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 of 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?

The first weekend of ArtPrize Nine is underway, and there's tons to see and do. It's going to be a bit of a scorcher out there, but don't let that discourage you from getting your ArtPrize on! Check out the stunning film above created by Brian Kelly which captures the heart of ArtPrize Nine, and then dive into our tips below to help you beat the heat while you're out ArtPrizing.

  • Pick up a Rainy Day Experience Guide  — This guide doesn't just help you navigate rainy days like a pro — it'll help you keep cool too! Follow this guide and find yourself exploring the event through a mile-long skywalk that weaves through some of the most popular (air conditioned) ArtPrize venues.
  • Stay hydrated with Water Share — Stay hydrated with ArtPrize Water Share, presented by Spectrum Health. All you have to do is grab a FREE sticker from any of our seven ArtPrize HUBS, place it on your reusable water bottle and visit any participating venue to fill up.
  • Visit the ArtPrize Clubhouse — If you get stuck in the heat, make sure to take a second to rest. Take a breather and stop by the ArtPrize Clubhouse where you can relax in the air-conditioned building, sip on a drink to cool down and grab a snack to re-energize. Oh, there's FREE wifi too! The Clubhouse is exclusive to our badge holders, so if you haven't joined ArtClub already, now's a great time! Membership starts at only $30, and you can sign up on the spot.


  • 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: "Human Flow" & "The New Radical" — Tonight, ArtPrize On Screen wraps up with a double feature. First up at 6 p.m., catch "Human Flow," a film capturing the condition of today’s population of more than 65 million displaced individuals who fled their homes in search of new lives. The "Human Flow" screening will be preceded by the short film, "Manifesto," directed by Don Deleon. Then at 10 p.m., don't miss  "The New Radical," a film taking a glimpse into a rarified world, filled with embittered young people born into a dreamless, corporatized, and deeply politicized generation, where the only real resistance is at their fingertips—the internet. This feature film will be preceded by the short film, "Party Foul," directed by Stephen Pell. Reserve your tickets online and pick them up at Will Call at Celebration! Cinema North, located at 2121 Celebration Dr. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525. 
  • African American Art & Music Festival — Make your way down to Calder Plaza to enjoy the African American Art and Music Celebration! For the duration of three days, the festival 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!
  • Moosejaw Nappetizers — Stop by Rosa Parks Circle to experience Moosejaw's “Nappetizers." Once you take a nap mid-air, you'll never want to go back to ground-napping.
  • Kids' Food Basket Bag Decorating -- Unleash your creativity and join Kids' Food Basket in Rosa Parks Circle to help decorate brown paper bags. Decorated sack lunches provide well-rounded, nutritious meals for children in need, while also brightening their day.
  • 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 in Grand Rapids.


Round 1 Voting, presented by Meijer, opened this week. You'll have until Midnight on September 30 to cast your votes for your favorites from among the 1,346 eligible artist entries. Haven't signed up to vote yet? We've got you covered with two simple ways. Download the ArtPrize mobile app and follow the simple on-boarding process; once you enter the ArtPrize district, your phone will let us know you were here, and you'll be set to vote! Don't have a smartphone? Stop by any of our ArtPrize HUBs where a friendly volunteer, equipped with state-of-the-art technology thanks to Trivalent Group, will get you signed up and on your way.

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 September 20 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. 

And be sure to check out the first episode of DisArt's DIStopia podcast, in which DisArt co-directors Chris Smit and Jill Vyn offer reflections of the independent films 'It Ain’t Over' and 'Dina.' Keep a lookout for more insightful podcasts throughout the ninth annual event!


Brooke Anderson, Museum Director at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, will take to the ArtPrize Studio stage to share the origins of Prospect New Orleans, the largest triennial of contemporary art in the U.S. — where she served as Executive Director for four years. Under her leadership, Prospect New Orleans shifted from a biennial to a triennial, and she oversaw the development of Prospect.3 in 2015, which was met with critical acclaim and was seen by nearly 100,000 people. In her ArtPrize keynote address, Anderson will explore how partnerships and collaborations established and encouraged the triennial’s audience.

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The second annual ‘HopCat WYCE Blue Bridge Music Festival’ brings the energy of live performance to the ArtPrize night scene. The Blue Bridge—organized by Quinn Matthews, Station Manager WYCE 88.1FM — will once again play host to all things music at ArtPrize Nine. Held September 29 and 30,  the festival promises two epic days and nights of FREE musical entertainment featuring musicians and bands from across the country — competing for the ‘ArtPrize Song of the Year’ award.

#ArtPrize9 Images of the Day:

ArtPrize Nine is underway and all 1,346 entries are picture perfect ready! Above is a 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:

We stopped by Western Michigan University Grand Rapids to chat with Rena Detrixhe, winner of Pitch Night Bentonville, and catch a bit of her installation process for 'Red Dirt Rug Monument.' 

We were also able to witness spoken word in action by The Diatribe — supporting program partner of ArtPrize Education Days — as their members performed pieces for students exploring social justice themes. 

A couple more events happened on Thursday evening that we just have to share. At the Artist Seed Grant reception, we found artists enjoying the beautiful weather while mingling, enjoying light refreshments and making connections. (Photo by Terry Johnson)

Also, Yoga + Lasers. New to ArtPrize this year is ArtPrize+, a program providing FREE events celebrating the intersection of art, mind and movement. In collaboration with Funky Buddha Yoga, An Interactive Yoga Experience allowed attendees to relieve their stress through challenging — yet fun! — poses underneath the night sky, illuminated by the Blue Bridge and STARFALL by AJ Paschka.

A hot, sunny day calls for an ice cold beer! To close out the night, we stopped by the ArtPrize Studio Event: The Art of Founders Brewing Co. to listen in on the history of how Founders dives into the creative process to produce delicious brews year after year. After a night full of conversation, attendees closed the evening out with virtual reality, robotics activities and more Founders’ brews at the one-night-only event, STEAM Village After Dark. To get a true feel for the night, check out the Facebook Live action below! 

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 Noon 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 ArtPrize 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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