Unpredictable by design, ArtPrize vigorously promotes examination of opinions, values and beliefs, encouraging all participants to step outside of their comfort zones.
— Christian Gaines, ArtPrize Executive Director

ArtPrize has been evolving since 2009, but its fundamentals have remained the same. Any artist can enter. Any space in the district can be a venue. It's free to the public, and they vote for the winners. ArtPrize builds community through countless instances of independent participation. Everyone should have a voice in the conversation and a stake in the outcome.

Unpredictable by design, ArtPrize vigorously promotes examination of opinions, values and beliefs, encouraging all participants to step outside of their comfort zones. We expect that this will mostly surprise and delight, but it may sometimes confound or even infuriate. That's part of what makes ArtPrize totally unique.

Grand Rapids is a community forged from a shared fascination for art, design, craft, urbanism and innovation. Together, we're making ArtPrize in Grand Rapids a global destination for artists to boldly experiment and for visitors to fall in love with art while exploring and discovering our city. It's a catalytic core where charged conversation, critical discourse and lively debate are the currencies, and where a vast spectrum of identities, experiences and perspectives are embraced and celebrated.

See you in 2016!

Christian Gaines
ArtPrize Executive Director