Guide to ArtPrize 2010 PDF Print E-mail
After a wildly successful debut in 2009, ArtPrize returns to downtown Grand Rapids September 22-October 10, 2010. The art competition is open to anyone in the world and a public vote determines which artist will claim the top prize of $250,000. This year, 1,713 artists will display their work at 192 venues, all located within a three-mile radius of downtown (except Meijer Gardens).


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'GRNow's ArtPrize Top 10(ish) List '

Here's a look at the official Top 10 List (in no particular order):

- SteamPig at The B.O.B. (20 Monroe NW)
- Cavalry at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (101 Monroe Center)
- Helping Mom One Penny at a Time at the Ford Museum (303 Pearl St)
- Dancing with Lions at The B.O.B. (20 Monroe Center)
- salt & earth (garden for Patricia) at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (101 Monroe Center)
- Svelata at DeVos Place (303 Monroe NW)
- Lure/Wave at UICA/Fulton (Fulton & Division)
- Vision at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (101 Monroe Center)
- A Matter of Time at The Public Museum (272 Pearl St)
- Elephant Walk at The Children's Museum (22 Sheldon NE)

How Voting Works: Voting is open to the public and is completely free. There are two rounds of voting; during week 1 (September 22-29) each voter can vote up or down for any artist, and 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 29. The top 10 finalists will be announced September 30.

Week 2 voting (September 30-October 6) for the top 10 begins immediately after the finalists are announced. During this round, you only get one vote, but can change your vote as often as you like until 11:59 p.m. on October 6. The top winner will be announced at a gala event on October 7.

Once registered, voters can cast their votes online at or through a mobile browser (, 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 22 and October 6 with a valid government-issued ID. You can pre-register some of your information on, but you still have to visit a station in person for verification.

Hours: Opening Day, September 22: 6pm-10pm; all other days: Monday-Thursday: 5pm-8pm; Friday & Saturday 12pm-10pm; & Sunday 12pm-6pm.

Transportation: The Arts Council/DTE Minibus will run in a continuous loop from 6-10 p.m. on opening night, Sep 22; it's free and open to the public. Frederik Meijer Gardens will be offering rides between their venue and downtown on a 57-passenger shuttle van during ArtPrize hours. This is also a free service and open to the public.

Accommodations: Hotels all around Grand Rapids will be offering special ArtPrize packages that will include ArtPrize bags, wristbands and goodies, along with overnight stay specials. See the list of participating hotels.

GRNow's ArtPrize 2010 Photos:

Gallery Receptions, Parties & Special Events:

September 21

San Chez Bistro's Opening Reception - Meet the artists, enjoy food provided by San Chez and catch live jazz music as part of the fundraiser for the Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids. Tickets: $75.

Cooley Law School Artist Reception - Meet Cooley Law School's ArtPrize artist, sculptor Casey Bell from noon until 1:30 p.m.

Boardwalk Artist Soiree - Meet the sixteen artists showing at Boardwalk Condos from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. Drinks and appetizers will be provided by JD Reardon's.

Monroe Community Church Sneak Preview - View the ArtPrize entries at the church, located at 800 Monroe Ave NW, while enjoying live music, desserts, beverages and more. Donations raised at the event will benefit MCC. Open 6-9 p.m.

September 22

ArtPrize opens at 6 p.m.

UICA's Opening Reception - Complete your ArtPrize voter registration and then see the work of more than 25 artists (and meet them) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Also enjoy hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, music and free admission.

Diocese of Grand Rapids' Cathedral Square Opening Reception - See the work of 32 2D and 3D artists on display at Cathedral Square (near Division and Wealthy) and meet the artists behind the pieces from 6-9 p.m. Visitors will also have an opportunity to explore the indoor collection on the second floor of the Diocese building.

Grand Rapids Public Library Opening Reception - Beginning at 6 p.m., register to vote for ArtPrize, meet the three artists who will be displaying their work at the library and enjoy light refreshments.

DeVos Place Opening Reception - The public is invited to browse the artists' work installed at DeVos Place, grab a snack and enjoy live jazz with the John Shea trio. Cash bar available.

