The creators of ArtPrize – the most attended public art event on the planet – are launching another world-class art experience in Grand Rapids. Just like ArtPrize, Project 1 focuses public attention and international acclaim on the local art scene.
What is Project 1?
It’s an immersive, multi-sited temporary public art exhibition consisting primarily of works by 3-5 commissioned artists. These works occupy multiple outdoor sites downtown and in select neighborhood locations. The seven-week run is punctuated by a series of community events, performances, volunteer opportunities, education programs and other activities.
Does Project 1 replace ArtPrize?
No. ArtPrize is now held on an every-other-year schedule, as is Project 1. Each event occurs in the fall of alternating years:
2019 - Project 1 by ArtPrize - September 7 - October 27
2020 - ArtPrize 11 - September 16 – October 4
2021 - Project 2 by ArtPrize - September - October
2022 - ArtPrize 12 - September 21 – October 9
2023 - Project 3 by ArtPrize - September - October
2024 - ArtPrize 13 - September 18 – October 6
2025 - Project 4 by ArtPrize - September - October
How is Project 1 different from ArtPrize?
ArtPrize is a competition, with thousands of artists vying for cash prizes awarded by public and juried votes.
Project 1 more closely resembles a traditional art exhibit – though the size and scale of it is anything but traditional. Project 1 organizers work with internationally renowned curators to select a handful of artists that devote significant time and resources to creating bold, expansive outdoor exhibits that transform the Grand Rapids landscape.