ArtPrize in Grand Rapids

September 21-October 19, 2016


Downtown Grand Rapids plays host to perhaps the world's largest art competition--ArtPrize. It generally takes place in late September-early October, with many local artists submitting pieces.
The 2016 event will be September 21-October 19. There will be an official Preview Week September 14-20.
For 2015, there were over 1,550 entries on display at 162 public venues in Grand Rapids. The 2015 Public Vote Grand Prize Winner entry was "Northwood Awakening," a photographic print and quilt hybrid by Ann and Steven Loveless of Frankfort. It was the second time that Ann Loveless has won; the first time was in 2013 with her quilt "Sleeping Bear Dune Lakeshore."

Two northern area artists among the Top 20 in voting in 2015 ArtPrize:
  • Randall Libby, Manistee, "Michigan Petoskey Stone," DeVos Place Convention Center
  • Ann and Steve Loveless, Frankfort, "Northwood Awakening," Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
. Local artists participating in 2015 ArtPrize:
  • Jilly Barnes, Pentwater, "Perspectives," Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
  • Dick Bourgault, Ludington, "Harmonious Individuality," Holiday Inn, downtown Grand Rapids
  • Laurel Prafke, Ludington, "God's Country," Fifth Third Bank lobby on Lyon Street
  • Todd & Brad Reed, Ludington, "Todd and Brad Reed's Michigan: Wednesdays in the Mitten," 2nd floor of the BOB
Ryan Spencer Reed-Ludington

What is ArtPrize?
Simply put, it's a city-wide art competition within a 3-square mile district in downtown Grand Rapids. It is open to any artist age 18 and up. During the first 11 days, visitors can view the entries and take note of the ones they would like to vote for. Then you can cast one vote from the Top 10 entries. There will be two grand prizes worth $400,000...and eight category awards worth $160,000. Hours are Monday-Thursday 5-8pm, Friday and Saturday 12-8pm and Sundays 12-6pm. Exhibition Centers and Showcase Venues are open Monday-Saturday noon-8 and Sunday noon-6pm. Admission is free.
Jilly Barnes-Pentwater

This was not to be a run-of-the-mill art competition. Some very creative minds back in 2009 invented ArtPrize...where any artist in the world could compete with no limitations. The venue would not be contained to one place--if a property owner in Grand Rapids wanted their storefront to become a "canvas," it became one. And the public would vote to decide who would win the cash prizes.

So on September 23, 2009, 1,262 artists from 14 countries and 41 states entered their pieces for ArtPrize, and Grand Rapids wasn't quite prepared for the 200,000 people that arrived for the two-week event. Over the past three years, ArtPrize has featured over 4,500 artists, given away $1,428,000.00 in prizes and brought almost one million visitors to Grand Rapids.

Visit for more information and to vote. You can vote online, by text message or by the ArtPrize mobile app.

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Ludington Activities & Things to Do -- Play on a beautiful beach, take a tour at Historic White Pine Village, or explore the barn quilt trail, murals or sculptures in the county--Ludington offers many fun things to do for the entire family!
Have Fun in Manistee, Michigan -- Explore Manistee's historic downtown district and riverwalk, hike the Manistee National Forest, canoe on the Manistee River, and more.
Hamlin Lake -- Just 4 miles north of Ludington, Hamlin Lake is a great destination for boating, fishing and climbing dunes! The Hamlin Lake shoreline is also part of the Ludington State Park.
Silver Lake Sand Dunes -- Visiting the Silver Lake Sand Dunes makes for a terrific vacation because you can take your off-road vehicle for a spin on the scenic sand dunes overlooking Lake Michigan and Silver Lake.
Things to Do in Pentwater, Michigan -- Nothing is quite like the quaint, artsy, harbortown village of Pentwater. Don't miss the popular Charles Mears State Park beach on Pentwater's Lake Michigan shoreline.
Lots of Activities in Scottville, Michigan -- Explore the Riverside Park along the National Scenic Pere Marquette River.
Canoeing or Fishing on the Pere Marquette River -- Many boat liveries offer canoe rentals.
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