Every year for nineteen days, the downtown area of Grand Rapids becomes a veritable art show. This occurs during the time of the ArtPrize, a radically new, different, open, and independent international art competition.
During the competition downtown Grand Rapids serves as an open platform for anyone who wants to voice an opinion, take part in the conversation about art and its importance, or exhibit his or her art. Art from all over the world can be seen on every corner of downtown’s three blocks, which is designated as ArtPrize district, open to the public, and free to see.
Every year, about 200 venues open their doors to the world’s biggest art competition: museums, universities, parks, shops, offices, restaurants, cafes, churches, and even private residences. There are two $200,000 grand prizes and eight awards for different categories worth $100,000. The public decides half of the winners while art experts decide the other half. In 2015, visit from September 23 – October 11.
41 Sheldon Blvd SE, Grand Rapids, MI Photo: Henryk Sadura/Fotolia
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