Now celebrating its 5th year, the wildly popular ArtPrize competition returns to downtown Grand Rapids September 18 - October 6, 2013. The art contest is open to anyone in the world and a public vote determines which artist will claim the top prize of $200,000. $200,000 will also be awarded by jury, doubling the amount given out in 2012. This year, 1,524 artists will display their work at 169 venues, all located within a three square mile area of downtown (exception: Frederik Meijer Gardens).



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How Voting Works: Voting is open to the public and completely free. There are two weeks of voting; during round 1 (September 18-28), the public can vote for entries they think should win, but can only vote once for each entry. Results will be available online in real time until voting ends at 11:59 p.m. on September 28. The top 10 finalists will be announced Sunday, September 29.

Week 2 voting (September 29-October 3) for the top 10 begins immediately after the finalists are announced. During this round, you only get one vote, but can change the vote as often as you like until 11:59 p.m. on October 3. The top winners will be announced at a special event on October 4.

Once registered, voters can cast their ballots online at ArtPrize.org, via text message or with the iPhone app (search 'artprize' in the App Store).

How to Register: Voting is open to anyone 16 and older, but you must register in person at one of the registration locations around the city between September 18 and October 3 with a valid government-issued ID. You can visit the HUB (41 Sheldon Blvd SE) on September 17 for an early registration event.

Hours: Exhibition Centers: noon to 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. All other venues: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon to 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

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Gallery Receptions, Parties & Special Events:

September 4

FoolMoon Luminary Making Workshop - Head to The Factory at 38 West Fulton to create your own luminary sculptures for the FoolMoon evening processional that will parade from the Public Museum to Rosa Parks Circle on September 28.


September 7

ArtPrize Prep - GRAM hosts the class for adult learners that will feature hands-on workshops inspired by this year's ArtPrize exhibit and by favorite entries from years past. Fee charged.


September 11

ArtPrize at GRAM: Members Party and The After Party - Get a sneak preview of the Art Museum's ArtPrize exhibition and meet some of the artists at the Members Preview starting at 6 p.m. At 9 p.m., the doors stay open until midnight so everyone in the community can attend. Free for members, $5 cover for non-members.

BarFly Exposed - From 6-9 p.m., get an early look at all of the ArtPrize installations at Grand Rapids Brewing Co., HopCat and McFadden's.


September 12

ArtClub Launch Party - Learn more about ArtClub, ArtPrize's new membership program, while checking out the new exclusive clubhouse area on the second floor of Gardella's.


September 14

Registration Day - Be among the first to visit the ArtPrize HUB and register for 2013. Last year's winning piece, Adonna' Khare's "Elephants" will be on display, plus giveaways will be handed out to the first 300 in attendance and cider and donuts will be passed out to all.

ArtPrize Prep - GRAM hosts the class for adult learners that will feature hands-on workshops inspired by this year's ArtPrize exhibit and by favorite entries from years past. Fee charged.

FoolMoon Workshop - At the family-friendly workshop inside the Public Museum, create unique illuminated creatures to carry in the FoolMoon Procession happening September 28.

DarkDangerousDaring - The UICA's ODD BALL is back with a mix of unexpected sophisticated decor and edgy performances against the backdrop of the arts organization's ArtPrize exhibition. Tickets on sale.

The Art of Fashion - Preview The Harris Building's (111 S. Division) ArtPrize collection of 50+ entrants and then head to the ballroom for the Lee & Birch / Wolverine Company Store's Fall Runway Show. All proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish Michigan.


September 15

A Lot of Art - For one evening, San Chez Bistro will be transformed into a lively street fair with local and national artists, food and drink demonstrations, an art auction, live music and a sneak preview of San Chez's ArtPrize entries. Tickets start at $10, with proceeds benefiting the Avenue for the Arts.


September 17

Monroe Neighborhood Preview - See more than 80 works installed at venues along Monroe Ave NW one night before ArtPrize officially opens. Visitors can also meet with artists, enjoy dessert and bid on a silent auction. Admission: $5 suggest donation.


September 18

ArtPrize opens! - Round One voting begins at noon.

