"By almost any measure, the idea has been a runaway success for this mid-sized Michigan city." -- Ben Davis, ArtNet News

Welcome to the ArtPrize Press Room. ArtPrize will return Sept.-Oct. 2020. Browse below to learn more about the event, and head to to learn about our new venture.

About ArtPrize

ArtPrize® will return Sept.-Oct. 2020.

ArtPrize is an open, independently organized international art competition and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

ArtPrize is recognized as the most-attended annual public art event on the planet according to The Art Newspaper, and was recently highlighted in The New York Times’ 52 Places To Go in 2016

For 19 days, over 500,000 attendees descend upon Grand Rapids, Michigan where anyone can find a voice in the conversation about what is art and why it matters. Art from around the world pops up in over 160 venues—museums, galleries, bars, restaurants, theaters, hotels, public parks, lobbies, buildings, walls, bridges, laundromats, and auto body shops—and it’s all free and open to the public.

It’s unorthodox, highly disruptive, and undeniably intriguing to the art world and the public alike.

What makes ArtPrize unique?

  • Open Call for Artists and Venues
: Anyone over the age of 18 can be an artist and any space within the ArtPrize district can be a venue. Anyone can participate.
  • Independently Organized
: The entire ArtPrize exhibition is independently organized by venues and artists who connect through
  • Public Vote and Juried Awards: 
Two $200,000 grand prizes and eight category awards worth $100,000. Half decided by public vote, and half decided by a jury of art experts.
  • Mission & Guiding Principles: Read the ArtPrize mission statement and learn more about the princples that guide our work here.

Contact Us

Have questions? Get in touch with Jaenell Woods, ArtPrize Communications Manager:

Important Dates

  • ArtPrize Preview Week Starts
  • ArtPrize Preview Week Ends
  • Round 1 Voting Starts
  • Juried Award Finalists Announced
  • Round 1 Voting Ends
  • Round 2 Voting Starts
  • Round 2 Voting Ends
  • Tenth Annual ArtPrize Awards
  • We are here