What would you bring to ArtPrize with a $5,000 grant?
ArtPrize Pitch Night expanded to include events in six cities across the country in 2017, awarding $5,000 and a guaranteed spot in a high-profile venue to an artist at each event. Scroll down to learn more and see the winning projects.
Pitch Night Louisville Winner
Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova took home a $5,000 grant to install a mosaic-like pattern on historic Lyon Square in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan -- intended to inspire a visual petition during the ninth annual ArtPrize event this fall.
Chris Vitiello took home a $5,000 grant to bring an interactive, performative installation to the Grand Rapids Art Museum this fall; 2016 Pitch Night Durham winner went on to take home the $200,000 ArtPrize Juried Grand Prize.
Nina Caruso and Christopher Schneider took home a $5,000 grant to install a sculpture inspired by their experience at ArtPrize in 2016, at Vandenberg Center in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan during the ninth annual event this fall.
Pippin Frisbie-Calder took home a $5,000 grant to install ‘Canceled Edition’ at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan -- drawing attention to the human impact on the environment during the ninth annual event this fall.
ArtPrize launched Pitch Night in 2013 as a means of discovering exciting, ambitious projects across the country, and to help overcome the barriers that out-of-state artists can face when bringing them to the annual event.
2017 Pitch Night events -- held in partnership with 21c Museum Hotels, Delta Air Lines and Experience Grand Rapids -- took place in six cities across the country this spring. Check out the event dates and locations on the timeline to the right.
Following an open call for proposals, five artists were invited to present at each event and given five minutes to pitch their installation ideas for ArtPrize Nine to a panel of local art experts. The winning artists each received a $5,000 grant and a guaranteed spot on a highly trafficked ArtPrize Nine Venue this fall.
In 2016, the ArtPrize Eight Grand Prize Jurors awarded the $200,000 Juried Grand Prize, presented by Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, to the interactive performance and installation titled "The Bureau of Personal Belonging" by Stacey Kirby, winner of last year’s Pitch Night Durham event.
“Artists should feel empowered to use their work to manifest change through conversation and connection,” said Kirby. “ArtPrize definitely offers such a platform, and the 5,000 visitors that came through The Bureau experienced the product of ArtPrize's commitment to openly supporting all artists.”