Venue Overview

Nearly 200 venues throughout Grand Rapids open their doors to host artists and visitors during ArtPrize®. Any space within the ArtPrize district can sign up to participate — no matter the size of the space, whether it’s public or private, whether it’s indoors or outdoors. Museums, parks, universities, retail shops, office spaces, restaurants, cafes, nonprofits, churches, residences and truly any other building or space can join in the energy and excitement of ArtPrize.

Venues are essential to the success of each event. ArtPrize is remarkably open and collaborative by design. Each individual venue that signs up works directly with artists, organizing its own show. Collectively, these nearly 200 independently-organized art shows make up the ArtPrize competition — attracting hundreds of artists and hundreds of thousands of visitors from all around the world.

ArtPrize District

The ArtPrize district spans three-square miles of downtown Grand Rapids, MI. Any space within this boundary can be an ArtPrize venue. The ArtPrize boundary extends north to Leonard Street and south to Wealthy Street, west to Alpine Avenue NW/Straight Avenue SW and east to College Ave.

Take a look at the map below to see if your space is eligible:

View a larger map of the ArtPrize district.

Venue Registration

To participate in ArtPrize, venues must first sign up during the Venue Registration period. The Venue Registration period for ArtPrize 2020 is now open.

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 $100 registration fee to enter your venue and create your venue profile.
  3. Receive ArtPrize approval; then start planning your exhibit!

For more information on the Venue Registration process — including tips for creating your venue profile and information on the approval process — download our Interested Venue Packet.

Connect with Artists

After you’ve registered your space to be an ArtPrize venue, paid the registration fee and received approval from ArtPrize — it’s time to start planning your exhibition.

The next step in this process is finding artists to exhibit artwork in your space. It’s important to note that your venue’s participation in ArtPrize isn’t fully confirmed until at least one artist has agreed to show their work in your space.


We call the process of artists and venues matching up “Connections,” a six-week period during which registered venues and artists find each other on the ArtPrize website and agree to work together. ArtPrize plays no role in assigning artists to venues. Instead, you’ll decide which artwork to display in your venue. 

When Artist Registration opens, you’ll be able to browse registered artists. Then, during the Connections period, you may contact artists and artists will contact you. The Connections period will open in early June 2020.

This process of selecting artists and curating exhibits is managed through the Connections tool on your ArtPrize Account.

Hosting Agreement

When you've found an artist you'd like to work with, you need to sign a Hosting Agreement — a contract between you and each artist that details all the specifics of your working relationship. Venues need to provide each artist with a Hosting Agreement during the Connections process, and it must be signed by both parties before the Connection is complete.

Download our Hosting Agreement template, making sure to customize it based on your specific needs and what you negotiate with individual artists. 

Every Hosting Agreement should include:

  • A description of the artwork to be exhibited
  • Specific requirements for the artwork (like lighting)
  • How much space the artwork will take up in the venue
  • Specific description of the agreed location within the venue
  • Any additional open hours for the venue beyond the required minimum
  • When the artist can start installation
  • Arrangements for shipping, installation, and removal if the artist will not be attending the
  • event
  • Who pays for shipping (if necessary)
  • Who pays for promotional materials (if any)
  • Who is responsible for insurance and security during the event
  • How sales are handled
  • Who is responsible for artwork removal and how and when it will be removed

For more information on the Connections process, download our Registered Venue Packet.

During ArtPrize

Required minimum hours

During the 19 days of ArtPrize, venues are required to be open and accessible to the public for at least the minimum required hours listed below, but are welcome to stay open beyond the requirement.

  • Monday – Thursday: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday & Saturday: Noon – 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: Noon – 6:00 p.m.

If your Venue is outdoors or the exhibit can be experienced as intended from the outside, you do not need to keep your building open to the public, as long as the artwork is accessible during the minimum open hours.

Volunteer support

Many venues choose to work with volunteers to promote their exhibitions, keep the doors open, answer questions, provide security or guide visitors through the building. We strongly encourage all venues to involve their community in hosting an ArtPrize venue.

It’s important to note that ArtPrize itself does not provide volunteers to help with individual venues. Official ArtPrize volunteers are recruited for event wayfinding, educational programming and more. Venues should arrange for their own support during the event.

Host Events

Take advantage of the energy and excitement of ArtPrize by hosting an event at your venue. If you're planning receptions or other events at your venue leading up to or during ArtPrize, you can add them to our online Events Calendar. This calendar also feeds into our mobile app, putting your event in front of thousands of iOS and Android users. 

Add Your Event

Official Rules

The following is a summary of the Official Rules for Venues:

  • Venues must pay a $100 non-refundable fee to register.
  • After registration, Venues must be approved by ArtPrize.
  • Venues must sign a Hosting Agreement with each Artist exhibiting at their Venue.
  • Venues grant ArtPrize full rights to photograph the Venue during the event.
  • Venues must be open and free to the public for the minimum required hours during the event.
  • ArtPrize is not responsible for any damages that could occur to the Venue during the event.
  • ArtPrize is not responsible for Artwork left in the Venue after the event.