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ArtPrize District

The ArtPrize district spans three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids, MI, and any space within its boundary can be an ArtPrize Venue. Within the ArtPrize district, you’ll find communities as diverse as the art itself.

A map of the Neighborhoods within the ArtPrize District

Center City

The tidy cobblestone stretch of the Monroe Center Walking Mall welcomes visitors with artistry, innovative ideas, and character. Explore a wide selection of coffee houses, restaurants, and boutique shops. Visit Central District Cyclery, an urban bike shop that caters to experienced riders, novice cyclists, and bike enthusiasts. Be sure to stop by the statue of Rosa Parks and take a moment to appreciate Rosa Parks Circle. Designed by Maya Lin, the renowned architect of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., it fulfills her vision to create a “green respite in the heart of the city.” See Venues in Center City.


The story of Heartside is one of hope, cultural diversity, and revitalized businesses. Today, it provides an atmosphere where artists can flourish and people who need compassion can seek assistance from a variety of upstanding community services. In 2005, a group of residential, commercial, and nonprofit groups banded together to create “Avenue for the Arts,” a vibrant section of the South Division commercial corridor. A community of inventive thinkers, Avenue for the Arts helps sustain artists by developing public projects including murals made by local residents, creative works by local art students, and installations in vacant storefronts. Heartside is also home to The HUB @ 41 Sheldon, a.k.a. ArtPrize headquarters. See Venues in the Heartside neighborhood.


Hillside encompasses the Heritage Hill Association, one of the country’s largest urban historic districts. Founded in 1968 to preserve the oldest residential neighborhood in Grand Rapids, Heritage Hill features hundreds of historic homes significant to the architectural community. Aficionados can take self-guided or public tours showcasing more than 60 architectural traditions including Dutch Colonial, Italianate, Greek, Gothic, and Prairie. The most famous example of Prairie style within the neighborhood is the Meyer May House, built in 1908 by Frank Lloyd Wright and restored by Steelcase during the 1980s. Touring Heritage Hill provides an opportunity to view art surrounded by the architecture that shaped the 20th century. See Venues in the Hillside neighborhood.

Monroe North/Belknap

Atop the bluffs of Belknap Hill sits a neighborhood with a view of the past and a vision of the city’s future. Victorian homes built by furniture craftsmen nestle alongside the sparkling health facilities of the Medical Mile, where Spectrum Health System, Van Andel Research Institute, and the 14-floor Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital are quickly transforming the city into a pioneer in world-class health care and cancer research. The North Monroe business district once produced some of the finest cabinetry and handcrafted furnishings in the country. Now refurbished to resemble their original design, these former manufacturing sites house state-of-the-
art office spaces, chic taprooms, art galleries, and upscale salons. See Venues in the Monroe North/Belknap neighborhood.


Thousands of artifacts from ancient and recent times are housed in the two museums along the Grand River. The Grand Rapids Public Museum features a planetarium, a working 1928 carousel overlooking the river, a recreated street from historic Grand Rapids, and diverse exhibits on the area’s Native people, habitats, and furniture industry. The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum celebrates our 38th president, a Grand Rapids native. Highlights include a replica of the Oval Office, interactive Cabinet room, relics from the 1970s and Vietnam War, and other artifacts from Ford’s presidency. The Westside is also the center of Grand Rapids’ Latino community, with many Spanish-speaking businesses and organizations serving the area’s growing population. See Venues in the Westside neighborhood.

Meijer Gardens*

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park grew out of the West Michigan Horticultural Society’s wish to promote understanding and appreciation for gardens, art, and most importantly, the natural environment. Covering 132 acres of natural wetlands, woodlands, and meadows, The Gardens blends art with nature, integrating sculptures throughout the site. Besides the critically acclaimed sculpture garden, the site features miles of nature trails and boardwalks and an amphitheater which hosts major recording artists. The popular Children’s Garden welcomes young visitors with interactive stations and a playhouse, a perfect place for imaginations to run wild. Tours are offered daily, and a café and gift shop are also located on the site. Meijer Gardens is located at 1000 East Beltline Ave NE.

