Welcome to your ArtPrize Daily. The ArtPrize Daily exists to keep you in the loop — delivering the ArtPrize scoop to your inbox every morning during Preview Week and the 19-day event. It's a one-stop info package, offering a concise recap on the previous day's events, a look forward to the day ahead, and handy tips to help you make the most of your visit.

What's Happening Today at ArtPrize?

ArtPrize Nine is underway, and if you're an artist, the only way to win is through the Public Vote, or the Grand Prize jury. If you're a visitor, you can win by exploring the ArtPrize Daily. ArtPrize Nine is underway, here's what you need to know.

Round 1 Voting, presented by Meijer, is officially underway for ArtPrize Nine! Every entry at every Venue in the ArtPrize District is in the running for the big prizes. See as much art as humanly possible and vote for the artwork you think deserves a spot in the Public Vote Final 20. Cast your first vote at ArtPrize, and then vote from anywhere in the world.

Can't make it down until this weekend? Take a virtual 3-D tour of our ArtPrize Nine hospitality spaces, from wherever you are, thanks to our friends at Perspective 3-D. Be sure to check back often as their team will be capturing ArtPrize Nine grant-winning entries, including the 2017 Featured Public Projects, and winners throughout the event.


  • ArtPrize Tours — Not quite sure where to start, or looking for a fresh new perspective on the annual event? Take a tour of ArtPrize Nine and our city with us! The ArtPrize Nine tour, produced by the ArtPrize team, has been specifically designed to draw your attention not only to artwork that is entered into the 2017 event, but also iconic artworks that are permanent to the city of Grand Rapids.  
  • ArtPrize On Screen: "12th and Clairmount" — Tonight ArtPrize On Screen continues with "12th and Clairmount," a documantary created with home movie footage,  looks back at the causes and aftermath of the 1967 Detroit riots. The film will be predeced by Michigan-made short film, “The Festival”Reserve your tickets online and pick them up at Will Call at the Ladies' Literary Club (61 Sheldon Blvd SE 49503, next to ArtPrize HUB/HQ).
  • City Water Building Reception — Head out to the City Water Building by Richard App Gallery for a reception to showcase the 40 artists and artist-teams showing and sharing their work there with ArtPrize attendees — including a flaming carnival!
  • Opening Reception: Undocumented / Indocumentado — Join the Rumsey Street Collective tonight from 5-8 p.m. for an opening reception for 'Undocumented / Indocumentado.' This year, Rumsey Street returns as a community driven venue focused on honoring and documenting narratives that are crucial to the fabric of the neighborhood as it currently exists, working to maintain the cultural and historic elements of a community during major change.
  • ArtPrize Clubhouse Chats — This season we are turning things up at the Clubhouse. Join us for "Clubhouse Chats" where we invite artists and program providers to stop by and give us an inside look at various parts of ArtPrize. Learn about events for kids, artist entries, how museums are embracing ArtPrize and more! "Clubhouse Chats" are a program exclusive for ArtPrize Nine Badgeholders, including members, artists, venues, sponsors, volunteers and media. Not yet a badgeholder? Join ArtClub! Sign up online or stop by the Clubhouse to sign up in person (50 Louis St NW 49503 on the 7th floor, open daily 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.).
  • Honda Design & Drive Art Contest — Drop by Rosa Parks circle to watch six artists transform Honda vehicles with their unique designs in this on-going challenge. Be sure to note your favorites, as West Michigan Honda Dealers will open up a public vote to select the winning design on September 25.

Check out our events calendar — both online and on the mobile app — for a complete list of activities taking place around Grand Rapids.


Round 1 Voting, presented by Meijer, opened yesterday at Noon. You'll have until Midnight on September 30 to cast your votes for your favorites from among the 1,346 eligible artist entries. During Round 1, every entry at every Venue in the ArtPrize District is in the running for the big prizes. See as much art as humanly possible and vote for the artwork you think deserves a spot in the Public Vote Final 20. Download the ArtPrize mobile app today to preview entries and sign up to vote.

Don't miss the Jurors' Shortlist Event next week Monday, September 25 — when the Category Jurors announce their top picks, including 20 of the finalist entries that will move on to Round 2 Voting. Join the live studio audience at the ArtPrize Studio at HUB/HQ. Be sure to arrive early! Doors close at 6:45 p.m. and seats fill up quickly. Can't make it in person? Not to worry — you can watch live on WOOD TV8 starting at 7 p.m.

Featured Upcoming Events: 


ArtPrize On Screen, presented by the Michigan Film & Digital Media Office and produced by Celebration! Cinema, is back for another year with 13 new narrative, documentary and short films. The series kicked off yesterday and runs through Saturday, September 23. Each feature will be preceded by a Michigan-made short film curated by the UICA’s Open Projector Night Series. 

