Did you know that the world’s most attended public art event takes place every fall in Grand Rapids, Michigan? Since its inception in 2009, millions of people have visited ArtPrize to see thousands of artworks displayed all over downtown.
ArtPrize is an open, independently organized international art competition that celebrates artists working in all mediums from anywhere in the world. It’s also an urban adventure like no other, full of wonder, excitement and the opportunity for visitors to award a share of $450,000 in prize money to their favorite artists.
Will there be an ArtPrize Grand Rapids 2022?
Yes! ArtPrize 2022 – the 12th year of the international art competition – takes place September 15-October 2. Large-scale installations are viewable as soon as Sept. 13.
How long does ArtPrize in Grand Rapids last?
ArtPrize extends for 18 days to give visitors the opportunity to see as many of the hundreds of artworks on display as possible.
What are the hours of ArtPrize?
ArtPrize is open 7 days a week:
You can find hours for specific venues at artprize.org/maps. Of course, you can stroll downtown to see the many outdoor art installations at any time.
Where is ArtPrize located?
The ArtPrize district spans three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids. Art is displayed in and around museums, parks, universities, retail shops, office spaces, restaurants, breweries, churches and any other space within the district that wants to participate. The greatest concentration of art can be found in the Downtown Convention Neighborhood.
Is there an Opening Ceremony for ArtPrize?
Yes, everyone is invited to the Opening Community Kick-Off of ArtPrize 2022 on September 16, from 7pm-11pm at Calder Plaza.
Is there a Closing Ceremony for ArtPrize?
Final awards will be announced at a Closing Ceremony on September 30 at Studio Park. There will be two more days of ArtPrize after that, so you can make sure to visit the winners.
Is ArtPrize free?
Yes, it is FREE – there is no charge to see any of the art, wherever it is located.
How do I find my way around ArtPrize?
This interactive map is your personal guide to venues, artists, parking, public transportation, micro-mobility and more. Printed guide maps will also be available at hotels and various other sites.
What are the must-sees at ArtPrize?
Everything is worth seeing – but if you have limited time, you might want to check out the large-scale outdoor pieces in city parks, including Calder Plaza, Rosa Parks Circle + Ah-Nab-Awen Park, the Gillett Bridge, MacKay-Jaycees Park, Sixth Street Bridge Park and the Blue Bridge.
Also, visit ArtPrize’s online interactive map for daily updates on which art pieces have been the most “favorited” by visitors – you might want to see the works that are really connecting with other people.
Is there anything for students at ArtPrize?
Yes – visit the ArtPrize Education page for details on Education Days, K-12 Digital Education Kits and Community Education Events.
Are you a college student studying visual arts? You are invited to bring your portfolio – whether it’s in the beginning stages or well-polished – to Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University for a review by creative professionals. Sept. 22 from 2pm-6pm.
Who selects the winner of ArtPrize?
You do! When you create a ArtPrize Visitor Account, you’ll be able to “favorite” the art pieces you see and like at each location, and the number of favorites helps determine more than 400 daily and weekly prizes from a $175,000 pool.
Another $62,500 in prizes will be awarded by jury experts in five categories: 2-D, 3-D, Time-based, Installation or Digital. This is on top $200,000+ that has already been awarded to artists through grants, and a new $12,500 artist-to-artist award.
Do I vote for an ArtPrize winner like I did in the past?
The process is a bit different from previous years’. Go to artprize.org/visitorlanding and register for an account. Then you’ll be able to hit a “favorite” button for the artists and art pieces you like. ArtPrize will track favorites to help determine how prize money is awarded.
Is there an ArtPrize app?
No, all you need to do is go online to artprize.org/maps to find and “favorite” art.
Can I buy the art I see at ArtPrize?
Yes! The AllArtWorks online art-selling platform will start showing the ArtPrize pieces available for sale starting in early September. Any artwork you purchase can be picked up after the event concludes.
Are there any cool events happening in and around at ArtPrize?
Absolutely. Check out the ArtPrize Events Calendar and these recommendations:
What else happens at ArtPrize?
Festivals, performances, workshops, walking tours and more – check the ArtPrize Events Calendar for details.
How can I get the latest news on ArtPrize?
What if I have a question or need help with voting or other elements of ArtPrize?
The quickest way to get answers is via social media – start by sending a message to ArtPrize on their Facebook page.
You can also drop by the ArtPrize Visitor Center at 40 Pearl St. or the ArtPrize Headquarters at 80 Ottawa Ave.
How many people go to ArtPrize?
More than 500,000 visitors typically attend ArtPrize in any given year. That makes it the world’s most attended public art event, according to The Art Newspaper.
Where do you park for ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, MI?
Accessible parking spots can be found in all city ramps and lots – you can find them on the ArtPrize interactive map, the city’s interactive parking map and this downloadable parking facility map. The maps also show routes for the DASH shuttle, which is a FREE and convenient way to get around downtown – just look for the bright pink buses.
Metered spaces are also available throughout downtown.
Who won ArtPrize Grand Rapids 2021?
“Before You Go” by artists Christian Reichle & Monica Pritchard won the public vote grand prize in 2021. You can see the winners in each category for every year of ArtPrize here.
Will there be an ArtPrize 2023?
You bet there will – mark your calendar for Sept. 14-Oct. 1, 2023.
Art brings joy – and ArtPrize infuses all of Grand Rapids with a celebratory air. While the event is centered downtown, outlying sites (including Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park) also join in. The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, Grand Rapids Public Museum and Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts see their busiest crowds of the year. (So do downtown restaurants and breweries). Concurrent events and festivals bring even more people to the city center to have fun.
You can visit Grand Rapids any time of year for a glimpse of ArtPrizes past. Many former ArtPrize pieces remain as permanent installations or parts of collections in the Grand Rapids area – from massive murals outside the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum and Grand Rapids Ballet headquarters to these six pieces. They’re all part of a rich, vibrant art scene that makes Grand Rapids one of the Best American Cities for Creatives (Thrillist).
ArtPrize began in 2009 as an experiment – a totally new event, unlike anything the world had ever seen. Radically open by design, it transforms Grand Rapids into an open playing field where anyone can find a voice in the conversation about what is art and why it matters. Powered by technology, the exhibition organizes independently with artists from around the world submitting their entries for display at hundreds of venues throughout the heart of the city. And it’s all free and open to the public who ultimately decides the winners.
In 2014 and 2015, London-based The Art Newspaper declared ArtPrize the world’s most attended public art event, topping exhibitions at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia (#2 in 2014) and The Tate Modern Gallery in London (#2 in 2015).
After celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2018, ArtPrize was scheduled for an every-other-year format, alternating with another community-wide art festival (Project 1). However, ArtPrize 2020 was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the advent of effective vaccines and a greater emphasis on outdoor art installations, ArtPrize returned in 2021 – and will continue on an annual basis from now on!
Experience 10 years of ArtPrize history with this entertaining recap.