SiTE:LAB / The Rumsey Street Project*

SiTE:LAB / The Rumsey Street Project is a three-acre public art project in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Kent County. The Rumsey Street Project  inhabits a mixture of unoccupied structures, including a former Catholic church and rectory, a body shop, and several residences, as well as a number of vacant lots. The Free Rumsey Street Shuttle—which runs on weekends during the 19-day ArtPrize event—has stops downtown at the ArtPrize HUB/HQ and Founders Brewing Co., and connects through to the Roosevelt Park Business District. SiTE:LAB / The Rumsey Street Project is located at 333 Rumsey St SW.

Rumsey Street Shuttle dates of operation: September 23, 24, 25, and 30; October 1, 2, 7, 8, and 9. Hours of operation: Friday & Saturday, 2–8 p.m.; Sunday, 2–6 p.m.

*Meijer Gardens and SiTE:LAB / The Rumsey Street Project are the only Venues located outside the ArtPrize District.

ArtPrize Venues & Hours

During ArtPrize, the whole city of Grand Rapids is an art gallery. Large or small, indoors or out, any space within the ArtPrize district can register as a venue to host artist exhibitions and visitors from around the world.

You’ll find ArtPrize entries everywhere—from world-renowned museums and private galleries to public parks, restaurants, and local coffee shops. And all of them are free and open to the public for the duration of ArtPrize.

You can browse all venues online, on the ArtPrize mobile app, or pick up a copy of the Event Guide at any of the ArtPrize HUBs—including the ArtPrize HUB/HQ—for a complete listing of participating locations.

Venue Hours*

  • Monday-Thursday: 5–8 p.m.
  • Friday & Saturday: Noon–8 p.m.
  • Sunday: Noon–6 p.m.

*Most venues are open early and close late. Be sure to check each venue profile for individual venue hours.

Experience Guides

New this year, we've introduced five handy Experience Guides to help you discover or re-discover the event and our city. 

Download the Experience Guides below, or pick one up at any ArtPrize HUB between September 13-October 8, and use them as a starting point for your ArtPrize adventure.

Event Guide

The ArtPrize Event Guide is an invaluable tool for event visitors, offering a wealth of information from details on how ArtPrize works and how to get to and around the event, to a full listing of artists and venues as well as calendar listings and maps of the ArtPrize neighborhoods.

Pick up an ArtPrize Nine Event Guide, free for all visitors thanks to MLive Media Group, at any ArtPrize HUB. Hoping to take a look before you get here? View and download the 2017 event guide here.

ArtPrize HUBs

Stop by one of our ArtPrize HUB locations where a friendly volunteer can make sure you’re ready to vote for your favorite entries, help you map your unique ArtPrize route, equip you with one of our new Experience Guides and an enhanced Metro Pass, give you your free ArtPrize Event Guide* and help you make the most of your ArtPrize experience.

  • ArtPrize HUB/HQ @ 41 Sheldon Blvd. SE
  • Westside HUB @ Ford
  • Monroe HUB @ DeVos Place
  • Center City HUB @ Rosa Parks Circle
  • Hillside HUB @ Women’s City Club
  • Heartside HUB @ Monument Park
  • The Gardens HUB @ Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
  • The ArtPrize Mobile HUB @ events and hot spots

*Thanks to MLive Media Group, the 2017 ArtPrize Event Guide is FREE. One event guide per visitor.