Grand Rapids Art Museum Opening Event - Beginning at 6 p.m., view entries by 43 artists, many of whom will be present, in a festive atmosphere of music, light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

Republic/Rockwell's Artist Reception - Meet the nine artists showing at Republic and Rockwell's from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and enjoy food and beverage specials.

Waters Building Opening Reception - Meet featured artists Mic Carlson, Duffy Magin, Jill Greenop and nearly 30 more at the reception at 161 Ottawa NW. Food and beverages will be provided by local chef Tommy FitzGerald and Ottawa Tavern will host an additional 30 artists from 6-10 p.m.

(106) Gallery Opening Reception - Stop by the opening reception for "Configuration," an exhibition of 12 unique ArtPrize artists at the Calvin College (106) Gallery. See the work, meet the artists and begin the ArtPrize experience from 6-9 p.m. Refreshments served.

Desert Fish Collaborative Opening Reception - Head to the Fish Ladder on the west side of the Grand River and meet the artists behind the entry 'Sturgeon Soiree' from 6-10 p.m. The project is a kinetic mobile that mimics the seasonal run of lake sturgeon.

Furniture Campus Building Grand Opening Party - Meet the artists showing at 560 Fifth St NW and enjoy live entertainment and refreshments from 6-9 p.m.

Independent Bank Open House - Celebrate the opening night of ArtPrize with food, non-alcoholic drinks and plenty of art at 86 Monroe Center.

September 23

Pecha Kucha - A selection of ArtPrize artists will give a simple presentation at the Amway Grand Plaza where they will each show 20 images for 20 seconds and then have a fun and informal discussion. Runs 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Experience ArtPrize: Graffiti Crawl - The GR Chamber of Commerce invites young professionals to the art crawl that will visit The B.O.B., Stella's Lounge and McFadden's. Perks include an official graffiti crawl t-shirt and marker to create wearable art on yourself and others, drink specials and networking.

DeVos Art Lecture Series - Guest speaker Eames Demetrios has lectured in 32 countries on a wide variety of topics including his own film career, his grandparents Charles and Ray Eames and even on the creation of his alternative universe, Kcymaerxthaer. Demetrios will speak at GVSU's Loosemoore Auditorium (301 W. Fulton) beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Art Fair - Browse or purchase artwork from over 50 participating ArtPrize artists at DeVos Place, September 23-25. Any ArtPrize entrant is welcome display and sell his or her work at booths inside the convention center. Free to browse; fee to sell.

Community-Wide Street Party - It's an evening of family-friendly activities on Front Street next to the Grand Rapids Public Museum with music by 80's band Starfarm, food, beverages, tours and more.

Artist Reception and Mini Celtic Fest - At McFadden's, meet artist Cynthia Stephens, see her entry 'Celtic DNA' and enjoy live Irish music and food and drink specials from 6-9 p.m.

GVSU Opening Reception - Beginning at 6:30 p.m., meet the artists behind the installations at GVSU's Outdoor Art and Sculpture Exhibition Center, located on the Pew Campus (401 W. Fulton).

Arts. Beats. Eats. - Meet the artists at 25 Kitchen + Bar while listening to the beats of DJ Shannon Williams from 7-10 p.m.

Debussy and Dvorak - The Grand Rapids Symphony hosts emerging composer Andrew Norman at St. Cecilia's Music Center as he showcases his ArtPrize-inspired world-premiere on Friday and September evenings. Tickets are $23/$31.

Westside Neighborhood Night - Bring a chair or blanket to the official ArtPrize Westside party where residents will gather together for a night at the an nontraditional way. Runs 8-10 p.m.; exact location to be announced.

Prospecto Musical Showcase - The three-day musical event will feature more than 90 local and national acts performing at nine venues around Grand Rapids, including Founders, The Intersection and HopCat. National acts include GZA and Presidents of the USA. Single day tickets are $26; 3-day passes start at $60.

September 24

Hillside Neighborhood Night - This neighborhood party at a to-be-determined location will spotlight local theatre talent during a unique happy-hour from 5-7 p.m. Hillside is considered to be the area bordered by Division, College, Fulton and I-196.

