So why enter ArtPrize? While the possibility of taking home part of the $250,000 in prizes may be motivation, it’s far from the only reason you should participate.

Here are four reasons why ArtPrize is worth the artist registration fee:

1. THE CITY IS YOUR CANVAS

Grand Rapids is a city that is open and receptive to experimentation. The city “finds a way to yes” by placing risky or ambitious work in unusual places. There are expected spaces where artists can show work at ArtPrize — museums, galleries, coffee shops, restaurants, and hotel lobbies — but there are also lots of surprising, non-traditional indoor and outdoor spaces like the Grand River and bridges that cross it, vacant office spaces, laundromats, auto mechanics, and distilleries.

2. THE PUBLIC RESPONDS TO YOUR WORK

ArtPrize is an ideal place for artists who are interested in connecting with a diverse and engaged public on a scale unlike any other event. During ArtPrize, hundreds of thousands of people come to downtown Grand Rapids just to see art.

In a city of 200,000 people, there are 500,000+ visitors, from West Michigan and beyond. In the streets, bars, and restaurants, on television and online, they react to the work they’ve seen with countless conversations, recommendations, and interactions through the ArtPrize app.

North Carolina artist Stacy Kirby, winner of the Juried Grand Prize of $200,000 in 2016 for her interactive performance and installation The Bureau of Personal Belonging,  said it best: “Artists should feel empowered to use their work to manifest change through conversation and connection. ArtPrize definitely offers such a platform. The 5,000 visitors that came through The Bureau experienced the product of ArtPrize's commitment to openly supporting all artists.”

3. THERE ARE GRANTS TO HELP YOU MAKE IT HAPPEN

Throughout the year, ArtPrize awards grants to artists and curators through several grant programs. This year, we're excited to offer $200,000 to help artists realize their ambitious ideas at ArtPrize 2021. Applications for Artist Equity Grants, representing $50,000 of that funding, are still open through June 10. Through this new program, ArtPrize will support individuals from underrepresented backgrounds to participate in the 2021 event and seeks to underwrite work that is intentional and focuses on diverse, innovative, challenging, and engaging themes.

4. VISITORS BUY ART

More than 20% of artists report making sales or receiving new commissions through their ArtPrize experience, and we want to see this number grow. That’s why in 2021, we’re creating a platform through which artists can sell their work, one that brings together all ArtPrize entries that are for sale into one branded, seamless buying experience — backed by a marketing push that encourages visitors to buy and educates them on the importance of supporting artists financially. Artist will have the option to either participate in an auction, with a minimum bid, or establish their asking price and sell their work outright. No sellers fees, artists keep 100% of the proceeds from the sale.

Interested in participating in ArtPrize? Sign up here to show your work this fall.

 

Originally posted 4/20/2017. Updated 5/24/2021.

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