ARTPrize:(org– “Why Participate in ArtPrize?” & “ArtPrize Events” – MANY events – here are the first few:

  • Sept 19, 12-11:59 pm & all day Sept 20: Round 1 Votingmay vote from anywhere in the worldarprize.org/vote
  • Sept 19, 7-9 ArtPrize 10 Opening Ceremonyat Rosa Parks Circle, 135 Monroe Ctr St NW, Grand Rapids


ArtPrize takes place in September each year.

U.P. Artists Encouraged to Enter Their Art
in ArtPrize 2018

GRAND RAPIDS – Artists from the U.P. will again have their art displayed at the
world’s largest arts competition – ArtPrize, which this year is from
September 19 – October 7, 2018 in Grand Rapids.

Artists are encouraged to follow the ArtPrize website – artprize.org – for the most current information and be prepared to enter their artwork.

U.P. artists are asked to let the Bonifas Arts Center know via phone – (906) 786-3833 – or e-mail (kate@bonifasarts.org) when they submit to the competition.

ArtPrize registration is from April 16 – June 7, 2018.
According to Bonifas Regional Projects and Gallery Director, Pasqua Warstler, anyone over age 18 can submit, and any space within the ArtPrize district can be a venue.

ArtPrize is an open international art competition decided by public vote and expert jury that takes place each fall in a number of venues throughout Grand Rapids.
Two $200,000 grand prizes and eight category awards – more than $500,000 in total – is awarded, half decided by public vote and half decided by a jury of art experts.
Art entries from all over the world cover three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids – and it’s all free and open to the public. The art will be viewed by approximately 400,000 visitors, giving the message that the U.P. is a unique arts and culture destination.

The Mackinac Arts Council and the Bonifas Arts Center are gearing up for the third year of facilitating a group of Upper Peninsula artists to be featured in a primary location at the annual ArtPrize competition. In addition, with support from Mackinac Island’s Mission Point Resort, this year there will be a sneak peek exhibit just prior to ArtPrize viewing. This exhibit, Crossing the Straits on Mackinac Island, opens with a reception on Sunday, August 12 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Currently, the Mackinac Arts Council and the Bonifas are booking venues on Mackinac Island and in Grand Rapids where U.P. artists can be presented together and represent the Upper Peninsula. Viewers are encouraged to consider the Upper Peninsula as a
must-see tourist destination. “We will be encouraging some of our strongest, most creative artists to provide work and help us showcase the contemporary artwork being created here in this rural area,” Warstler noted. “The venue will be announced as soon as it is confirmed. We are also working now to help organize artists’ support regarding transportation, promotions and marketing.”

Mackinac Arts Council Program Director, Philip Rice, is looking forward to this year’s ArtPrize competition and expects it to be as successful as last year’s event. “Last year’s Mackinac exhibit was well-received and we are looking to expand and diversify the works and regions represented in 2018 and beyond.”

ArtPrize will offer artists opportunities including: artists’ development programs, seed grants, and a Go-Fund-Me program.

The Bonifas is also looking for a volunteer taskforce to help organize these efforts in Escanaba and communities throughout the U.P.,” Warstler noted.

Please contact pasqua@bonifasarts.org with interest and/or questions.

(Original information written by and sent by Victoria LaFave,
writer for Bonifas Art Center)