ArtPrize Overview

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 the city in public parks and museums, in galleries and vacant storefronts, in bars and on bridges. $250,000 in prizes are awarded by the public (that’s you!), including a $50,000 grand prize.

Since its inception in 2009, millions have participated in ArtPrize, displaying their work, opening their spaces to artists and visitors from around the world, and sparking countless conversations about what art is and why it matters.

The energy and excitement is palpable during ArtPrize. We can’t wait for you to experience it.

Buying Artwork

This year, it's easier than ever before for you to take home ArtPrize entries you love - through our new ArtPrize 2021 Auction platform. Add to or start your art collection and support artists from Michigan and beyond this fall.

Details coming soon.

ArtPrize District

The ArtPrize district spans three-square miles of downtown Grand Rapids, MI. You’ll discover ArtPrize entries everywhere within that boundary, and even at a few venues that extend beyond it. 

More than 100 venues 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.

All venues are free and open to the public for the duration of ArtPrize during open hours.

Open Hours

ArtPrize open hours vary from venue to venue. While there are minimum open hours (listed below), most venues are open early and close later. Also, many artworks are outdoors and can be experienced 24/7. See individual venue hours listed on venue profiles.

Minimum Venue Hours

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

Events & Happenings

The #1 thing to do during ArtPrize is to experience the incredible art, find prizes throughout the event distict, and award them to the artists whose work you love. But ArtPrize is more than the competition itself. From grant-winning artist performances to community-run festivals and more, there’s something for everyone to learn, experience, and celebrate.

Explore our events calendar, which will include events official ArtPrize events as well as those hosted by ArtPrize venues, artists, partners, and more.

Getting To & Around ArtPrize

Downtown Grand Rapids can get very busy during ArtPrize, especially on weekends. We’ve compiled below some helpful tips and community resources so you can plan ahead and find your way to and around the event with ease.

GETTING HERE:

By Car:

  • Carpooling: When you can, please consider carpooling with others. It’ll help relieve traffic congestion and make finding parking that much easier for you and your friends and family.
  • Parking: Check out this interactive parking map from our friends at Mobile GR. Ellis Parking also offers information on their ramps and surface lots. Be sure to download the MOTU parking app for more convenient meter parking.

By Bus:

  • The Rapid: Grand Rapids' bus system, The Rapid, offers routes throughout greater Grand Rapids, including from the airport to downtown.
  • Meijer Park & Ride: If you’re traveling from the outskirts of Grand Rapids and want to avoid parking downtown, we highly recommend using the Meijer Park & Ride service. You can leave your car at one of  the nine area Meijer stores and ride The Rapid to ArtPrize.

GETTING AROUND:

  • By Bike: Take your bike to explore ArtPrize. Learn about biking in Grand Rapids.
  • Scooter & Bike Share: Our friends at Mobile GR launched a scooter and bike share pilot program in 2020. You can find electric scooters and bikes in locations throughout downtown Grand Rapids to rent and ride throughout ArtPrize.
  • On Foot: Explore our ArtPrize Pantone Pathways, which will take you within one block of most ArtPrize Venues. (New map coming this summer)
  • DASH: Look for the pink Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH) buses. It’s free to ride. They link the City’s downtown neighborhoods—perfect for seeing ArtPrize.
  • The Rapid’s Silver Line: Hop on this downtown circular without charge when you’re in the No Fare Zone.
  • Transit App: Use the Transit App to plan trips and locate nearby buses. It’s available for iOS and Android, and includes the City's free DASH routes.

Family Visits

Art is meant to be experienced, but it's also fun to make! Unleash your creative spirit at ArtPrize.

In the coming weeks, we’ll share free activities and resources designed for artists of all ages, as well as tips for visiting ArtPrize with your family this fall.

Out Of Town Visitors

Welcome to Grand Rapids! Our friends at Experience Grand Rapids have great information on hotels, restaurants, and more for you to make the best of your out of town experience.

Looking for a hotel? Our official ArtPrize Hotel Partners are all centrally located and within walking distance of the event. 

    

Accessibility

ArtPrize strives to connect visitors of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to the world of art. We believe the most captivating conversations happen when our audience reflects the true diversity of our community. If there's something we're missing, we look to you to point it out as we move forward and plan future events. Please contact support@artprize.org.

Venues

See accessible venues on the ArtPrize digital map by clicking on the filter option, "Physically Accessible." This list includes all leading cultural institutions which meet Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility guidelines, and most participating venues which have self-identified as handicap accessible.

Transportation

The DASH and The Rapid's buses are wheelchair-accessible and ADA service animals are permitted on all transit vehicles.

GO!Bus is a shared ride, advanced reservation, ADA paratransit service intended to provide a comparable level of transportation to that which is provided by a The Rapid fixed-route bus. The Rapid also provides GO!Bus service to non-disabled seniors (NDS) aged 65 and older.

Parking

Accessible parking spots can be found in all city ramps and lots. Metered spots can be found on the city parking map.

Resources

  • Visitor Map: The ArtPrize Visitor Map is an invaluable tool, offering useful information and a list of venues to help you get the most out of your visit. Coming Soon
  • ArtPrize Newsletter: Stay in-the-know on all things ArtPrize — get our newsletter delivered to your inbox.

Visitor FAQ

When is ArtPrize?

ArtPrize 2021 will take place September 16-October 3.

Where is ArtPrize?

Throughout Grand Rapids, Michigan, mainly in the downtown area with several sattelite venues. ArtPrize is a citywide event with more than 100 venues with art exhibited in public parks and museums, in galleries and vacant storefronts, in bars and on bridges. 

How much does ArtPrize cost to attend?

ArtPrize is completely free to attend thanks to our generous sponsors and donors.

Do I need tickets?

Nope! No ticketes needed. Just show up anytime during the 18 day-event to experience ArtPrize.

What are the hours of operation?

ArtPrize open hours vary from venue to venue. While there are minimum open hours (listed below), most venues are open early and close later. Also, many artworks are outdoors and can be experienced 24/7. See individual venue hours listed on venue profiles.

Minimum Venue Hours

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

Where can I find art?

Almost everywhere you turn in downtown Grand Rapids, you'll find ArtPrize entries. Artwork is big and small, indoors and out, visual and performance-based. Grab an ArtPrize map, check out our digial map here on artprize.org and start exploring.

Where do I park?

Check out this interactive parking map from our friends at Mobile GR. Ellis Parking also offers information on their ramps and surface lots. Be sure to download the MOTU parking app for more convenient meter parking.

How do I get around?

From walking to bussing, biking to scootering, there are many ways to get around ArtPrize and Grand Rapids. Details coming soon.

Are there tours available?

While the ArtPrize organization isn't offering tours, there are third party organizers that do. Details coming soon.

Is ArtPrize kid-friendly?

Absolutely. Kids of all ages are encouraged to attend ArtPrize and experience contemporary art, learn about artists, and make artwork of their own. Visit artprize.org/learn for resources.

How can I learn more about the art?

Each ArtPrize entry has a label next to it with the entry's title, artist name, medium, year created, and more. Each entry also has a profile on artprize.org - browse or search entries at artprize.org/entries.

How can I buy an artwork?

Many ArtPrize 2021 entries are for sale through the ArtPrize 2021 Auction. You can tell if a specific entry is for sale by looking at its label, where you'll find a QR code that'll take you to the auction site. Alternatively, you can visit the auction site directly and view all entries that are available to purchase. Link coming soon.

How can I support ArtPrize?

We're so glad you asked. You can make a donation to ArtPrize at artprize.org/for-donors. Every gift - whether $10 or $10,000 - helps make this unique event possible.