(Updated: 04/21/2019)

The ArtPrize site is quite confusing, but bottom line, it says on their site: “Excited to participate in the next ArtPrize competition? In 2020, venue registration will open in March and artist registration in April (I assume 2020). Sign up for our newsletter below to stay in-the-know.”

ArtPrize 2020
For more info, go to: http://www.artprize.org

“Sept. 16 – Oct. 4

ArtPrize has shifted to a biennial competition to make way for the Project series of citywide art commissions. The two formats will alternate years moving forward, with Project 1 launching this fall.

Excited to participate in the next ArtPrize competition? In 2020, venue registration will open in March and artist registration in April. Sign up for our newsletter below to stay in-the-know.

Project 1: Sept. 7 – Oct. 27, 2019

Project 1 by ArtPrize is the first in a series of multi-sited public art exhibitions in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We’ve commissioned five artists to create sculptures, installations, performances, urban interventions and community-oriented projects throughout our city this fall.

Project 1: Crossed Lines is the first in a series of multi-sited public art exhibitions in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Five international, national and local artists will create multifaceted installations, urban interventions and community-oriented projects, exploring the lines that unite and divide a city, and what it means to belong.”













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)