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?


Round 1 Voting closes tomorrow at 11:59 p.m.! Your vote could be the deciding factor on whether or not your favorite artist 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.

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

Today's the day! The second annual ‘HopCat WYCE Blue Bridge Music Festival’ is bringing 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 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.  
  • River for All Pop-Up Community Input Activities — Visit the Bridge Street Bridge for a hands-on activity studio to learn about our River’s history and flow through a series of pop-up river’s edge environments.
  • VOICES: A community history project — Launching at ArtPrize Nine, VOICES is the local and regional oral history project powered by WKTV Community Media, and their mission is “to collect, share and preserve the stories of people in our community”—the stories of our lives; the stories of people from all walks of life. Stop by the Airstream trailer, located at Monroe Avenue and Lyon NW, to tell your story. 
  • 2nd Annual Aquene Gathering - A Native American Dance Presentation — Taking place at Rosa Parks Circle, various styles of Native dance will be presented, including a friendship dance which all will be invited to participate in. Traditional handmade Native crafts will also be on display.
  • Fire Carnival & Show — Capn Nemo's Flaming Carnival is an interactive, event-based experience that creates a way for everyone to get involved in the magic. Tonight, they're bringing out their flaming popcorn machine and their interactive fire games (did someone say flaming skeeball?). Also, don't miss the Aerial Performance with Bangarang Circus at 9 p.m.

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


Which 20 entries will wow visitors and secure a place alongside the category jurors' nominees as finalists? Time is running out to cast your votes! Round 1 Voting presented by Meijer runs through tomorrow, September 30 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. The following day, don't miss the Public Vote Final 20 Announcement powered by Consumers Energy. The finalists will be revealed on the big screen at Rosa Parks Circle, powered by LiveSpace, starting at 1 p.m. on October 1.

Featured Upcoming Events: 

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. 

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.

The ArtPrize Studio Series is powered by ITC, Your Energy Superhighway

20 Monroe Live | Awards Ceremony, 7:30 p.m. | ArtPrize After Dark, 9 p.m.

Find out which artist entries will take home part of the $500,000 in cash prizes — awarded equally by public vote and expert jury. The two-time Emmy Award-nominated ArtPrize Awards Ceremony, powered by DTE Energy Foundation, will be broadcast live on NBC affiliate WOOD TV8, starting at 7:30 p.m. Todd Herring, ArtPrize Director of Creative and Communications and long-time River City Improv comedian, will return as host of the ceremony alongside returning house band, ONEFREQ. Tickets to the ceremony, plus ArtPrize After Dark, are now on sale for just $9.99 — but get yours quick because they're going fast.

Immediately following the announcement of the $200,000 Public Vote and Juried Grand Prize winners, the floor at 20 Monroe Live will transform from a TV studio-style audience, clearing the floor for ArtPrize After Dark, presented by LIFEWTR. Detroit-based band ONEFREQ will kick off the evening with a soulful set, followed immediately by headlining artist, Maségo. Get tickets while the last!

#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:

Art is in the eye of the beholder, and it's wonderful to see artists showcasing their innovative ideas each year. Stopping by the city water building at the richard app gallery, we were able to encounter many unique pieces. Some of the entries we captured were 'The Deadly Tide' by Francis ODonnell and 'Mr. E' by  Kevin Kammeraa.

There's art in every corner during ArtPrize. Lucky for us, we didn't have to look very hard to find ArtPrize Nine entry 'Birds of a feather' by Ritch Branstrom. The massive, intricately-executed piece is a definite head turner. You can see this entry right outside the Grand Rapids Children's Museum.

Rosa Parks Circle is the epicenter of activity in downtown Grand Rapids. While there, we decided to scope out the beautifully decorated Hondas, which are all in the running for the Design & Drive Art Contest, presented by West Michigan Honda Dealers. Make sure to take a few laps around to decide which is your favorite because the public vote closes on October 5. Don't have time to come downtown? Visit their website to see detailed pictures of the entries and cast your vote for your favorite! The winning artist will receive a 2-year lease on a new Honda Civic. 

To cap off the day, we dropped by the ArtPrize Studio @ HUB/HQ to check out the Smart Cities panel. The audience heard from the brilliant minds of 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, as they dove deep into a discussion about what it means to be a truly "Smart City." 

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. 
  • 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: 

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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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