ArtPrize began nearly ten 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.
While every year is different, you can expect to see art everywhere. Art that makes you feel. Art that makes you think. Art that makes you wonder. Take a closer look at some of the art ArtPrize9 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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
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 first round narrows down the field of 1,500 artist entries to two sets of finalists -- twenty decided by public vote and twenty by expert jury.
Round 2 (Next 5 days): New for 2017, the second round of voting will include both the top 20 public and the top 20 jury finalists making a total of 40 finalists. Regardless of how they were selected, the voting public and the jury of art experts can consider all 40 finalists when choosing the winners of their respective awards.
Two $200,000 grand prizes and $100,000 in category awards will be awarded – half decided by public vote and half decided by a jury of art experts.
How do you ArtPrize?
1. Download the ArtPrize mobile app, free for Android and iOS devices, to browse through the entries and identify your must-sees.
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.
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.