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 group of collaborators
- 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 collaborative
- 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.
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.
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. Collaborative entries pay a non-refundable flat fee of $100.
- For any collaborative Artwork, 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.
- 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 collaborative group 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.
- The winner of the Public Vote First Prize agrees to transfer ownership of the entry to ArtPrize.
- All sales during the event are considered pending until the end of the event. If the first place winner was entered into a pending sale, that sale is voided.
- Artists that win one of the ten Public Vote prizes and/or Juried Awards are ineligible to enter ArtPrize the following year (e.g., the winners of ArtPrize 2012, including all members of collaborative entries, may not enter ArtPrize 2013, winners in 2013 may not enter ArtPrize 2014, and so on).
Every year, ArtPrize distributes $560,000 in total cash prizes—$360,000 awarded by public vote and $200,000 awarded by jury—making the competition the world’s largest art prize. 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, ten winners are chosen in two rounds of voting.
- 1st Place: $200,000
- 2nd Place: $75,000
- 3rd Place: $50,000
- 4th – 10th Place: $5,000 each
In contrast to the Public Vote, the Juried Awards are decided by a group of internationally acclaimed art experts. ArtPrize presents six Juried Awards—five for Artists and one for a Venue. The Juried Grand Prize is selected by a committee of three, while the other five awards are each chosen by a single juror with the help of local professionals.
- Juried Grand Prize: $100,000
- Juried Award for 2-D Work: $20,000
- Juried Award for 3-D Work: $20,000
- Juried Award for Time/Performance-Based Work: $20,000
- Juried Award for Best Use of Urban Space: $20,000
- Juried Award for Outstanding Venue: $20,000 (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 top 10 winners of the Public Vote as well as those receiving 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 collaborators.
- If your Artwork is awarded First Prize in the Public Vote, ArtPrize will first reconfirm your eligibility. If everything checks out, the Artist will transfer ownership of the winning Artwork to ArtPrize to be added to the ArtPrize art collection.
To participate in ArtPrize, artists must register 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 independent entries; $100 for collaborative entries)
- Complete your Entry Profile
Once registration is complete, you’ll be able to edit your Artist Profile and can 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 your register the better chance you’ll have of securing a Venue.
A few things to keep in mind
- If you’re registering a collaborative Artwork, each collaborator 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, your registration fee for next year’s ArtPrize will be waived.
Securing a Venue
Once you’ve completed Artist registration, your next step is to secure a Venue to exhibit your Artwork during ArtPrize.
Any space within the ArtPrize district can apply to be a Venue, and each Venue selects the Artists that will exhibit in its space. Venues can be institutions with deep curatorial credentials, local businesses, City parks, or any other public or private space.
It’s important to note that there is no guarantee that all registered Artists will be able to secure a Venue. At ArtPrize, the Venues are the event curators, and the Venues you contact may or may not agree to exhibit your Artwork. If you have questions about a Venue’s selection process, contact the Venue directly.
Venues are secured through the Connections process.
Once you’ve secured a Venue, you are officially entered into the ArtPrize competition.
A few things to keep in mind
- As an Artist, you may contact the owner of any space within the ArtPrize district—even if they are not listed on artprize.org—and ask if they’re interested in becoming a Venue to show your Artwork. However, once Venue Registration is closed, no new Venues may be added.
- Informal agreements can be made with Venues before the Connections Period, and you may contact Venues anytime. However, you will not be able to officially secure a Venue on artprize.org until the Connections Period opens.
- Parks, bridges, streets, sidewalks and certain buildings belong to the City of Grand Rapids. ArtPrize works directly with the City Manager’s office to open such Venues for the event. All City Venues are curated by an individual or institution working in partnership with the City of Grand Rapids.
To officially secure a Venue, Artists use the Connections process. The Connections process is managed through your Dashboard on artprize.org and involves four steps.
- Request Connections. 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 Dashboard.
- 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 Dashboard. 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 on your Dashboard 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.
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.
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 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.
- If the first place winner was entered into a pending sale, that sale is voided.
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).
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.
Insurance for Fractured Atlas Associate Members
As an Associate Member of Fractured Atlas you have access to a limited but vast selection of services. Through multiple highly-rated carriers, Fractured Atlas offers members quick, clear, and painless access to high-quality, low-cost liability, property, and casualty coverage for craft artists, dancers & dance companies, film & media makers, independent contractors/technicians, musicians & music groups, public artists, radio & TV producers, teaching artists, theatre companies & producers, visual artists, museums & galleries, and more.
