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?

'Atlas Of Stars & Gardens' by Sean Capone at The Harris Building

Round 1 Voting closes TONIGHT 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 online at artprize.org — a platform that has hosted 13,483 artist entry profiles and 1,526 venue profiles since 2009. And we're excited to be working alongside the team at Open Systems Technologies (OST), whose empathetic approach to technology and focus on human-centered design practices will keep the ArtPrize website’s users in mind — from artists and venues to visitors like you from around the world. 

Blue Bridge | Sat. Noon-11p

Another day of beautifully-crafted music is coming your way! The second annual ‘HopCat WYCE Blue Bridge Music Festival’ continues tonight, so come on down to listen to 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.
  • Cake Walk @ Calder Plaza — Consumers Credit Union and Nothing Bundt Cakes will host an attempt at the world’s largest cake walk in Calder Plaza to benefit Kids’ Food Basket. All cake walkers will take home a bundlet from Nothing Bundt Cakes. Check-in starts at 9 a.m. Please visit consumerscu.org/cakewalk to preregister
  • 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.
  • ArtPrize Labs Studio Event — Drawing Experiments — 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.
  • Shuttle to Cultura Collective at Rumsey Street — Looking for an easy way to travel between Cultura Collective at Rumsey Street and downtown? The DASH has you covered, running special service free of charge between the Outstanding Venue Juried Award-nominated venue and Rosa Parks Circle from Noon-6 p.m. on Saturdays & Sundays during ArtPrize Nine. Catch the Shuttle at Rumsey and Grandville in the Roosevelt Park Neighborhood, and at Louis and Monroe, near Rosa Parks Circle downtown Grand Rapids.
  • 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. From 10 to 12:00 p.m., dance the day away to the to the upbeat sounds of music, courtesy of a DJ. Make sure to bring your families out for family time, taking place from 2 to 5 pm., to enjoy carnival games such as ring-toss, operation, giant bubbles and more! Tonight, enjoy a flaming popcorn machine and interactive fire games (did someone say flaming skeeball?). Also, don't miss the Aerial Performance with Bangarang Circus at 9 p.m. And at 11 p.m., experience an intriguing Burlesque performance, behind a curtain. 

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: 

'Something Gained Something Lost' by Thomas Rice at Western Michigan University - Grand Rapids

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

ArtPrize Studio @ HUB/HQ | 7 p.m. EDT 

As a celebration of the participation of FIRST Robotics Competition teams at ArtPrize, Don Bossi, President of FIRST, will give a thought-provoking keynote address in the ArtPrize Studio. 

Bossi will focus on the role that educators, parents, and business leaders have in safeguarding that all students – especially those who are underserved and underrepresented in STEAM – have equitable opportunities and pathways to success that ensure uniquely creative, diverse, and innovative career prospects. Admission is free and open to the public. 

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 they 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:

As part of ArtPrize Education Days programming, the Mini Mogul Academy facilitated "The Art of Entrepreneurship" — a program led by Grand Rapids Public School graduates to discuss how they utilize their creativity and artistic skills to become leaders in their prospective industries such as fashion, science, technology and more. Students left the studio with smiles on their faces, eager to take on the world and some even left with cool prizes! 

In the heart of downtown, at Rosa Parks Circle, the 2nd Annual Aquene Gathering took place. “Aquene” means “We are friends, we come in peace.” This gathering was held to give the Native American Indian community the opportunity to share the beauty and richness of their culture with West Michigan, with the hope of laying a foundation for tearing down the walls of misunderstanding and stereotypes. Various styles of Native dance were presented, including a friendship dance which all were invited to participate in.

Rounding out the evening was the launch of the second annual HopCat WYCE Blue Bridge Bridge Music Festival, as talented musicians filled the streets of Grand Rapids with the sweet sounds of music. Crowds heard from Yolanda Lavender, The Bootstrap Boys and Michigander throughout the evening, each serenading the crowd with their distinctly unique sets. Learn more about tomorrow's lineup at artprize.org/music.

Looking for a caffeine boost to power you through your ArtPrize adventure? Don't miss the Ferris Coffee & Nut coffee truck at Rosa Parks Circle or their downtown location at 40 Pearl, where you can sip on one of these gorgeous signature ArtPrize lattes as well as pick up your own bag of Brazil Primavera, the Official Coffee of ArtPrize Nine.

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: 

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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