ArtPrize HUB/HQ

Located at 41 Sheldon Blvd SE, the ArtPrize HUB and headquarters (HUB/HQ) is an essential stop. There we'll welcome you, give you gifts (Event Guide and commemorative tote), and get you quickly signed up to vote. At the ArtPrize HUB/HQ, you'll be able to:

  • Sign up for an ArtPrize account and get ready to cast your first vote
  • Get a free Event Guide, thanks to MLive Media Group
  • Buy an enhanced ArtPrize Metro Pass for unlimited rides on the Silver Line, 10 rides on The Rapid's fixed routes, a day pass to the ArtPrize Clubhouse, and more.
  • Shop the flagship ArtPrize Store
  • Get help—from how to vote to recommendations for lunch
  • Take a break in the public lounge areas
  • Enjoy free WiFi

As the official ArtPrize headquarters, HUB/HQ - presented by Steelcase - features 2016's Grand Prize winners; the flagship ArtPrize retail store; a Pop-Up Park along Sheldon Blvd.; an ArtPrize Labs Drop-In Studio; presented by Grand Valley State University, Herman Miller Cares, and Switch; and the STEAM Village powered by Switch.

Open Hours*

Monday-Saturday: 11 a.m.–8 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m.–6 p.m. 

*The ArtPrize HUB/HQ is only open to the public during the ArtPrize event.

Mobile Apps

The official ArtPrize mobile app—free for iOS and Android devices—is the best way to find and vote for art, navigate downtown Grand Rapids, and stay connected to events and ArtPrize news.

Use the app to:

  • Vote for Artist Entries and see your vote history
  • Find Venues and events near you
  • Discover art through Lists
  • Search for Artists, Entries, Venues and events
  • Browse Entries, Venues and Artists
  • Get the latest news from the ArtPrize blog


App Feature Overview

Vote for Art

Voting has never been easier at ArtPrize. Simply open up the ArtPrize mobile app while you’re here, sign in and cast a vote. Once you’ve voted at ArtPrize, you can vote from anywhere in the world.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Download the App: Find the ArtPrize mobile app, free for iOS and Android devices, in the Apple Store and Google Play.
  2. Sign In: Complete the mobile app’s simple sign in process, including a quick authentication process via text message.
  3. Visit ArtPrize: While you’re in the ArtPrize district, make sure your phone’s location services are turned on. That’s how we know you’ve visited the event and are eligible to vote this year.
  4. Cast Your Votes: Found artwork you love? Tap the “thumbs up” icon to vote with the entries’ five-digit vote codes. Or tap the “guidebook” icon to search for entries through a complete list of entries, venues and artists—tap the “thumbs up” vote button on each entry you’d like to vote for.

Find Venues

The app makes it easy to find interesting things right where you are. Simply tap the Visit icon (looks like two buildings) to find venues near you.

Venues will display around your location on the map, and the number of artist entries showing at each will be displayed in the list below. You can even filter venues to find ones that are handicap accessible or that offer free public restrooms or parking.

Tap a venue to see its location and open hours.

Explore Events

Find events happening around the ArtPrize district, day and night, on the mobile app. Tap the Events icon (looks like a calendar page) to find events happening near you, and to browse through events happening throughout the 19 days.

See Entry Details

Tap the Guide icon (looks like an open book) to find a complete list of artist entries. Tap an entry to learn more about the entry and the artist. You can also vote for entries from this page or save them to your List of favorites.

Discover Lists

Several Lists are featured on the app's main Discover page (tap the ArtPrize icon). Others, including ones you've created or followed, are available in your profile, accessible from the top right corner of the app.

Lists are an excellent way to see what else people have found and liked as they've explored, and can help you discover must-see entries.


Lists, introduced in 2014, provide a whole new way to find and discover art that other people like. Use the Find Art page to browse Lists created by Jurors, Official Lists, and other Lists of note, plus hundreds of Lists created by people just like you.

Create and Share Your Own List

Lists give you the ability to create, curate, and share your favorite ArtPrize Entries. By default, any Entries you save are added to your Favorites List, but you can create as many Lists as you want and choose which Lists to add an Entry to.

