September in Grand Rapids has become synonymous with ArtPrize but it hasn’t always been that way. Launched in 2009 by Rick Devos, it was designed to be a “social experiment” and the biggest art prize giveaway based solely on the public’s opinion. Such a large cash prize awarded from popular vote of the community instead of by committees and curators input was completely unheard of in the art scene, and word that any artist could enter and possible win spread fast.
Seven years later, ArtPrize has grown steadily in its numbers of participants, with people coming from all over the world to be a part as either an artist or visitor in downtown Grand Rapids. This year, 162 sites will host over 1,500 pieces of art throughout the city, including indoor and outdoor venues in seven different areas. With so much to see, it can be hard to know where to start planning your visit, how to get your vote counted and even the different ways to cast your vote for your favorite piece. Consider this your quick reference to the most out of ArtPrize.
Seven different areas of Grand Rapids are designated as ArtPrize District and where you’ll find all art venues (click on each name to view the locations within each district). They include…
Voting is a different matter entirely and if you’re not careful, you’ll end up missing the chance to cast your ballot for your favorites. The First Round of Voting occurs from September 23 – October 3, with the Second Round of Voting from October 4 – October 8. In order to vote, you’ll need to register either through the Mobile App, online or in person at any of these Voting Sites:
- Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
- Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
- Grand Rapids Art Museum
- Monroe Community Church
- SiTE:LAB /The Rumsey Street Project
- The ArtPrize HUB
- Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts
- Women’s City Club
An important thing to remember, you must be in one of the Artprize Districts in Grand Rapids to cast your ballot! So don’t wait until later or you might just miss out.
Artprize certainly brings an excitement and a flurry of visitors to West Michigan in the three weeks it takes place. To make the most out of it, we suggest having a general plan before making the trek downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. For those out of town visitors, we highly recommend booking your hotel and car rental well in advance to September in order to guarantee you’ll get the room accommodations and rental car you prefer. Broadmoor Motors carries a variety of vehicles for all your rental needs, including Economy to Full Size, Minivan, SUV and 12 Passenger Vans for your next trip to Grand Rapids. Give us a call at either our Caledonia Location 616.698.9595 or Hastings Location 269.320.6304 to reserve your next car rental and enjoy ArtPrize! We’re here for all your Car Rental, Sales and Service needs.