Opening Kick-Off at Rosa Parks Circle - GVSU's Marching Band and Dance Ensemble will help kick off the ArtPrize festivities at 6:30 p.m. at RPC.

The Diatribe presents: WORD! - The blind/deaf-friendly ArtPrize exhibit at The B.O.B. will feature live spoken word, performance poetry and spoken art on Monday (censored) and Wednesday (uncensored) evenings. Free admission; donations will be accepted for The Well House of Grand Rapids.

Tattoo Sideshow Spectacular grand opening - Check out the tattoo artists showcasing their work at Take Hold Church on South Division while enjoying complimentary snacks and beverages from 5-8 p.m.

Puppets at Pearl & Monroe - Meet a crew of quirky puppet characters outside of McKay Tower daily throughout ArtPrize.

Echo Salon's Kick Off Party - Meet the five artists exhibiting their entries at the salon on Sheldon Blvd during the reception from 6-9 p.m.

Celtic Kilroy - ArtPrize entrant Matt Kilroy will sit as a human statue modeled after Irish street musicians in front of Kilwin's on Monroe Center. When a passerby drops money into a bronze vase, Celtic Kilroy will come to life playing one of six instruments.

The Cosmo-Joe Show - Watch as the artist creates paintings from ordinary cans of spray paint in the parking lot of The B.O.B. Show starts every 15 minutes and runs all day.

Out of the Bag - At the live demonstration at Boardwalk Condos, artist Delora Buford-Buchanan will show how to take brown paper bags and newspapers and transform them into sculptures. Demo runs noon to 6 p.m.

Jigsaw Blossoms: The Puzzle Assembly - Nearly 130 volunteers each individually painted a different puzzle piece, and now the public will have the chance to put together the giant jigsaw puzzle together to reveal the final product. Takes place at 6 p.m. at The Harris Building (111 S Division).


September 19

Slow Art Lunch - Feel like you're in too much of a rush at ArtPrize? Slow down and view the works installed at Cathedral Square, meet with a guest artist and enjoy lunch. Cost: $5.

ArtPrize Cygnature Party - Celebrate ArtPrize atop the Amway Grand Plaza at Cygnus 27. Enjoy speciality vodka cocktails, live music by Alexis, dancing and no cover charge. 21+.

Out of the Bag - At the live demonstration at Boardwalk Condos, artist Delora Buford-Buchanan will show how to take brown paper bags and newspapers and transform them into sculptures. Demo runs noon to 6 p.m.


September 20

(106) Gallery Opening Reception - Meet the 10 artists exhibiting at Calvin College's (106) Gallery on South Division as part of "Delineation", a show that explores mark making, layering and storytelling.

Meet and Chat: Lilian Hsiao - At 7 p.m., hear from Taiwanese artist Lilian Hsiao at the JW Marriott as she discusses her ArtPrize entry "An Icy Feeling on your fingertip."

Poetry Reading - Hear the haikus written by the students themselves for GVSU's ArtPrize entry: "Poetry and Sculpture: A Meditative Space" at the Eberhard Center on Fulton.

Analyzing Art - At The Riverview Center on Front Street, learn about the elements of art, the emotions behind artwork and more at 7 p.m.

Artist-Guided Walking Tours - Experience a curated walking tour of ArtPrize from 1-4 p.m. through GRAM and downtown with a professional artist. $25-$30.

Pyramid Scheme Artists' Reception - Welcome the seven artists exhibiting at the music venue on Commerce SW while enjoying catered food from Chez Olga and Taqueria San Jose.

Monroe North Photo Tour - Local photographers will lead a tour of select Monroe North Neighborhood art. Beginning at 7 p.m., get key tips on how to best capture the artwork.

Out of the Bag - At the live demonstration at Boardwalk Condos, artist Delora Buford-Buchanan will show how to take brown paper bags and newspapers and transform them into sculptures. Demo runs noon to 6 p.m.

ArtPrize Dance Party - DJ's AB & SuperDre will spin at Mosaic Space at 25 S. Division from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Ages 21+ welcome.

ArtFitness Bike Tour - Take a 2+ hour bike tour of ArtPrize that will loop through downtown and learn and discuss the artwork along the way. Cost is $5.