  1. Sign in to your ArtPrize account; you'll be taken to your Lists
  2. You have one List called Favorites by default; click "Create A List" to create others
  3. Visit the Find Art page and start browsing Entries to add to your Lists
  4. When you see an Entry you like, click the gray "Save" button to add that Entry to one of your Lists; if you change your mind about an Entry, click the pink "Saved" button to remove it

Manage Your Lists

Go to your ArtPrize account and click Lists from the dropdown. Here, you can see all of your Lists (or create a new one) and click into a List to see what's in it and share the List to Facebook or Twitter.

You can also click "Edit Your List" in the upper right to change the name of your List, write a description for your List, remove Entries, make the List public or private, or permanently delete it.

Getting Here

If you’re traveling to ArtPrize from out of town, fear not—it’s pretty easy to get here. Grand Rapids is less than three hours by car from Detroit or Chicago, and less than six hours from Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Toronto. Also, the Gerald R. Ford International Airport is only 20 minutes from downtown, and Greyhound, MegaBus and Amtrak stop in the heart of the city.

Travel to Grand Rapids

You'll find car rentals from Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and National/Alamo on the first level of the parking garage at the Gerald R. Ford Airport, just steps from the baggage claim. Or, ride The Rapid from the airport to downtown. Taxis and Uber are also available within the city.

Meijer Park and Ride

If you’re traveling from the outskirts of Grand Rapids and want to avoid parking downtown, you can leave your car at one of several area Meijer stores and ride The Rapid (Grand Rapids’ excellent bus system) to ArtPrize!

Metro Passes

Starting in early September, stop inside a Meijer store (see below for participating stores) and pick up an ArtPrize Metro Pass ($5 each, bundled with an Event Guide) to enjoy unlimited rides on the Silver Line and 10 free rides on all of The Rapid's fixed routes for the duration of ArtPrize. (Metro Passes will also be available at all ArtPrize HUBs.)

Note: Multiple routes stop at these locations. ONLY the route shown in the chart below will take you to ArtPrize!
Riding From: Take This Bus:
Alpine Meijer
2425 Alpine NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544
Route 9
Gaines Township Meijer
1801 Marketplace SW, Gaines Twp, MI 49316
Route 4
(Note: This route does not run on Saturday or Sunday)
Grandville Meijer
3434 Century Center SW, Grandville, MI 49418
Route 8
Grandville & Rivertown
Knapp’s Corner Meijer
1997 E Beltline NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Route 15
East Leonard
Standale Meijer
315 Wilson NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534
Route 7 & Route 12
West Leonard (7) West Fulton (12)
(Note: These routes do not run on Sundays)
28th Street/Kalamazoo Ave Meijer
1540 28th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508
Route 2
Kalamazoo Ave
54th Street/Clyde Park Meijer
5500 Clyde Park SW, Wyoming, MI 49509
Route 10
Clyde Park

Visit or call 616-776-1100 for scheduled times and a bus stop locator.


Once you’re here, there are plenty of places to stay, including several hotels right downtown in the middle of all the action.

Official Hotel Partners, all centrally located:

Amway Grand Plaza HotelJW Marriott Grand RapidsCourtyard by Marriott Downtown Grand Rapids

Other downtown hotels:

You can also search for accommodation in Grand Rapids through HotelsCombined.

ArtPrize Made Easy - Perk for Hotel Guests

Several area hotels -- in partnership with Experience Grand Rapids -- offer ArtPrize package deals that include special discounts and offer guests a free shuttle service to and from ArtPrize on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the event. Get details from Experience Grand Rapids.

Getting Around

Start at any ArtPrize HUB and pick up your free copy of the ArtPrize Event Guide. Whether you prefer to walk, bike or ride, it’s easy to get around Grand Rapids and get close to the ArtPrize action.


ArtPrize Metro Pass (The Rapid, Silver Line)

Gain unlimited rides on the Silver Line bus and 10 free rides on all of The Rapid's fixed routes for the duration of the ArtPrize event with an ArtPrize Metro Pass. Get a Metro Pass for $5 at any ArtPrize HUB, or one of several area Meijer stores. Starting in early September, seven participating Meijer stores will begin carrying this $5 bundle with an Event Guide and Metro Pass!

