Pitch Night Phoenix

ArtPrize teamed up with the Found:RE in Phoenix, AZ to host Pitch Night — a one-night event where an artist will leave with a $5,000 grant to create an ambitious installation at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) during the tenth annual event this fall, September 19-October 7, 2018.

How it Works

Artists are invited to submit proposals for an installation at GRAM. Five artists will be selected to give a five-minute presentation at the Pitch Night Phoenix event, using five slides each. A panel of five expert judges and a live audience audience will ask questions of the artists following the presentations. The panel will select the winner, awarding the winning artist a $5,000 grant to realize their proposal at GRAM during ArtPrize 10.

Submit Your Proposal
Submissions are now being accepted for Pitch Night Phoenix through May 4. Find complete details on the 2018 proposal process below.

Event Info
Pitch Night Phoenix will take place on May 22 at 7 p.m. at Found:RE. The event is free to the public.

Panel of Judges
The panel of judges for Pitch Night Phoenix will be annouced soon.

Pitch Night Phoenix is presented by 21c Museum Hotel and Delta Air Lines, and underwritten by Experience Grand Rapids.

More Details

How to apply
Between now and May 4, Arizona artists must submit a proposal (maximum 500 words), an artist CV, and up to five images, all by email to pitchnight@artprize.org. Give us an idea of what you'd present at Pitch Night, and how you would like to activate the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

Who can apply?
ArtPrize is open to any artist, but Pitch Night Phoenix is only for artists currently living in Arizona. All ArtPrize eligibility rules apply. Artists must be 18, and collaborative groups are welcome. There are more eligibility requirements listed here and in the Artist Rules.

What should a pitch presentation include?
If you're one of the five artists selected to present, you'll have five minutes and five slides—the details are up to you. Be entertaining and informative. Be prepared to answer questions from the judges and the audience. Above all, you'll need to convince the judges that your project is the best, and that the $5,000 grant will help make it possible.

What happens if my pitch wins?
Several things. One, we'll register you as an artist on artprize.org at no cost (normally registering as an artist costs $50). We'll connect you with the Grand Rapids Art Museum, because every artist in ArtPrize must be officially connected to a venue on artprize.org. We'll give you the $5,000 as a lump sum. It's up to you how you use those funds to install the artwork (materials, shipping, travel, etc.). You'll then work with an installation coordinator to work out the details of installing the work before ArtPrize begins on September 19.

What space is available in the Grand Rapids Art Museum?
The Grand Rapids Art Museum will consider installation proposals made for two separate galleries, both on first floor, the Porter Gallery and the East Court. Artists should indicate which of these two spaces they intend to use. The one not occupied by the Phoenix Pitch Night winner will feature other artwork selected by GRAM’s curators.

Proposals must be considerate of visitor safety and accessibility.

Porter Gallery
The Porter Gallery is a 663 square foot gallery with 85 running feet of wall space. The floors are white oak, the ceiling is 12 feet, and power is available in aluminum grids in the floor.

Click for details on Porter Gallery.

East Court

The East Court is a long gallery bordered by windows on the East side. It is 1730 square feet, has 91 running feet of wall space, a ceiling height of 14’ 9 1/4”, with white oak floors.

Click for details on East Court.

Register to Participate in ArtPrize 10

Don't live in a Pitch Night city? We'd still love you to participate in ArtPrize! As an ArtPrize Artist, the City of Grand Rapids becomes your canvas where you have the opportunity to interact with thousands of curious ArtPrize visitors at the most-attended annual public art event in the world; have your work seen by jurors and other art-world notables; build relationships and sell your work; show alongside other remarkable ArtPrize Artists; and so much more.

To participate in ArtPrize, artists must enter their artwork within the registration period — April 16-June 7, 2018.

Get all the details.

Apply for Artist Grants

Looking for additional opportunities to fund your ArtPrize entry? ArtPrize offers a series of grants to participating artists each year, including:

  • Featured Public Projects, which will award $85,000 in grants for large, ambitious public art projects in three highly visible public sites in downtown Grand Rapids.
  • Artist Seed Grants, presented by the Frey Foundation, give 25 artists $2,000 each to help fund ambitious and challenging ArtPrize entries.
  • ArtPrize Murals, offering a $1,000 honorarium and a $500 stipend for materials to artists to create temporary murals around Grand Rapids.

Get all the details.