Meet the Artists, Immanuel Lutheran - Meet the artists displaying at Immanuel Lutheran Church (2 Michigan NE) from 6-8 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Ice Sculpture Demonstration - Join Randy Finch and Derek Maxfield (the Ice Gurus) at GVSU's downtown Pew Campus as they wield an array of tools to create a sculpture from a block of ice. Starts at 4 p.m. Second demonstration at 6:30 p.m.

Glass Blowing Demonstration - Collaborators Tiffany Speet and Samuel Brown will give glass demos at 7 p.m. outside of the Huntington Bank Building (50 Monroe Ave), weather permitting.

September 25

ArtWalk - Start off your morning with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Wolverine World Wide as they lead a three-mile walk throughout downtown. Everyone is welcome, no registration required. Warm-up is at 8:30 a.m. with the walk kicking off at 9 a.m.

The Big Dog Show Adoption Event - BISSELL and the Humane Society of Kent County present the Big Dog Show ArtPrize exhibit by Dale Rogers. This community event includes food, art, and the HSKC will bring a variety of animals to the Sixth Street Bridge Park for one-day only. Come downtown to check out the "Big Dogs" and to find your new family pet. Things kick off with the 11 a.m. with the Dog Parade.

Artist Demonstrations at Peaches B&B - Select artists showing at Peaches Bed & Breakfast in Heritage Hill will be conducting demonstrations and giving away free art, including paper snowflake artist extraordinaire, Mary Gaynier. Free BBQ and drinks will be provided. Also scheduled for Sep. 26 and Oct. 2 & 3.

Leo's Artist Reception - Meet the artists showing at Leo's Restaurant from noon until 3 p.m. and take advantage of food and drink specials.

Meet John Ball Zoo Animals - Families can meet animals from the John Ball Zoo and view the artwork in the WZZM 13 News Truck space, an official venue located in the parking lot of WMCAT on Fulton St & Sheldon, across from the Children's Museum.

Center City Neighborhood Party - Rosa Parks Circle will come alive at 5 p.m. with the first of two concerts during ArtPrize.

September 26

Official ArtPrize Brunch - Will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Bridgewater Place (333 Bridge NW). More details to be announced.

Channel Your Chalk Chi - Children and adults are invited to show off their artistic side at Cathedral Square from 1-3 p.m. The Dioceses of Grand Rapids will provide free sidewalk chalk for guests to use to decorate the outdoor promenade.

Heartside Neighborhood Party - Open to families and people of all ages, individuals can contribute to a community canvas from 2-4 p.m. Location and more details to be announced.

Street Party at Cottage Bar - The party on LaGrave Ave SE in front of Cottage Bar and One Trick Pony will have live music from 3-8 p.m. with performers including Natchez Trace.

Douglas J Salon Opening Reception - View 17 unique installations, mingle with the artists and sample appetizers from Tavern on the Square. Visitors can also book a complimentary service at the salon located at 138 Commerce SW.

Empower Your Artistic Eye - Ever feel overwhelmed walking around an art museum wondering what qualifies works as masterpieces? Cathedral Square's guest speakers will answer that question and more to help empower your artistic eye. Begins at 4 p.m.

September 27

Rest & Relaxation Station - Artists and art admirers alike are encouraged to visit the Goei Center (818 Butterworth SW) from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. to take a break from the hustle and bustle of ArtPrize.

Hasan Bakhshi - The ArtPrize Speaker Series continues at the Old Federal Building (155 N Division) with special guest Hasan Bakhshi, the Director of Creative Industries in the Policy and Research Unity at the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts in London. The 7 p.m. presentation will be preceded by a cocktail hour.

LaFontsee Gallery Opening Reception - Stop by LaFontsee Galleries (820 Monroe Ave NW) from 5-8 p.m. to meet the exhibiting ArtPrize artists. Free.

Monroe North Belknap Neighborhood Party - It's game night gone wild from 8-10 p.m. See the artists vs. the public battle it out in a classic game tournament. Location to be announced.