The Rapid

The Rapid, Grand Rapids’ excellent bus system, offers routes throughout the greater Grand Rapids area. Visit on your computer or mobile device for schedules, maps and quick search tools including Nearest Stop, Next Bus, and a handy Trip Planner that make it easy to visit ArtPrize and explore the city. More information can be found in your Event Guide.

Be sure to check out The Rapid's Silver Line, connecting Grand Rapids, Kentwood and Wyoming along the Division Avenue corridor.  


The Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH) provides the best transportation in the downtown area. The service is free to ride and provides you convenient connections to all parts of Grand Rapids' urban core. Hours have been extended, thanks to Mobile GR, getting you to not-to-miss exhibitions seven days a week throughout ArtPrize and ArtPrize Preview Week.

Regular DASH Hours:
DASH North Service:

  • Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. (Every 8 minutes)

DASH West Service:

  • Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. (Every 8 minutes)
  • Downtown Market Loop: 8 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Commerce Loop: 6:30 a.m. - 8 a.m.; 8:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Weekend Hours for ArtPrize:
Extended DASH West Service

  • Saturdays, 6:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Sundays, Noon-6 p.m.

Rosa Parks Circle to Cultura Collective at Rumsey Street

  • Saturdays & Sundays, Noon-6 p.m.
  • Catch the Shuttle at Rumsey and Grandville in the Roosevelt Park Neighborhood, and at Louis and Monroe, near Rosa Parks Circle downtown Grand Rapids.

Click here to view and print a comprehensive DASH map and schedule.

The Rumsey Street Shuttle

Looking for an easy way to travel between Rumsey Street and downtown? The DASH has you covered, running special service free of charge between the Rumsey Street venue and Rosa Parks Circle from Noon-6 p.m. on Sundays during ArtPrize Nine.

Rapid Rides to ArtPrize: Granting Program

We were thrilled to bring back for a fourth year the Rapid Rides to ArtPrize program. This program offers free Event Guides and Metro Passes—good for free transportation on The Rapid and Silver Line buses during the 19 days of ArtPrize—to members of our community based on financial need. If you are interested in working with us on this important project, please email

Accessible Transportation

The DASH and all of The Rapid's buses are wheelchair-accessible. ADA service animals are permitted on all transit. 

ArtPrize Pathways

With its bridges, riverside walkway, parks, and sidewalks, Grand Rapids is a pedestrian-friendly community, and the entire downtown is open to ArtPrize.

To help visitors explore, we’ve created a series of Pathways that will take you within one block of 90% of all ArtPrize Venues, along with many of the city’s finest natural features, landmarks, restaurants, and shops.

Each of five unique Pathways will start and stop at Silver Line stations around the ArtPrize district. Just follow the Pathway markers on the sidewalks—each 2.4 miles or less. And if a particular piece of art, venue, or restaurant entices you to stray off the path, so be it. You never know what you’ll find along the way.

A sixth pathway, the Access Art Pathway, will begin and end at the ArtPrize HUB/HQ, located at 41 Sheldon Blvd SE. While all ArtPrize Pathways provide the least amount of barriers for visitors, the Access Art Pathway offers a route that has been specially curated for visitors who experience differences in mobility.

Maps of each route and more information about the ArtPrize Pathways are available in the Event Guide—pick up your free copy at any ArtPrize HUB.

Art Meets Heart Steps Challenge

 While walking our Pathways and exploring off the beaten paths at ArtPrize, we hope you will join in our AHA Steps Challenge! It's as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Track your steps on your personal device
  2. Walk 10,000 steps or more at ArtPrize
  3. Visit the HUB/HQ and enter to win heart-healthy prizes

Brought to you by our friends at the American Heart Association. #AHAMI


Take your bike* out to explore ArtPrize and avoid the hassle of parking! With nearly 1,000 bicycle parking spaces available throughout downtown Grand Rapids, you can almost always find a safe and convenient spot to lock up on the street, in a ramp, or in a lot. Spots are particularly prevalent around college campuses—GRCC, Ferris/KCAD, WMU, Cooley Law School, Douglas J Aveda Institute, GVSU—and all Grand Rapids museums.

