Martijn van Wagtendonk, “Song of Lift”, ArtPrize 2012 (photograph by Brian Kelly)

For 19 days each fall, ArtPrize occupies three square-miles of public and private venues across downtown Grand Rapids, MI, transforming the city into the most intriguing art event of the year. One of the largest art competitions in the world, ArtPrize draws over 400,000 attendees and awards over half a million dollars to winners decided through public and juried vote.

ArtPrize is honored to have hosted some of the art world’s most influential thinkers as past years’ jurors, including Anne Pasternak, Theaster Gates, and Jerry Saltz. ArtPrize 2014 will soon announce its 2014 jurors.

Artist registration for ArtPrize 2014 is currently open. This is an opportunity to participate in a unique competition that awards visionary artists of all mediums and seeks to broaden critical and public dialogue around contemporary art. Visit to complete your Artist Registration before June 5th.

ArtPrize 2014 will award over $500,000 in four artist categories. Here’s the breakdown:

To encourage artists showing in the 2014 competition to think bigger and bolder, ArtPrize is offering new Artist Seed Grants to offset the cost of especially ambitious and challenging entries. Awarded on the basis of financial need and artistic merit, and determined by an Arts Advisory Council, 25 grants of $2,000 will be announced shortly after the May 18th deadline. Apply for your grant after registering online.

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