About ArtPrize

ArtPrize® is an open, independently organized international art competition which takes place in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It celebrates artists working in all mediums from anywhere in the world, and is open to any creative with an artwork to enter and a venue willing to host it. 

For 18 days, art is exhibited throughout downtown Grand Rapids, in spaces indoors and out, public and private. ArtPrize awards $450,000 directly to artists, through grants to support their ambitious work and through prizes which the public decides through the ArtPrize mobile app. 

ArtPrize is remarkably open and collaborative by design. Museums, bars, public parks, restaurants, theaters, hotels, bridges, laundromats, auto body shops, vacant storefronts and office spaces sign up to be ArtPrize venues. Then artists and venues find each other on our website, creating the nearly 200 independently-organized art shows that make up the ArtPrize competition—and attracting visitors from all around the world. No one at ArtPrize selects a single artist or artwork, directs an artist where to show work or directs a venue what to show. Instead, you decide where to show your work.

Over ten years, 3.4 million ArtPrize visitors have cast 3.4 million votes and artists from around the country and world have received $4.6 million in prizes.

The event continues to stimulate conversation in Grand Rapids and beyond about how art connects to audiences and the role it plays in civic life.

Read more about ArtPrize.

$200k in Grants

Art is essential. Your role as an artist is too. Your work encourages critical discourse, challenges us to step outside of our comfort zones,  inspires generations of artists and art lovers, promotes cultural understanding, and so much more. Like we said, essential.

We know it takes courage to embrace the spirit of ArtPrize, to take risks and push your creative boundaries, to create innovative and ambitious work in front of one of the largest contemporary art audiences in the world.

And so we’re excited to introduce $200,000 in grants designed to ensure artists have the financial support they need to realize their vision at ArtPrize 2021.

Curatorial Grants ($100k)

Individual curators, cultural institutions, and arts organizations will activate prominent outdoor locations in downtown Grand Rapids, exploring themes relevant to the community by hosting a diverse set of artists and artworks, and through events and performances. Grants sets of $3,000-13,000 each are available to support both the curator or organization and the individual artists.

Applications are open through March 25, 2021.

Artist Equity Grants ($50k)

This new program will support a more diverse group of artists to participate in ArtPrize 2021 and seeks to underwrite work that focuses on diverse, innovative, challenging, and engaging themes. Selected artists will receive $1,000-$5,000 each to help with fabrication, shipping, travel, and other considerations necessary to support their participation in ArtPrize.

Applications open April 19

Project Grants ($50k)

ArtPrize venues have the opportunity to award grants of $1,000-$5,000 each to artists exhibiting ambitious outdoor work, and use the promise of those funds to attract artists who might not otherwise participate.

Venues will begin to apply March 1

$250k in Prizes

We’re making some changes to our prizes, giving you new ways to win and more ways to engage with visitors than ever before. Stay tuned. Details coming soon.

Artist Registration

To participate in ArtPrize, artists must first sign up during the Artist Registration period. Artist registration for ArtPrize 2021 will be open from April 19-June 10, 2021.  

Registration is a simple three-step process that happens right here on the ArtPrize website.

  1. Sign up for an ArtPrize account, or sign in if you already have one.
  2. Pay the registration fee ($50 for individuals, $100 for collaboratives) to enter your artwork and create your entry profile.
  3. Complete your entry profile.

After registering, artists must connect with an ArtPrize venue to participate in the event. For more information on Connections, see “Connect with a Venue.”

Connect with a Venue

After you’ve registered your artwork as an ArtPrize entry and paid the registration fee — it’s time to find a venue to exhibit your work.

ArtPrize plays no role in assigning artists to venues. Instead, you will decide in which venue you want to show your work. Browse registered venues and then, during the Connections period, you may contact venues and venues will contact you.

This process of selecting venues is managed through the Connections tool on your ArtPrize Account. The Connections period for ArtPrize 2021 will be open from May 3-June 23, 2021.

Artist FAQ

What is ArtPrize?
Check out the detailed About section here.

How do I stay up to date on ArtPrize artist information year round?
If you haven't already, sign up for artprize.org account here. You'll receive email notification on artist information and upcoming events. 

How do I enter my work?
ArtPrize 2021 Artist Registration is open from April 19-May 27, 2021. You may register your entry online at artprize.org any time during that window. Registration may be completed online only; there is no paper application. You can find more information here

How do I submit a collaborative entry?
One member of your team will need to register the entry account by selecting the ‘I am entering as team’ option on the registration form.  To add additional team members, first have them register for a general artprize.org account using the ‘Sign up’ option (If they are already a member, enter the email address associated with their artprize.org account).  On the entry form select the black ‘Add a Team Member’ button and enter their email address.  Once they are added, the team member can sign into their personal account to create an artist profile that is linked to the collaborative entry.  

