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"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. Please browse below to learn more about the annual event and find press releases, event statistics, media accreditation information, and more.

About ArtPrize

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 in the early fall, around 400,000 attendees descend upon three square miles of downtown 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 every inch of downtown 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.

ArtPrize Nine will take place from September 20-October 8, 2017.

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.

Contact Us

Have questions? Get in touch with Jaenell Woods, ArtPrize Communications Manager: jaenell@artprize.org.

Important Dates

  • Venue Registration Starts
  • Venue Registration Ends
  • Artist Registration Starts
  • Artist & Venue Connections Starts
  • Artist & Venue Connections Starts
  • We are here
  • Artist Registration Ends
  • Artist & Venue Connections Ends
  • ArtPrize Preview Week Starts
  • ArtPrize Preview Week Ends
  • ArtPrize Opening Day
  • Juried Award Finalists Announced
  • Public Vote Finalists Announced
  • Ninth Annual ArtPrize Awards
  • ArtPrize Closing Day