Bike Parking

If you plan to bike down to ArtPrize, corrals are available around the district, so be sure to bring along your bike lock! For city-wide bike parking and bike repair locations, please visit

All DASH and Rapid buses are equipped with bike racks to make it easy to transfer your bike to and from ArtPrize. Read more about bringing your bicycle on the Rapid.

*Bike rentals are available through GR Bike Rentals. GR Bike Rentals is offering $4 off daily bike rentals ($20/day) during ArtPrize.

Things To Do

ArtPrize Events

Grand Rapids is a vibrant and energetic city on your average day, and ArtPrize cranks that to 11. Art is everywhere you look, local businesses and restaurants are transformed into ArtPrize Venues, and some of the region’s most prestigious educational and cultural institutions open their doors to the public for free.

The central event is the Public Vote, and the number one thing to do during ArtPrize is see incredible art by Artists from all over the world—and vote for who you think should win the $200,000 Public Vote Grand Prize!

But ArtPrize is more than the competition itself. From rich educational programming to intimate Q&A sessions to full-blown parties, there’s something for everyone to learn, experience and celebrate.

Explore the full ArtPrize events calendar.

In Grand Rapids

Although ArtPrize may seem to take over the entire city for a few weeks, there are still lots of other things going on in downtown Grand Rapids and the surrounding areas during ArtPrize—from great local food and exceptional craft beer to downtown shopping, music and entertainment. Plus, with biking, hiking, fishing and an abundance of other activities for outdoor enthusiasts within the area and the beautiful West Michigan coast just 30 minutes away, there’s something for everyone.

Learn more at and

Art Meets Heart Steps Challenge

Turn your steps into prizes at ArtPrize Nine. While walking our Pantone Pathways and exploring off the beaten path, we hope you'll join in our AHA Steps Challenge! It's as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Track your steps on your personal device
  2. Walk 10,000 steps or more at ArtPrize
  3. Visit ArtPrize HUB/HQ and enter to win heart-healthy prizes

Brought to you by our friends at the American Heart Association. #AHAMI

ArtPrize Labs

Art is meant to be experienced, but it's also fun to make! Unleash your creative spirit with these free activities and resources designed for artists of all ages.  Click here for a full list of events and make sure to download an ArtPrize Family Activity Kit.

Family Activity Kits: Download an ArtPrize Family Activity kit, available in English or Spanish below, to find unique experiential learning opportunities at the event this fall.

Studios: Visit a drop-in studio for a self-directed creative experience.

Studio Events: Attend a studio event featuring hands-on art activities and creative experiments at Rosa Parks Circle.

  • 3D Experiments. 9/23 12PM-3PM Join ArtPrize Labs and Herman Miller Cares in building a gigantic temporary cardboard installation at Rosa Parks Circle. This event is inspired by the Eames Office, Carton City and the Global Cardboard Challenge. While at the event, make sure to create something out of repurposed materials at the ArtPrize Mobile Workshop and stay for pop-up activities all around Monroe Center.
  • Drawing Experiments. 9/30 Noon-3PM Join ArtPrize Labs and Newell Brands for a fun-filled afternoon of drawing and coloring. ArtPrize visitors of all ages are welcome to join in the fun as we work together to color a HUGE sharpie mural as well as participate in collaborative drawing activity stations. Make sure to stay for pop-up activities* all around Monroe Center.
  • Painting Experiments (9/23 Noon-3PM) Join ArtPrize Labs and the Air Zoo as we send paint flying from two different types of catapult systems, launching paint-covered objects at a canvas to create colorful collaborative impact art, try your hand at pendulum painting and add to an experimental painting using robots and other unique objects to paint with. Make sure to stay for pop-up activities* all around Monroe Center including the ArtPrize Mobile Workshop and create something out of repurposed materials.