Does my entry have to be complete before I enter ArtPrize?
No. Often times artists register an entry that has not yet been completed. When you register, fill in your entry profile and personal artist profile as completely as possible. This includes a detailed description of your entry, as well as images, sketches or renderings of your work in progress. Entry and artist profiles can be updated at any time, even after artist registration and connections close. We only require that your entry be completed by the opening of the event on September 16.

How many pieces can I enter?
Each artist may submit only ONE entry. An entry may include several pieces that make up a series or an installation with several elements. Each entry must have one titled, and will be voted on as a single unit. To submit a series or multi-part installation as your entry, you will need to indicate the entire space needed to exhibit the work in the Entry Details section of your Entry Profile, and a description of the series, individual piece sizes, etc. in the Description section.

How much does it cost to enter?
When you register, you will pay a $50 registration fee. Collaborative entries (entries made by a team of 2 or more artists) are $100. All entries must be paid by credit card through our secure payment system online.

How do I find a venue to display my entry?
Once registered, you can browse the list of venues and request connections (once the Connections period opens in early June). Click the thumbnail image of a venue to review and find out if it would be a good fit for your work. If so, you can click the black "REQUEST CONNECTION" button near the top right corner of each venue profile page.

Can I reach out to venues before Registration and Connections?
Yes. Each venue is independently organized, and each venue has their own approach for organizing their exhibition. Some venues plan far ahead, some do not. It probably won’t hurt to reach out to venues early, but it is helpful to work with venues on their timeline. If the venues you'd like to connect with are not accepting proposals until Connections begin, reaching out early won’t help.

How many venues can I request?
We recommend starting with six or seven requests. You can request connections with as many venues as you like, but ultimately you must connect with only one.

Can I connect with more than one venue?​
No. You can request connections with as many venues as you like, but you can only secure a connection with one venue. Once you have secured the connection online, the Request Connection function will be disabled for your entry. All remaining pending connections will lapse.

What happens if I don’t connect to a venue?
If you do not connect with a venue, you are not entered in ArtPrize 2021. The $50 registration fee is non-refundable. As with most juried art exhibitions and open call shows, not all artists who submit will be included in the final exhibition. Unlike most juried shows, however, ArtPrize will waive the registration fee for the next ArtPrize event for those artists that do not connect with a venue this year.

I need to sign a Hosting Agreement with my venue. What is that and how do I get one?
The Hosting Agreement is a contract that must be signed between each artist and their venue before the connection can be finalized. It covers installation details, insurance, shipping, and other important details. Generally, the venue coordinator you connect with will create the hosting agreement from a template provided by ArtPrize to venues. Both parties will review and then sign the agreement.

Do I need to insure my entry?
ArtPrize does not require Artists to obtain insurance for their artwork, but it is strongly encouraged. 

When can I begin installing my work?
It depends on your venue. All delivery, installation and de-installation details should be made directly with your venue coordinator.

Does ArtPrize provide me with labels?
Yes. Your venue coordinator will receive official ArtPrize labels that must be displayed with each entry. They include voting information, as well as title, medium, category, artist name, and artist city, state, and country. ArtPrize does not print artist statements, but we do provide digital templates if you would like to create your own. 

Do I need to be present with my entry during the event?
No, but we encourage you to attend. Our visitors really enjoy hearing directly from the artists about their work, and it is a great chance to meet other participating artists.

How should I prepare for ArtPrize?
Once your entry is complete, you should make plans for how to deliver or ship the work to your venue in time for the event. Let your venue know if you have any specific requirements for display in your hosting agreement, and if changes need to be made, make sure that you discuss them with your Venue Coordinator.  

ArtPrize encourages artists to take a more sustainable approach to the event, therefore please avoid bringing printed materials to pass out.  

Can I use the ArtPrize Logo?
No. When promoting your ArtPrize entry, you are not permitted to use the ArtPrize logo.  Instead, we provide an Artist Icon that Artists can use on promotional materials.

Where does the prize money come from?
ArtPrize is a 501c3 nonprofit. We fundraise year round to cover our entire operating budget, including the $450,000 awarded in artist grants and prizes. The largest type of contribution is corporate giving, followed by foundations, individuals and government grants.