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Eyes on the ArtPrize
Micheline Maynard - The New York Times - October 7, 2009

"No matter who wins, the 17-day competition has spurred a lively debate in Grand Rapids, a city of about 200,000 with a tradition of interest in art."

Welcome To Grand Rapids, The IRL Reddit Of Art
Arthur Holland Michel - Fast Company - October 20, 2014

“In many ways, ArtPrize is like a mini functional internet brought to life. At its core, it’s a technology organization.”

ArtPrize Offers Delightful Surprises as Critics’ Picks are Revealed
Ben Davis - ArtNet News - October 1, 2015

"Lately the art world has seen a rash of art-tech startups pitching themselves as using the internet to disrupt traditional hierarchies. ArtPrize’s simple online-dating-style matchup has probably beaten them all as a game-changer, as evidenced by the massive new audiences it has produced."

 ArtPrize, Michigan's Premier Art Festival, Is As 'Terrifying and Thrilling' As Ever
Gus Turner - Complex - October 8, 2015

"Now seven years old, international arts competition ArtPrize continues to pull the art world off-axis, shifting attention away from bi-coastal cultural centers like New York and Los Angeles to instead shine the spotlight on Grand Rapids, Mich..."

Trump wanders into awkward local interview in Michigan
Rachel Maddow - MSNBC - September 30, 2016

“It’s really high stakes. It’s neat, you can be a part of it. It’s a big deal. It’s called ArtPrize — it’s the pride of Michigan this time of year.”

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ArtPrize Nine will once again transform the city of Grand Rapids into an open playing field where 1,346 artist entries at 176 venues across the ArtPrize district will vie for a combination of Public Vote and Juried awards totaling $500,000.


ArtPrize Media Accreditation ensures access to:

  • ArtPrize Nine Press Badge and Welcome Kit
  • Opportunities to interview ArtPrize spokespeople and leadership
  • Weekly media alert with upcoming press release and event information
  • 2017 ArtPrize Awards press room access, including opportunities to interview winning artists
  • Public Vote Final 20 Announcement access, including access to the press riser and opportunities to interview finalists
  • Access to GRAM ahead of the crowds, Fridays & Saturdays 10a-Noon or upon request
  • Guided tours with exhibition curators, upon request
  • ArtPrize museum venues access during Preview Week (September 13-19) free of charge
  • 2017 Off the Record Party - hosted at Lambert Edwards & Associates

ArtPrize Eight Event Details

2017 Public Vote Final 20 Announcement Information
The Public Vote Final 20 Announcement will be made on October 1 at 1 p.m. EDT at Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids. All media are welcome to attend. There will be a media riser set up with a clear line of sight to the stage, and audio will be available straight from the soundboard. Following the Final 20 Announcement, all media will have the opportunity to speak with the Artists. We ask that media please allow the Artists 15 minutes to gather backstage and prepare to speak.

2017 ArtPrize Awards Information
The ArtPrize Awards will take place on the evening of October 6 -- the exact timing and location will be announced later this summer. Credentialed media are invited to attend, and are required to arrive with their media badge available for review. We will have a media room set up with a live feed from the Awards ceremony. As each of the Category Awards are presented, the winners are brought to the media room for interviews. The process is the same for the Public Vote Grand Prize winner and Juried Grand Prize winner.

ArtPrize Critical Discourse Programming
Media are also invited to attend the ArtPrize Nine Critical Discourse speaker series (event lineup coming soon). This weeklong "event within an event" brings art experts from across the country to the ArtPrize Studio, turning up the volume on the conversation around art and why it matters. Free and open to the public, all Critical Discourse programming will take place at the ArtPrize HUB/HQ at 7 p.m. EDT from September 25 to October 3, 2017.

ArtPrize Brand Guidelines

The ArtPrize Nine Brand Guidelines is your roadmap for using the ArtPrize trademarks and logos, as well as some basic rules on how to use the term "ArtPrize" in print, and some in-depth ways to describe what ArtPrize is as an event and organization.

You must have specific written permission to use any of our registered or unregistered trademarks. Should you have any questions about using our name, logo, or other marks, and to request permission to use registered or unregistered trademarks, please contact us at

Download the ArtPrize Nine Brand Guidelines



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