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?

A portion of 'Atomic Reaction' by Susan Supper at DeVos Place Convention Center

Round 1 Voting closes in two days! Your vote could be the deciding factor on whether or not your favorite entries advance to Round 2. If you haven't cast your first vote yet, make sure to sign up on the ArtPrize app or at any of our ArtPrize HUBS. Once you cast your first vote at ArtPrize, you can vote from anywhere in the world! 

ArtPrize Studio @ HUB/HQ | 7 p.m. EDT

As part of the hands-on education activities and programming in the STEAM Village, a lively discussion with leaders in the Smart Cities movement will take the stage — highlighting what it means to be a truly “Smart City” and how art, design, technology and innovation are impacting innovation in cities like Grand Rapids and beyond. Panelists include Kristi Overgaard, Switch Chief Awesomeness Officer (CAO); Patti Poppe, Consumers Energy CEO; Mike Morin, Start Garden CEO; and Brian Seth Hurst, a Virtual Reality thought leader and innovator.


  • Observe a Long Pose Model Workshop — Grand Valley Artists, Inc. invites you to observe a long pose painting session conducted by Candice Chovanec, a national oil painter.
  • DIY Drop-In Day - Stamp a Keychain w/ Harbinger Leather Design — Join Parliament the Boutique for a Drop-In DIY Day at Parliament's studio with Jacob Vroon of Harbinger Leather Design, local leather-worker, and co-founder of Parliament the Boutique. Learn to stamp a custom keychain with a word, your name, initials, or another phrase; walk-in during 5-8pm to do this little craft. Cost is $10 per person and can be paid at the door- no sign up necessary! 
  • Vizions Dance Performance — Head to Cultura Collective at Rumsey Street for a must-see dance performance by Vizions.
  • All Access Open Mic — Calling all creatives! Stop by the Mayan Buzz Café from, 8 to 10 p.m., to express yourself whether it be through singing, spoken-word, storytelling and more! All ages are welcome to participate. Content presented must be original. 

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


The Jurors' Shortlist has been announced, and now we are left to find out which 20 entries will wow visitors and secure a place alongside the category jurors nominees as a finalist. Make sure to keep casting your votes — Round 1 Voting presented by Meijer runs through September 30 at 11:59 p.m. EDT — and then don't miss the Public Vote Final 20 Announcement on October 1. Join us at Rosa Parks Circle starting at 1 p.m.

Featured Upcoming Events: 

'Roosevelt Park Neighborhood Stories' at Cultura Collective at Rumsey Street

Blue Bridge | Fri. 4p-11p | Sat. Noon-11p

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.

ArtPrize Studio @ HUB/HQ | 7 p.m. EDT (doors close at 6:45 p.m.)

Join the live studio audience at the ArtPrize Studio @ HUB/HQ on October 2 and 3, as a panel of three art experts discuss half of the finalist artist entries ― including those selected by public vote and the category jurors ― in a lively, humorous, and irreverent debate, further exploring the tension between public and expert approaches to assessing art, and seek to answer the burning questions often asked on each side of the debate.

October 2 will discuss 2-D and Installation finalists, featuring Jim Daichendt, Dean of Arts and Humanities at Point Loma Nazarene University; Belinda Tate, Executive Director of Kalamazoo Institute of Art; and Lizzie Whitington, Visual Arts Curator at SXSW―will discuss the 2-D and Installation finalists in  

October 3 will focus on 3-D and Time-Based finalists, featuring Justin Witte, Curator and Director at Cleve Carney Art Gallery; Laura Ritchie, Co-founder and Director at The Carrack Modern Art; and Kulapat Yantrasast, founder of wHY Architecture―will examine finalist entries in the 3-D and Time-Based categories. 

Can't make it in person? Not to worry. Our friends at WOOD TV8 will be broadcasting each event live.

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#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 got up bright and early for today's ArtPrize+ event, An Interactive Meditation Experience sponsored by Deloitte, at the ArtPrize Clubhouse. Hosted by the experts at From the Heart Yoga and Tai Chi Center, attendees were able to practice meditation in a practical and down-to-earth way — allowing them to relax their minds and bodies. Interested in joining the fun? Visit our website to register for upcoming ArtPrize+ events!

With Education Days programming underway, downtown Grand Rapids is filled with eager students, ready to explore, learn and create. We stopped by one program in session yesterday — STEAM, Fizz, Boom!, featuring our friends at Air Zoo. Students were creating film canister rockets, hoop gliders and more! Mesmerized by the way art and science concepts tied together to create interactive activities, it's safe to say that the kids had a blast — literally.

We know you love to ArtPrize. Well, so do we! Yesterday, we stopped by the DeVos Center to explore their ArtPrize Nine exhibition. And what an experience it was. Throughout such a diverse collection of entries, we were able to capture a couple pieces including 'Nautalie of the Emerald Sea' by Alan Brown and a portion of the massive-but-intricate entry 'Detroit Crossroad to Innovation' by Hubert Massey. 

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 ArtPrize HUB/HQ from 3-7 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. 
  • Youth Collaboration Award — The Youth Collaboration Award, sponsored by Western Michigan University, gives K-12 students a platform to exhibit their work for thousands of ArtPrize visitors (that’s you!) to view. For the first time ever, ArtPrize Nine will feature 26 student-driven collaborative entries from schools across the state of Michigan. To find all Youth Collaboration Award entries, click here! 

ArtPrize News: 

'You Belong to Me' by Liss LaFleur at The Fed Galleries @ KCAD, Kendall College of Art and Design

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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