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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 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.


VOTE + WIN: Vote today — via the ArtPrize mobile app, online at artprize.org, or via text (SMS) — for any entry in the installation category today and be entered to win a $100 shopping spree at the ArtPrize HUB Retail Store!  Note: The winner will be announced tomorrow morning (along with tomorrow's VOTE + WIN challenge). Read the official VOTE + WIN rules.

Yesterday's VOTE + WIN winner is Chad Paffhausen


  • Critical Discourse -- powered by ITC, Your Energy Superhighway -- continues tonight at 7 p.m. in The HUB theatre with a panel focused on Art & Activism -- Speakers including Taylor Aldridge and Jessica Lynne co-founders of ARTS.BLACK, Detroit and New York; Suhaly Bautista-Carolina, Engagement & Education Manager at Creative Time, New York and artist, Dread Scott will address important contemporary social justice efforts such as #BlackLivesMatter, and how art is situated at the forefront of these movements.
  • Drop by Rosa Parks Circle and check out the West Michigan Honda Design And Drive competition entries -- vote for your favorite now through until October 8!
  • Notions Marketing will be attempting to break a new Guinness World Record for Arm Knitting in Rosa Parks Circle from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. today. Everyone is invited and encouraged to lend a hand. Free yarn will be supplied by Premier yarns while supplies last!

  • Vote! ArtPrize Seven is currently in the Round 1 phase of voting. During this time every Entry at every Venue in the ArtPrize District is in the running for big prizes. You have until Oct. 3 at midnight to vote for the artwork you think deserves a spot in the Public Vote Final 20. Download the free ArtPrize Seven mobile app (for iOS and Android devices) and register now.

ArtPrize Tonight:

  • The Eddy -- a 10 day festival in downtown Grand Rapids -- begins today with a great lineup. Stage shows begin at 6 p.m. with other activities running throughout the day. Check out showtimes on the ArtPrize blog.

  • St. Cecilia Music Center has organized over 150 live free performances at five different official ArtPrize Busking Sites throughout the city. Watch musicians between 5 - 8 p.m. tonight -- get more details.

  • Grand Rapids Symphony show, Love, Lust & Rock 'n' Roll begins at 8 p.m. tonight, Celebrating hits from the '30s to the '90s with Pink Martini singer Storm Large.

Next Milestone Events: 

The Public Vote Final 20 Announcement -- presented by Consumer's Energy -- is this coming Sunday October 4 at 1 p.m. Join us at Rosa Parks Circle for the official announcement of the ArtPrize Seven Final 20. Find out whether the artworks you voted for have made it through to Round 2 Voting and are in with the chance of winning the $200,000 Public Vote Grand Prize! Don't worry if you can't make it downtown, WOODTV8 will be streaming it live.

Critical Discourse returns October 5 at 7 p.m. with Why These Finalists? -- Broadcast live on WOOD TV8 -- a panel of three art experts will discuss half of the public and juried finalists in a lively, humorous, and irreverent debate. Panelists include Jillian Steinhauer, senior editor of Hyperallergic, New York; Lisa Freiman, director of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Institute for Contemporary Art, Richmond; Anila Quayyum Agha, artist and 2014 ArtPrize winner, Indianapolis.

Check out the ArtPrize events calendar for full listings.



It was a full house at last night's Critical Discourse, with Pantone Color Institute's Executive Director, Leatrice Eiseman lending her insights and expertise in the field of color and design.


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