can find more information here.
Don’t forget to download the ArtPrize App, which will keep you informed about daily events.
Where do I get my artist badge?
You’ll receive an email from the Exhibitions Team closer to the event with Badging Center location and hours. It is important that you pick up your badge so that you can gain access into certain ArtPrize events and spaces.
What are opportunities I should be aware of during the event?
ArtPrize offers artists a variety of opportunities for Artists during the event that include professional development workshops, access to ArtPrize hospitality spaces and special events. Stay tuned to your communication from the Exhibition’s Team leading up to the event to make sure you don’t miss out.
Does ArtPrize release vote totals?
No. Vote totals are not released to the public or to artists. Voting is how we measure the public's response to ArtPrize, but we're careful to not let it turn into a horse race. Voting drives engagement, but it's only one small way people encounter your work. You'll see a similar approach with other arts awards, such as the Oscars or the Tonys, which also do not reveal vote totals.
Can I use the ArtPrize Logo?
No. When promoting your ArtPrize entry, you are not permitted to use the ArtPrize logo. Instead, we provide an Artist Icon that Artists can use on promotional materials. You can find the guidelines for Artist Icon here.
Where does the prize money come from?
ArtPrize is a 501c3 nonprofit. We fundraise year round to cover our entire operating budget, including the $500,000 awarded in prizes and the $280,000 distributed in grants to artists, curators, and educators. The largest type of contribution is corporate giving, followed by foundations, individuals, and government grants.