ArtPrize Musicians' Showcase - The musical entrants into ArtPrize will take the stage to perform both inside St. Cecilia Music Center's Royce Auditorium and outside in the parking lot from 3 p.m. until about 10 p.m.

ArtPrize Kick off at Bang - At Bang Blowdry Bar on Oakes, check out ArtPrize entry "Metamorphosis" while sipping on drinks and listening to the live DJ. Get a free "Style on the Fly" and have a chance to win prizes from 5-9 p.m.


September 21

Meet and Chat: Lilian Hsiao - At 2 p.m., hear from Taiwanese artist Lilian Hsiao at the JW Marriott as she discusses her ArtPrize entry "An Icy Feeling on your fingertip."

Analyzing Art - At The Riverview Center on Front Street, learn about the elements of art, the emotions behind artwork and more at 7 p.m.

Meet and Greet with James Michael Kristan - The artist will be on hand at Louis Benton Steakhouse to answer questions about his entry installed there, "Reflections Of Nature," a tribute to Fred and Lena Meijer.

FoolMoon Workshop - At the family-friendly workshop inside the Public Museum, create unique illuminated creatures to carry in the FoolMoon Procession happening September 28.

Galaxies and Embryos Lecture - Hear from artist Ted Barr at DeVos Place as he discusses the similarities between the largest and smallest elements in the galaxy, a dynamic that inspired his ArtPrize entry.

An Evening of Food & Art - It's open mic night at Monroe Community Church as ArtPrize entrants in the Monroe North Neighborhood discuss their entries. Learn the stories behind the artwork while enjoying eats from local restaurants.

WMU ArtPrize Venue Reception - See 32 ArtPrize entries inside WMU's downtown campus building on Ionia SW and meet the artists behind the works from 5-7 p.m.

Out of the Bag - At the live demonstration at Boardwalk Condos, artist Delora Buford-Buchanan will show how to take brown paper bags and newspapers and transform them into sculptures. Demo runs noon to 6 p.m.

Artist Talk with Cindy A. Craze - At the JW Marriott, meet the artist behind her Jimmy Carter piece and learn about Ripley's Believe It or Not! acquisition of her 2012 entry, "Mother Teresa."

ArtPrize Musicians' Showcase - The musical entrants into ArtPrize will take the stage outside in the parking lot from noon until about 10 p.m., with food catered by One Trick Pony and Cottage Bar.

Artist Open House - Entrant Sarah K Caffery will be on hand to discuss her Ubuntu Handline Series, and San Chez will have tapas and a cash bar during the chat.


September 22

Meet and Chat: Lilian Hsiao - At 2 p.m., hear from Taiwanese artist Lilian Hsiao at the JW Marriott as she discusses her ArtPrize entry "An Icy Feeling on your fingertip."

ArtPrize Musicians' Showcase - The musical entrants into ArtPrize will take the stage inside St. Cecilia Music Center's Royce Auditorium from noon until 6 p.m.

Bethlehem Church Artists' Reception - Meet the artists installed at the church located on Commerce Ave SW from noon until 3 p.m.

Monroe North: Kids Art Day - Kids become the ArtPrize artists at Monroe Community Church where they can create 2-D and 3-D works made out of beads, paper and clay. Runs 1-5 p.m.; free.

September 23

The Diatribe presents: WORD! - The blind/deaf-friendly ArtPrize exhibit at The B.O.B. will feature live spoken word, performance poetry and spoken art on Monday (censored) and Wednesday (uncensored) evenings. Free admission; donations will be accepted for The Well House of Grand Rapids.

"Innovations in Acrylic Painting from Golden" - Geared toward artists of all skill levels, this informational talk at Fifth Third Bank's Gillette Auditorium will focus specifically on the use of acrylic paints. All participants will receive free Golden Artist Colors samples and a literature packet. RSVP to register.

Thirsty Perch Blues Band Performance - The local blues band plays their ArtPrize entry on the Rosa Parks Circle Stage, plus other original material, beginning at 5 p.m.