Get complete details + tickets at artprize.org/film, and join us this week at the Ladies' Literary Club located at 61 Sheldon Blvd SE, next door to the ArtPrize HUB/HQ.


Enjoy a cold Green Zebra, the Official Beer of ArtPrize Nine, amongst friends at the first ArtPrize Studio Series event of 2017. Taking the stage at ArtPrize HUB/HQ will be members of the Founders Brewing Co. leadership team moderated by Todd Herring, ArtPrize Director of Creative and Communications — diving into their creative process and the evolution of their beer lineup. Stick around after the event for the one-time-only event, STEAM Village After Dark. Founders + Robots = the perfect evening. Reserve your tickets!

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The African American Art and Music Celebration returns in 2017 with a three-day festival that will immerse the community in exceptional art, delightful live music, dance and entertainment, and scrumptious food reflecting the many aspects of our diverse community. Your taste buds will be tantalized while you are being transcended by the art and music!

#ArtPrize9 Images of the Day:

ArtPrize Nine kicked off yesterday and all 1,346 entries are picture perfect ready! Above is snapshot of the work that has contributed to the transformation of Grand Rapids — shot by these Instagrammers:

Interested in the chance to be featured? Share your ArtPrize Nine experience on Instagram with our official hashtag — #ArtPrize9. Simple as that!

Yesterday at ArtPrize:

Yesterday was the official opening of ArtPrize Nine and we're excited to see what this season unfolds! There was tons of art to see and events to attend on this beautiful day. 

We started the day off by catching our first ArtPrize+ event in action — an interactive yoga experience at DeVos Place Convention Center in collaboration with Funky Buddha Yoda Hothouse. Interested in the intersection of art, mind and movement? Join us for more FREE ArtPrize+ events presented by Spectrum Health.

Yesterday, also marked the launch of ArtPrize Education Days presented by PNC Bank. We officially kicked off this program that is slated to bring 18,000 students from across the state to the ninth annual event, live on Maranda Where You Live.

The day culminated with an evening of celebration, at the Opening Day Ceremony. The GVSU Laker Marching Band and Dance Team brought their infectious energy to Rosa Parks Circle, kicking off the festivities and setting the tone for the evening, after which Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss declared ArtPrize Nine officially open.

For Kids of All Ages: 

Calling all artists! ArtPrize offers an array of FREE activities for families and kids of all ages to participate in. ArtPrize Labs provides hands-on activities and creative experimenting through daily and drop-in activities, events, and programs produced by leading cultural organizations. ArtPrize Labs is sponsored by Grand Valley State University, Herman Miller Cares, and Switch.

  • ArtPrize Studio — Unleash your creative spirit and stop by the ArtPrize Labs Studio at the HUB/HQ for creative activities that are fun for all ages. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. through October 8.
  • STEAM Village Learning Lab — Art meets technology at the 2017 iteration of STEAM Village — where schools and visitors of all ages are invited to drop by our unique learning lab experience. Powered by Switch, the STEAM Village hosts a variety of activities including experimenting with robots, drawing with 3D pens, experiencing virtual reality and more! The STEAM Village Lab is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. through October 8. 
  • ArtPrize Labs Mobile Workshop -- Stop by Rosa Parks Circle from 3 to 7 p.m. to check out the ArtPrize Labs Mobile Workshop -- sponsored by Herman Miller Cares -- and participate in creating pop-up art making activities with repurposed materials. 

ArtPrize News: 

With so many amazing things happening during the ninth annual event, see who's talking about ArtPrize and what they said:

Support ArtPrize:

ArtPrize is a nonprofit organization. Your support helps the event thrive year-over-year, elevating the artists, venues and educators that create a world-class exhibition and generate learning opportunities for all.

Below are a couple ways you can support ArtPrize this fall and year-round:

  • Membership: Join our ArtClub membership program and get insider access to the event as well as perks year-round, or become an ArtFan to provide support for critical ArtPrize programs that serve the social good.
  • Retail Sales: Stop by the ArtPrize HUB/HQ or your local Meijer Store to pick up ArtPrize Nine merchandise, including commemorative clothing, pint glasses and mugs, the inaugural ArtPrize Magazine 'Public Notice,' and more. You can also shop many items online.
  • Volunteering: Join the nearly 1,000 volunteers who step forward to welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors to ArtPrie each fall. We couldn't do it without you.

Thanks to Our Sponsors:

Support from our corporate sponsors represented our largest source of revenue in 2016, accounting for 56% of ArtPrize’s $3.6 million operating budget. This support, combined with individual membershipretail sales and more makes ArtPrize possible each year.

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