ArtPrize registration now open for artists

Throw back to ArtPrize 2021— a gorilla sculpture is on view outside the B.O.B. Grand Rapids Magazine file photo.

ArtPrize officially opens artist registration today, May 8, through June 7,  inviting artists of all mediums to display their works during the celebration. Artists and collaborating artists can submit works via by uploading profile information and details about the submitted entries.

The decade-long esteemed art competition – returns to Grand Rapids September 14 – October 1, 2023 with a complete revamp led by former South by Southwest planner and Performing Arts professional, Catlin Whitington.

ArtPrize 2.0 Executive Director Catlin Whitington. Courtesy photo.

“For nearly 15 years, ArtPrize has consistently drawn hundreds of thousands of artists and visitors to Grand Rapids as venues, parks, and public spaces are electrified with art, murals, activations, immersive experiences, and activities.” said Whitington. “With a rejuvenated ArtPrize, we are honoring its legacy while ushering in a new era for the event and fostering a profound commitment to the arts community.”

The 18-day event will welcome 1,000 international artists to Grand Rapids to compete for awards, while activating world-class displays and programming at 200 venues across the city. This year marks a return to significant ArtPrize prize money totaling more than $400,000 and up to an additional $200,000 in various artist grants.

Artists displaying works during ArtPrize will compete for a selection of prizes – the Public Vote, with $125,000 awarded to first place, $50,000 to second and $25,000 to third, and the Juror Competition. For the Juror Vote, a hand-picked committee will recognize the artists who exemplify excellence in their medium in the following categories: 2-D, 3-D, installation, time-based and digital. Each category winner will be awarded $20,000 and ArtPrize will recognize a second artist from each category as Honorable Mention.

Artists interested in learning more can attend ArtPrize’s upcoming information sessions on May 12, 2023 (2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.), May 19 (4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.) and June 2 (4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.). The sessions will be held both virtually and in-person at 40 Pearl St NW #200, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. To RSVP, please email

For more information about artist registration, the competition and experiences, please visit

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