September 21 - October 9, 2016
ArtPrize began nearly eight years ago as an experiment - a totally new event, unlike anything the world had ever seen. For 19 days each fall, three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids become an open playing field 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, and it’s all free and open to the public.
Preview Week: September 14-20
Running from September 14-20, Preview Week will build structure around the hundreds of events, receptions, exhibitions, galas, and gatherings that happen around the ArtPrize district in the week before voting officially opens on September 21.
Local ArtPrizers and those in town early will get a first look at installations in progress around town while supporting ArtPrize institutional partners that produce excellent exhibitions year-round. Museum venues can charge regular admission during Preview Week, and will offer special perks to ArtPrize badge holders like Artists, Venues, Sponsors, Members, and Volunteers. Please check the venue for admission costs and perks.
More About ArtPrize:
September 20 – October 8. 2017
September 19 – October 7, 2018
September 18 – October 6, 2019
September 16 – October 4, 2020
September 15 – October 3, 2021
September 21 – October 9, 2022
September 20 – October 8, 2023
September 18 – October 6, 2024
September 17 – October 5, 2025
Did you miss the announcement of the ArtPrize 2015 winners? Don't worry, you can read all about the 2015 ArtPrize Winners! Still curious about past ArtPrize winners? Check out the past winner since the inaugural event in 2009!
In 2015, ArtPrize Tonight debuted at the 19-day event -- extending the art competition beyond the hours that venues are usually open. It showcased events in three categories, including Critical Discourse, ArtPrize on Screen and ArtPrize on Stage – highlighting creative expression through music, performance, video and film.
What Makes ArtPrize Unique?
You = Creator
ArtPrize is a platform for creation. The organizers are just a small part of the whole. Everyone brings something unique to the table, and we're excited to see what you bring.
ArtPrize = Catalyst
This grand civic project began with the value that art is important. It is uniquely capable of carrying the ideas of its creator and transforming the perceptions of an audience.
Art = Community
Art is the focus of the competition, but the main event is community. Artists take over the city, visitors explore and new relationships form. Communities open to new ideas organically. The community keeps growing, even after the event is over.
Public Vote = Winner
Public vote determines the top prize. Anyone over the age of 16 can register to vote. Cast your votes via mobile app, text message (SMS), and at artprize.org.
Round 1 (First 11 days): Explore ArtPrize and vote for the entries you think should win.There are four voting categories: 2-D, 3-D, Time-Based, and Installation. The end of Round 1 voting will determine the Public Vote Final 20.
Round 2 (Next 5 days): Vote for your favorite of the Public Vote Final 20 entries. The winners are announced on Friday night.
Two $200,000 grand prizes and eight category awards, more than $500,000 in total, is awarded – half decided by public vote and half decided by a jury of art experts.
There are also juried awards with the same prizes.
How do you ArtPrize?
2. Register to vote via the mobile app or in person at any of the ArtPrize voting sites. You must be within the ArtPrize district to register. Anyone over the age of 16 can register.
- Via the ArtPrize mobile app – download free via the App Store or Google Play. Tap the ‘thumbs up’ icon and enter the artist’s vote code – or search for the entry listing in the mobile app’s guide section, and tap vote.
- By SMS text messaging -- register your mobile phone on artprize.org, or in person at a voting site, and text the artist's five-digit vote code to 808080.
- Online at artprize.org – search the Find Art section for the entries you’d like to vote for and click the thumbs up.
Find more information on how to vote here.
Shop for clothing, mugs, buttons and more at the Hub and additional retail centers around the event. Find a full listing of retail locations in your Event Guide, or look for the online store at grandrapidsstore.com.
ArtPrize continues to finalize plans and support materials as the event draws closer. Visit artprize.org for the latest information, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.