September 28

GVSU Alumni Reception & Tour - Join GVSU alumni and art enthusiasts for a reception and tour highlighting Lakers exhibiting during ArtPrize. Reception at Hager-Lubbers Hall (301 W Fulton) at 5:30 p.m.; tour begins at 6:15 p.m.

Felt Under Foot Artprize Dance - Breaking a World Record - Join artist Janice Arnold as she prepares to create the world's largest piece of handmade felt on the Maya Lin Ecliptic at Rosa Parks Circle. Grand Rapids Original Swing Dancing will help take part from 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. by dancing on top of the raw wool to begin the felting process. Free to observe; donation suggested to participate in swing dancing.

September 29

Soap Box Happy Hour - The UICA hosts the lively happy hour event that encourages artists and critics alike to literally stand on a box and voice their opinions about art or any topic. Cash bar and light fare available from 4-6 p.m. Free.

September 30

Gerald R. Ford Museum Artist Reception - Meet the 20 artists displaying at the Ford Museum from 5-7:30 p.m. Free.

Top 10 Announcement - At 6 p.m., find out which ArtPrize entries made it into the top 10 and catch a free live performance by Five for Fighting at Rosa Parks Circle.

Style Battle 2010 - Activesite (40 Monroe Center) will showcase local talent, fashion professionals and independent clothing retailers exclusive to the West Michigan area, by having them compete in a four-hour style challenge. The winning fashion team will receive $4,000 in cash and prizes. Free for spectators.

October 1

ArtPrize Poetry and Dance - GVSU students will perform three minute poetry and dance compositions inspired by the ArtPrize installations at the GVSU Exhibition Center (401 W. Fulton). Event begins at the Frey Foundation Courtyard at 5:30 p.m.

Women's City Club Artist Reception - Meet and mingle with the artists showing at the Women's City Club (254 E. Fulton) from 6-8 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Critical Discourse - After the public has chosen the top ten entries, find out what the experts think at panel discussion at the Goei Center from 7-11 p.m. The main event will be bookended by a cocktail hour and a reception with music and appetizers.

Pictures at an Exhibition - The Grand Rapids Symphony's First Night Celebration inspired by the visual arts and ArtPrize, and includes music to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the opening of the Symphony's home venue, DeVos Performance Hall, in the fall of 1980. The traditional Classical concert format will be enhanced for this celebration with collage of delights for the ears and the eyes. Single tickets start at $18.

October 2

Projects and Processes - Maya Lin, creator of Ecliptic at Rosa Parks Circle, will speak at a complimentary lecture at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, beginning at 7 p.m. First-come, first-served tickets will be available at GRAM at 10 a.m.

Natasha Bedingfield & David Archuleta - HotFM and ArtPrize present a free concert at Rosa Parks Circle featuring Natasha Bedingfield, David Archuleta and Hot Chelle Rae. Music begins at 7 p.m.

October 3

Safari in the Park! - The Grand Rapids Children's Museum will close down Sheldon and Library streets for a day of celebrating children's art and creativity. From noon until 5 p.m., the whole family can enjoy live entertainment on the main stage, food concessions, art tables, activities and strolling characters, all for free.

Brunch & Banter - Enjoy a Sunday afternoon at the UICA with brunch featuring a unique signature pastry with other brunch items, and a variety of beverages including Schuil Coffee and Tea, Mimosas, and Bloody Marys. Then learn how artists transform new ideas into tangible works of art.

Talking Ideas: Artistic Collaborating - Join Ron Pederson, Aquinas College Sculpture Professor and his wife Miriam Pederson, Aquinas College English Professor and Poet, and additional collaborative duos for an afternoon discussion on why artistic collaboration is so alluring to artists. Plus, Cathedral Square will unveil "The Public's Poem", a poem composed of responses gathered from the ArtPrize community.

October 7

ArtPrize Winners Announcement Ceremony - Find out which artist will walk away with the $250,000 grand prize at DeVos Place and enjoy live entertainment beginning at 7 p.m.

Submit your ArtPrize event here.

Last Updated 10/01/2010
Published 07/22/2010