A few things to keep in mind if you're thinking of pursuing insurance through Fractured Atlas:
- General Liability coverage covers damage to venues and uninvolved bystanders, but does not cover damage to your artwork. Artwork coverage needs to be purchase separately.
- Artwork coverage is annual, and carries a minimum premium of $580, and has a $500 deductible. Most people who chose to purchase Artwork coverage either had an expensive piece being shown in the festival, or decided to cover all of the artwork 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.
- The cost of short-term General Liability policies (we call them Event policies on our website) is usually determined by the number of spectators that your piece will have during that period. Art works that are 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 policy, because the premium is calculated differently. Also, the annual policy will cover the artist anywhere in the USA (including their studio), not just on the premises of this festival. For artists that need general liability policies for this festival, we would encourage them to fill out an annual application, as it will provide, more often than not, more coverage at a lower price point.
For questions regarding Fractured Atlas Associate Membership and related services, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Temporary Housing Opportunities
Coming to Grand Rapids to participate in ArtPrize can be costly. Luckily, there are wonderful volunteers who are ready to help reduce the cost of your stay. Each year, ArtPrize helps match out-of-town artists with volunteers offering free temporary housing. If you’re an ArtPrize Artist coming from outside West Michigan, you’re eligible. To find housing, just follow these simple steps.
- Review the Tips for Connecting with a Volunteer Host (see below) and write a short bio.
- Fill out the Artist Housing Request Form and submit your application to email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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?
To help ensure that you find an host home that’s a good fit for your needs, we suggest that you type up a short bio that includes your expected length of stay, whether or not you’re okay with pets, the space and amenities you need, and any other expectations you may have, along with a photo. A link to your ArtPrize Artwork, Venue, personal website, or Facebook page is also helpful. We’ll provide this information to our Volunteer Hosts, so the more information you give, the better chance you have of finding a host home that’s a great fit.
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.
Questions regarding volunteer housing should be directed to email@example.com.
Another affordable housing option for visiting ArtPrize Artists is Airbnb.com. Airbnb.com 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.
Several area hotels offer discounted rates to ArtPrize Artists. Check the blog for more information.
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 this list will continue to be updated.
Vinyl and Signs
Locally owned artist-run gallery Gaspard is offering storefront, exhibition, and promotional vinyl signage to participating ArtPrize Artists and Venues. Come to Gaspard with your ArtPrize singage needs for guaranteed lowest-price vinyl signage. Please contact for custom quote.
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!
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.
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.
Crop Marks Printing
128 Coldbrook St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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.
Crane services or other constructions needs, offering 25% off equipment rental and services for Artprize projects.
550 Kirtland St SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
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. 2 locations to serve you:
2964 28th St. SE
Kentwood, MI 49512
Contact person: 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!
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.
ArtPrize :: LINK SESSIONS
ArtPrize will host a first-ever series of LINK SESSIONS during the 2013 event. More than 30 contemporary art and design professionals will volunteer their time to consult and advise participating 2013 ArtPrize artists through one on one sessions. These sessions will provide real connections, professional advice and new opportunities to ArtPrize artists. intended to catalyze professional advancement opportunities; artists can use their session for portfolio review, conceptual presentation and feedback, or informational interviews.
Each session will run 20 minutes and will be generously hosted at Haworth | Interphase @ MoDiv, at the corner of Monroe Center and Division. Applications were emailed to all 2013 ArtPrize artists. Submitted applications will be reviewed by the exhibitions team, and successful applications will fill the sessions on a first come first serve basis. If you are a 2013 artist and need an application, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please click here to learn more about the consultants.
When promoting your Artwork and voting information, 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 Seal that Artists can use on promotional materials.
Two rules govern usage of the Artist Seal:
- You may not alter the Artist Seal. The Seal must appear as it is, without any changes to its color, shape, etc.
- You may not use the Artist Seal for commercial purposes. Anything you create using the Seal cannot be sold. (For example, you can make promotional t-shirts that use the Artist Seal, but you cannot sell them.)
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 label templates, so you may print your own.
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. Click here to add your event.