Grand Rapids, MI has been home to the international art competition ArtPrize® since 2009. For three weeks starting the end of September through the first half of October, Grand Rapids becomes a destination for art lovers and art learners alike. With over 1,500 entries and three square miles to cover it can seem daunting to a first time visitor. But don’t worry, with a little planning and some tips and tricks from seasoned ArtPrize attendees you’ll look and feel like an ArtPrize pro in no time.
So let’s go!
First, check out all 1,536 entries to start making your “must see” exhibits list. Jaenell Ott, public relations manager for ArtPrize wants visitors to know if they have an iPhone, iPad or Android device, there is an app for that! The ArtPrize app lets you search for specific entries or discover art near you when you come to town. “You can also skip the lines and place your votes through the app,” said Ott.
With so much to see, past attendee Laura Henkel suggests planning more than one day to visit if possible. And luckily Grand Rapids has some amazing hotels to make your overnight stay a fantastic experience.
Now that you have planned where you are going and where you might be staying, come on over!
Grand Rapids is easy to get to by plane, train and automobile. By car, the city is only three hours from Detroit and Chicago and a myriad of flights come in and out of Gerald R. Ford airport every day. Greyhound and Amtrak both stop right in the heart of the city.
Whether you take a cab directly to your hotel or drive a car, fear not parking.
“We have found parking to be every easy – especially if you get there early,” two-time patron Dave Serino said. “There is plenty of parking in the downtown surface lots and it is really right in the middle of everything. It is affordable and easy to get in and out.” [read more…]