"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 project1byartprize.org to learn about our new venture.
What is ArtPrize?
ArtPrize is recognized as the most-attended annual public art event on the planet according to ‘The Art Newspaper’ and was highlighted in ‘The New York Times’’ 52 Places to Go in 2016. Learn about how it started, how it works and how it’s structured.
ArtPrize annually awards $500,000 in prizes, including two $200,000 Grand Prizes — half decided by smartphone-enabled public vote and half decided by expert jury. Find out who won at ArtPrize 10 in 2018.
Brian Kelly has been documenting ArtPrize since the beginning, sharing his lense and perspective of the past 10 years. We're so very lucky he created this epic short film for us all to reflect on and enjoy.
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 artprize.org.
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.
Have questions? Get in touch with Jaenell Woods, ArtPrize Communications Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org.