Grand Rapids once again will become the city-wide canvas for ArtPrize, an open-competition extravaganza of creativity September 21-October 9. Hailed by visitors and art critics worldwide, this year’s event will feature 1,582 artists from 36 countries and 43 states who will show their work across 164 venues. Each artist will compete for the world’s largest art prize in the amount of $250,000; total prize money is $484,000 for the top ten winners. ArtPrize organizers expect more than 500,000 people to attend the 19-day event this year. Who judges the art? Every visitor over the age of 16 can cast votes. Just register online beginning September 7 through October 5, or register at the event. You can also vote by using an iPhone, text messaging, or with a mobile browser.
When you visit ArtPrize you will be enjoying Michigan’s second largest city in its art galleries, outdoor plazas and parks, restaurants and office lobbies – all filled with amazing works that include mega-installations, sculptures, paintings, and more. Last year’s top prize winner was a 30-foot by 9-foot pencil drawing titled "Cavalry, American Officers, 1921" that depicts more than 60 uniformed officers in stunning detail created by Grand Rapids artist Chris LaPorte. Follow 2011 ArtPrize announcements on the ArtPrize Facebook page.
An Artful Getaway
Book an ArtPrize 2011 lodging package and receive an ArtPrize souvenir recycled bag including an ArtPrize map, ArtPrize official guidebook with discount coupons, two ArtPrize wristbands, and two Metro transportation cards. Shuttle transportation provided by The Rapid, the ArtPrize shuttle offers convenient access throughout the area. Choose from 16 ArtPrize packages.
New for 2011
New this year will be a dedicated exhibition center for music and performances. A three-day musical event will include dozens of bands plus music videos from around the country that will be part of the public voting during ArtPrize. The Prospecto Musical Showcase will feature live music at The Intersection, Founders Brewery and The Pyramid Scheme, with some performances at the St. Cecelia Music Center and Rosa Parks Circle between September 30 - October 2. The videos will be on display at The Intersection and voting will run throughout ArtPrize.
Enjoy Grand Rapids
There’s plenty to enjoy in Grand Rapids including outdoor recreation, major museums, historical districts, and more. Bring your bike and find out why the city was named a bicycle-friendly community by the League of American Bicyclists. Visit brewpubs, sports bars, jazz clubs and a variety of restaurants from fine dining to casual eateries. Plan a visit to Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery for sweet and savory treats, or stop by the Fulton Street Farmers Market Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8am- 3pm for a harvest of Pure Michigan produce.
Take advantage of the Culture Pass GR. This card offers exclusive specials and discounts at Grand Rapids Public Museum, John Ball Zoo, and more than 20 other GR attractions. Get a free Culture Pass when you book select hotel packages or purchase a $10 Pass for your stay.