Mobile Workshop: Stop by the mobile workshop for pop-up art-making activities with repurposed materials. 

Who made the Mobile Workshop? From 1996 to 2016 Cameron operated a design and fabrication studio here in Grand Rapids focused on commissioned and self generated projects in furniture, residential interiors, public objects, and experimental vehicles. His focus was to create exquisite, inspiring, high quality objects that serve our public and private experience. Cameron holds an MFA from the University of Michigan in 3D Design and a BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Furniture Design and Fabrication. In 2016 Cameron began teaching design full time and is now an assistant professor of Industrial Design at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. He says that plans always to return to Grand Rapids each summer. To learn more about his work go

Who is activating the Mobile Workshop? After studying sculpture at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland Oregon, Eliza Fernand has spent the last ten years attending artist residencies and pursuing a nomadic cross-country career that led her back to her home state of Michigan in 2014. As a teaching artist, she teaches at Cook Arts Center, KCAD Continuing Studies, and ArtPrize Education Days. Fernand has exhibited sculpture, video, performance, and quilt works nationally, and has painted outdoor murals in multiple cities including Grand Rapids. Her work often involves public interaction and reusing discarded materials.

Partner Events: Attend one or all of our free partner events. 

  • GRAM Studio: 9/23, 9/24, 9/30, 10/1, 10/7 and 10/8, 1-4 p.m.
  • Kid’s Art Fest: 9/24, 12-4 p.m.
  • GRKids Stroller Tours- Shapes and Colors: 9/27, 9:45 a.m.
  • GRKids Stroller Tours- Animals + The Outdoors: 9/27, 11:00 a.m.
  • Lions & Rabbits - Color Emotion: 9/25, 4-5:30 p.m.
  • Lions & Rabbits- Family Collaboration: 9/30 and 10/7,  11 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Lions & Rabbits- Swing Dancing: 9/26 and 10/3, 3 p.m.-5 p.m.
  • Lions & Rabbits-Recycled Costume Design: 10/4, 4-5:30 p.m.
  • Artists Creating Together - Alphabet Soup: 10/1, 12-3 p.m.

ArtPrize Labs is supported by


ArtPrize strives to connect visitors with all abilities to the world of art. All of the city's leading cultural institutions meet Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility guidelines, and most participating venues are self-identified as handicap accessible. See all accessible Venues by clicking on the filter option Physically Accessible.

Universal Access 

ArtPrize remains committed to implementing thoughtful and intentional ways of supporting all of our visitors. Rooted in a spirit of social inclusion and our belief that Grand Rapids can be a leader in Universal Access, we strive to offer supportive services to make ArtPrize enjoyable for everyone. We believe that the most captivating conversations happen when our audience reflects the true diversity of our community.

Access Art Experience Guide

The Access Art Experience Guide has been designed to support and encourage our visitors who experience disabilities or mobility challenges of any kind, to explore, learn and participate fully in ArtPrize. Please stop by any ArtPrize HUB to pick up a copy, or download a pdf of the Access Art Experience Guide. 

The Access Art Pathway

While all ArtPrize Pathways provide the least amount of barriers to our visitors, those with accessibility needs can pick up a self-guided tour from any ArtPrize HUB and embark on a route that has been specially curated with visitors mobility in mind.

The ArtPrize HUB/HQ acts as the beginning and end to our Access Art Pathway. 

*All ArtPrize Pathways have been reviewed and approved by our friends at Disability Advocates of Kent County (DAKC). 

Free Wheelchair Loan Program

Courtesy of Mary Free Bed and Airway Oxygen Inc., ArtPrize will have wheelchair loans available in the ArtPrize HUB/HQ and Monroe North HUB located at DeVos Place. These wheelchairs will be available to loan for a few hours or the entire day. There is no fee to loan a wheelchair. Visitors will need to provide an ID and credit card information when checking out the wheelchair, all of which will be returned upon checking back in. We ask that wheelchairs are returned a half-hour before the ArtPrize HUB/HQ and Monroe North HUB close.