Juried Awards Shortlist Event - The official ArtPrize jurors reveal which entries they've had their eyes on at The HUB. Tickets are $10 to attend, and the reveal will also be shown live on WOOD TV8.


September 24

Slow Art Lunch - Feel like you're in too much of a rush at ArtPrize? Slow down and view the works installed at Cathedral Square, meet with a guest artist and enjoy lunch. Cost: $5.

The Re-Imagined City - Join the Executive Director and Curator of the Storefront for Art and Architecture and the Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art & Art Museum as they discuss the possibilities and pitfalls of architectural interventions in existing urban space.


September 25

The Diatribe presents: WORD! - The blind/deaf-friendly ArtPrize exhibit at The B.O.B. will feature live spoken word, performance poetry and spoken art on Monday (censored) and Wednesday (uncensored) evenings. Free admission; donations will be accepted for The Well House of Grand Rapids.

ArtFitness Bike Tour - Take a 2+ hour bike tour of ArtPrize that will loop through downtown and learn and discuss the artwork along the way. Cost is $5.


September 26

Can You Think It? Can You Dream It? - Part of ArtPrize's "Family Days" series, this early education program at St. Cecilia Music Center features puppetry, poetry, music, and movement beginning at 3 p.m.

Early Childhood and Family Art Night - For this "Family Days" event, the Grand Rapids Children's Museum will have reduced admission ($1.50) and parents and kids can collaborate and create pieces of art to take home from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Can Art Save Cities? - The three members of the ArtPrize Juried Grand Prize committee will discuss the role of contemporary art in urban revitalization at the Ladies Literary Club. Free.


September 27

'Luminaries and Libations' - At the Public Museum, create a stunning glow-in-the-dark sculpture for the FoolMoon Processional while enjoying beverages and meeting new people. Starts at 6 p.m.


September 28

'Moonagerie', the FoolMoon Processional - Be part of the giant nighttime processional where participants will walk from the Public Museum to Rosa Parks Circle carrying unique illuminated creations. Begins at 7:30 p.m.

ArtPrize Art Adventure - Join GRAM's Director and CEO, Dana Friis-Hansen, for a special curated experience of ArtPrize. Enjoy a selection of exclusive artistic, culinary, and cultural experiences unique to Grand Rapids, plus exchanges with local cultural leaders and artists, shopping, and urban exploration.

Sideshow Juggler Will Oltman - Take Hold Church on South Division presents the performer who will showcase his fantastic juggling stunts on the sidewalk just outside the venue from 2 to 4 p.m.

Monroe North Art Walk - Join multiple ArtPrize artists and explore some of the great art in the Monroe North Neighborhood beginning at 11 a.m.

ArtFitness Bike Tour - Take a 2+ hour bike tour of ArtPrize that will loop through downtown and learn and discuss the artwork along the way. Cost is $5.


September 29

Top Ten Announcement - ArtPrize founder Rick DeVos announces the Top Ten entries, based on popular vote, at 1 p.m. at Rosa Parks Circle.


September 30

Critical Discourse - The art experts and the public collide at The HUB to discuss the best (and the worst!) of this year's ArtPrize event. Runs 6-9 p.m.

The Diatribe presents: WORD! - The blind/deaf-friendly ArtPrize exhibit at The B.O.B. will feature live spoken word, performance poetry and spoken art on Monday (censored) and Wednesday (uncensored) evenings. Free admission; donations will be accepted for The Well House of Grand Rapids.


October 2

The Diatribe presents: WORD! - The blind/deaf-friendly ArtPrize exhibit at The B.O.B. will feature live spoken word, performance poetry and spoken art on Monday (censored) and Wednesday (uncensored) evenings. Free admission; donations will be accepted for The Well House of Grand Rapids.


October 3

Round Two Voting Closes - Be sure to cast your vote for your favorite Top Ten entry before 11:59 p.m.


October 4

ArtPrize Awards - It all comes down to this! Who will walk away with the top prize of $200,000?

October 6

The Science of Music - Eminent neuro-psychologist Aniruddh Patel will visit Fountain Street Church to discuss the effect of music our minds, bodies and emotions and its healing powers.



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Last Updated 09/11/2013
Published 09/03/2013