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ArtPrize Eight kicks off competition

September 20, 2016
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ArtPrize Eight HQ hub downtown
The HUB/HQ @ 41 Sheldon in downtown Grand Rapids is the base for ArtPrize Eight. Photo via

ArtPrize Eight kicks off downtown on Wednesday at noon — with 170 venues participating and more than 1,450 artists.

A special event will be held at Rosa Parks Circle beginning at 6:30 p.m. to celebrate.

ArtPrize runs through Oct. 9.

There will be dozens of events throughout the 19-day art competition. To stay abreast of what’s happening, ArtPrize has created a daily newsletter that will be delivered to subscribers’ inbox each day. People can sign up for the newsletter online.

The newsletter will recap the previous day’s highlights and provide tips and information on the day ahead.

Eight neighborhood hubs also open on Wednesday. Visitors can drop in and pick up ArtPrize swag, maps and find out more about what is going on in that particular neighborhood for ArtPrize.

They also can participate in the new ArtPrize passport competition.

Visitors who collect stamps from any five of the eight HUBs, or visitor service centers, will be entered to win prizes from ArtPrize and Founders Brewing Co.

Those who collect stamps from all eight neighborhood HUBs, as well as the exclusive ArtPrize Medallion sticker — available only at the Founders Brewing Co. tent at the ArtPrize Awards Community Watch Party at Rosa Parks Circle — will be entered to win a grand prize package from ArtPrize and Founders Brewing Co.


The competition is now in its eighth year and includes a series of awards based on public voting, as well as several juried awards.

To vote, visitors must download the ArtPrize app, which is available for Apple and Android users, and register via the app while attending the event.

ArtPrize has lowered the voting age requirement from 18 to 13 this year to allow for more voters.


Five public vote winners will be chosen in two rounds of voting in the following categories: grand prize, 2D, 3D, time-based and installation.

The first place winner will receive a $200,000 grand prize. The second through fifth place winners receive $12,500 each.

The five juried awards — grand prize, 2D, 3D, time-based and installation — are decided by a group of eight internationally acclaimed art experts.

A committee of three of those experts selects the Juried Grand Prize winner, while the other jurors have been assigned to a specific category and will make the decision in that category.

The Juried Grand Prize winner will receive $200,000. The second through fifth place juried award winners will receive $12,500 each.

There also is a $12,500 Juried Award for Outstanding Venue, which is awarded to the curator of a venue, not an artist.

Important dates

Round one of public voting runs from Sept. 21 through Oct. 1. The final 20 will be announced on Oct. 2, which also kicks off round two of the public vote.

Round two of voting concludes on Oct. 6.

The jurors’ shortlist will be announced on Sept. 26.

Winners of the public vote and the juried awards will be announced on Oct. 7, during an ArtPrize award party at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, beginning at 7:45 p.m.

The ArtPrize Awards Ceremony also will be broadcast live on NBC affiliate WOOD TV8, starting at 7:45 p.m.

There will be a community watch party held at Rosa Parks Circle that same night, starting at 6:30 p.m. with concerts, food trucks and Founders beer. The ceremony will be broadcast live on the big screen starting at 7:45 p.m.

After the winners are announced, The Accidentals will take the stage to kick off the ArtPrize Awards after party.

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