ArtPrize 2014 from ArtPrize on Vimeo.

ArtPrize Hotel Packages
Mobile City Tour

Glass of beer at Founders

10 Things You Never Knew About Greater Grand Rapids

Everyone has heard about how Grand Rapids is “Furniture City,” the home of Amway and Meijer, and the land of cyclopean church buildings. However, quite a diverse mix of attractions has been added to G...more

Posted April 30, 2015
ArtPrize art entry

GRAND Rapids: Looking Forward to 2015!

Happy New Year!  Although I can't believe 2014 has come and gone, there are plenty of things to look forward to in 2015.  Particularly in Grand Rapids!  While you can always check out the calendar of ...more

Posted January 1, 2015
ArtPrize 2014 GRAM

5 Tips for Families Headed to ArtPrize 2014

Heading to ArtPrize with the family? I've been taking my kids to ArtPrize since it started six years ago- and over the years I have come up with a few tips that will help any family headed to Grand R...more

Posted September 30, 2014

What is ArtPrize?

ABA Top 10 Event for 2015ArtPrize began nearly four years ago as an experiment - a totally new event, unlike anything the world had ever seen, filled with the experiments of artists and the opinions of everyone.

When is ArtPrize?

Another great year of ArtPrize has come to a close. Did you miss the announcement of the winners? Don't worry, you can read all about the 2014 ArtPrize Winners! Be sure to mark your calendars for next year - you won't want to miss it!

Future Dates:

September 23 - October 11, 2015

September 21 - October 9, 2016

Check out the 2013 ArtPrize Winners!

Not going to be in Grand Rapids during ArtPrize? Find out how you can experience ArtPrize 365 Days a Year!

New in 2015!

The 19-day event will feature a new series called ArtPrize Tonight to extend the art competition beyond the hours that venues are usually open. It will showcase events in three categories, Critical Discourse, ArtPrize on Screen and ArtPrize on Stage. These three new events will highlight creative expression through music, performance, video and film.

ArtPrize on screen is a partnership with the Waterfront Film Festival to create a film competition which will take place at various venues across downtown Grand Rapids during the art competition. 

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. Votes are cast on, via text message and mobile app.

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.

Round 2 (Next 5 days): Vote for your favorite of the Top 20 entries, winner announced on Friday night.

There will be one public voted grand prize winner of $200,000 and a winner in each of the four categories recieves $20,000. 

There are also juried awards with the same prizes.

How do you ArtPrize?

1. Sign up at to browse through the entries and identify your must-sees.

2. Register to vote at The HUB@41 Sheldon or any of the seven exhibition centers. Anyone over the age of 16 can vote - but you must first register in person at one of these locations.

3. Vote:
   1. At - just search for the artist or enter the artist vote code.
   2. By SMS text messaging - register your mobile phone on and send the artist's vote code to 808080.
   3. By smartphone app - download the free ArtPrize iPhone app from the iTunes store or the Android app from the Android Marketplace. Search for "ArtPrize" in either place.

ArtPrize Merchandise

Shop for clothing, mugs, buttons and more at the Hub and the exhibition centers. Look for an online store at


ArtPrize continues to finalize plans and support materials as the event draws closer. Visit for the latest information, or email

10 Art Experiences


The world’s richest, most radically open arts competition takes place every autumn in downtown Grand Rapids. More than 1,500 artists display their work … and you vote for the winner! More

Grand Rapids Ballet

Michigan’s only professional ballet company celebrates its 40th season with more than 50 performances of classical and contemporary dance, from The Nutcracker to Dracula. More

Grand Rapids Symphony

One of America’s leading regional orchestras presents more than 400 performances each year, spanning an incredible range of music and performance styles – from Mozart to Michael Jackson. More

Opera Grand Rapids

Michigan’s longest-running professional opera company assembles national and regional talent for three annual main stage productions. This season: Il Trovatore, The Magic Flute and La Boheme. More

Broadway Grand Rapids

Enjoy high-quality Broadway productions in one of the Midwest’s finest performing arts facilities. This season’s lineup includes White Christmas, Les Miz, Mary Poppins and Cats. More

Community Theatre

Grand Rapids Civic Theatre presents classic crowd-pleasers like this season’s Wizard of Oz and Harvey. Actors’ Theatre focuses on more innovative fare – Spring Awakening is on this year’s schedule.

Art Museums

Grand Rapids Art Museum supplements its collection of more than 5,000 works of art with popular touring exhibits, while Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts offers the latest art forms and creative ideas More


Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts presents a wide range of independent films in its new downtown theatre. More than 80 additional screens around town offer more commercial movies. More


Downtown streets are lined with significant sculptures, while Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park places large-scale works by world-renowned artists in gorgeous natural settings. More


From national touring acts to popular regional favorites, Grand Rapids is alive with the sound of music all year long. Many annual concert series focus on specific music genres or performance niches More