ArtPrize Event Guide and Educational Material in Spanish

The Event Guide and Family Activity Kits are translated into Spanish. Please pick one up at an ArtPrize HUB or download them here (available shortly). 

Guía del Evento ArtPrize y Materiales Educativos en Español

La Guía del Evento ArtPrize y los Paquetes de Actividad Familiar están traducidos al español. Por favor, recógelos en un HUB de ArtPrize, o descárgalos de nuestro sitio web aqui.

ASL Interpreter 

All of the programming taking place in the ArtPrize Studio at the HUB/HQ, as well as the Public Vote Final 20 Announcement and ArtPrize Awards events will include an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter. These programs are accessible to members of our deaf and hard-of-hearing community through ASL-English interpretation. 

ArtPrize On Screen

THE VIETNAM WAR and DINA screenings will have open captioning, find out more at

Featured Lists: DisArt

This collection of 2017 ArtPrize entries was chosen by DisArt, an organization committed to changing perceptions about disability through curated, contemporary art experiences and strategic partnerships. Please view DisArt's List here. Find all featured lists at

Rapid Rides to ArtPrize

Now in its fourth year, Rapid Rides to ArtPrize grants 10,000 individuals with a free Event Guide and Metro Pass. Working closely with Grand Rapids Public Schools, Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative, Head Start for Kent County and many community organizations around Grand Rapids, this program distributes key resources to those who might not otherwise have access to them. Please contact to get involved.

Public Transit

The DASH, Silverline and all Rapid buses are wheelchair accessible and ADA service animals are permitted on all transit. Visit any Meijer store or ArtPrize HUB to purchase an ArtPrize Metro Pass - for $5 this pass allows you 10 free rides on all fixed routes and unlimited rides on the Silverline during ArtPrize. 

Accessible Parking

More Accessible parking spaces have been designated during ArtPrize by the City of Grand Rapids Parking Services. Download the Accessible Parking and Mobility Guide, published by Mobile GR as a resource highlighting Free and Accessible Transit Services and Parking Facilities that are available during ArtPrize.

Contact ArtPrize

It is very important to us that ArtPrize is experienced by everyone. If there is something we are missing, we look to you to point it out as we move forward and plan future events. Please contact Amelea Pegman, Managing Director at with questions, concerns, or feedback.

Thank You

Special thanks to our sponsors and community partners who make this work possible.

DisArt, Disability Advocates, Robles Consulting LLC, The Rapid, MOBILE GR, Mary Free Bed, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Airway Oxygen                                                              


Large Groups

Whether you are a company, team, tour group, or community of any type, we think you’ll agree that ArtPrize is best experienced together. Three square miles of exhibition space and countless forms of creative expression may seem like a lot of excitement to manage, but we are here to help. You can access easy bus drop-off and parking, register to vote, and be on your way in no time. Additional resources for educators are available through our Education Days Program.


Easy Drop-Off

Short-term bus loading and unloading is available on Louis Street between Monroe Avenue and Ottawa Avenue near the Grand Rapids Art Musuem. 

Convenient Parking

After your group is on their way, bus drivers will find convenient parking on Scribner Avenue NW between Pearl St. and Bridge St. or on Mt. Vernon Avenue NW between Douglas and Lake Michigan Drive, just a 5–10 minute drive from the Louis Street drop-off. For more information, please visit the City of Grand Rapids Parking Services


Voting for your favorite ArtPrize entries is one of the best ways to spark conversations and engage with all that you see. Sign up to vote on the ArtPrize mobile app or at any of the ArtPrize HUBs. From there, we suggest your group choose a Pathway, follow or create a List, and embark on your unique ArtPrize adventure.