Art Prize Map, Where to Park, Stay & Eat for ArtPrize 2023
Welcome to ArtPrize, an 18-day art competition in downtown Grand Rapids where any artist can win the $125,000 top prize or a share of the $400,000 in prize money.
And, ArtPrize is all new in 2023! Established in 2009, Art Prize has become a signature event for Grand Rapids and is now in new hands for 2023.
People love ArtPrize because it’s free to attend and inclusive.
And, since it’s like a giant city-sized treasure hunt, you never know what incredible artworks you’ll stumble upon.
During ArtPrize, art is seemingly everywhere – in parks, museums, restaurants, laundromats, theaters, hotel lobbies, bridges – spread over three square miles.
The whole event encourages curiosity and imagination. ArtPrize is for all ages.
What to Know About Art Prize 2023
This year, ArtPrize is from September 14 – October 1, 2023 (18 days).
This huge art event has over 750 artists showcasing their work at more than 150 venues in 2023. It attracts a staggering 500,000+ visitors. (And keeps the best hotels in town busy.)
What’s unique about it is that visitors actively take part in deciding which artists win the prize money.
Before You Visit Art Prize
ArtPrize is an extremely popular Grand Rapids event, especially on evenings and weekends. It might be really busy when you visit. With that in mind, we’ve put together a few tips to help maximize your visit.
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You Need a New ArtPrize Account
Legacy ArtPrize accounts from prior years are no longer accessible with the updated account platform.
Please register as a new user to participate.
ArtPrize voting begins at 5 PM on September 14, 2023.
Be Aware of Venue Open Hours
Venues don’t have to be open in the morning. Venues have agreed to at least be open to the public during these times during Art Prize.
Monday-Thursday: 5–8 PM
Friday & Saturday: Noon–8 PM
Sunday: Noon–6 PM
Weekday Visits Mean Shorter Waits
If possible, visit on a weekday if you’re looking to minimize wait times and crowds.
Daytime vs Nighttime Visits
Try to visit once during the day and then again after dark. Some exhibits only operate at night, like light shows.
Strategy: Aim for Outdoor Exhibits if Needed
Usually, a good number of exhibits are located outside. This is helpful because you can attend outside of venue open hours and still see art.
Fully Charge Your Phone
Start off with a fully charged phone and maybe bring a portable charger, too. You’ll likely take a lot of ‘ll photos, scan QR codes and use map apps to navigate from one venue to another.
There are public restrooms at Ah-Nab-Awen park as well as at participating hotels. Also, DeVos Place serves as a bathroom break.
What to Wear/Bring
Good walking shoes are a must. Dress in layers according to the weather. A water bottle and backpack are handy.
Families: Bring snacks & drinks. If you need a stroller, think small.
Art Prize Map
Every year, we comb through hundreds of entries to find those that would most resonate with families to build a must-see art list – and plot them on this Art Prize Map. Happy ArtPrizing!
Must-See Art Prize Venues 2023
Use our Art Prize Map and use this list of ArtPrize Venues to find the best art prize stops for families. *Those on Black backgrounds are highly recommended.
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Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
187 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
This iconic hotel with opulent, old school decor is always a popular stop for ArtPrizers. The open space inside allows for larger exhibits to shine.
Count On Me
VOTE ID 73997
Located outside. A warrior goddess inspired by Valkyries and angels. Standing at 8’ tall and 8’wide, she is made from stainless steel, river rock, and stained glass.
VOTE ID 96458
Inside near the fountain. The Eiffel is a 13-foot tall metal art sculpture hand crafted. It is a very close to scale custom replica of the Eiffel Tower with the artists personal touch.
The Lost Monarch Angel
VOTE ID 21156
3D Angel with thousands of Monarchs on the wings, looking like a tree.
VOTE ID 49372
8 foot tall Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy will be MI Adam. 8 foot tall apple tree with 55 wood knot apples and a snake. A eagle. Koi fish. Duck. Blue heron. Turtle. Bullfrog. Cat tails. A couple of smaller fish. Flowers. All made from Lake Michigan driftwood.
VOTE ID 66508
Individual moss sculptures of different animals surround a sculpture of a woman holding her baby, all set against a fully functional water wall.
Make a Joyful Noise
VOTE ID 53977
Outside near the parking garage entrance. Large rack (8′ x 7′ x 6′) made from landscaping posts. Silverware, Silver trays, Silver Containers and Brass chimes hang from the rack. People walk through to make the chimes ring A Joyful Noise.
2 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Formerly the UICA building, this venue brags 18 exhibits and is where you’ll find the Family Fun Education Counter’s free K-12 educational resources and activities, Mondays–Fridays from 4 – 7 PM, M-F.
Augmented Reality Mural
VOTE ID 30848
When you see one of these AR murals, scan the QR code with your phone. The mural will come to life, adding animations or even games to the painted scene. You’re not just a viewer; you’re part of the art.
VOTE ID 13254
Sit in the Phil Lounge and get a big, comfy hug from a chair. Inspired by cozy times at home with her dog Phil, the designer made this chair to feel like you’re petting an animal.
Shrouded in the Shadows of Time
VOTE ID 12823
It’s art layered on plexiglass, each layer representing a moment in time. The transparent spaces let you feel like you’re traveling through time and space.
Body-oddy-oddy-oddy: Destabilizing the Surveilling of Queer Bodies
VOTE ID 41209
This is a multi-channel video installation that makes you rethink how you understand bodies and identity. It’s not just about watching videos. You’ll be surrounded by experimental animation, sound, and objects that challenge traditional body ideas. The exhibit uses things like motion-capture suits and AI systems.
Inter-Dimension rug installation
VOTE ID 47331
When you see this art piece, it’s like your favorite cartoons are jumping off the canvas and into the real world. The artist transforms flat images and 3D shapes in a way that makes you wonder where the rug ends and the ottoman begins. It creates a cool “2.5D” effect that’s between a flat picture and a 3D space.
VOTE ID 92607
The artist uses special fluorescent paint and hand-cut paper to create these big, dream-like installations. When light hits the paint, the whole piece seems to come alive with changing colors and shadows.
Light in the Dark
VOTE ID 15643
This experience mixes traditional photography with virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) tech. You can even explore a 3D version of the gallery on a computer or mobile device from anywhere. But what makes this really special is how it recreates an unforgettable art show held in Kyiv during a missile attack and blackout. Visitors to that show had to bring their own light sources, like phones, to see the art. In this exhibit, you’ll also use personal light sources to view the art.
VOTE ID 85840
This massive artwork plays with the idea of emptiness—both in outer space and in our own minds. The art is big and features unfamiliar shapes and almost no color. It’s not just a painting; it’s also a virtual reality experience, created with 3D software and then turned into a physical print.
VOTE ID 73548
It’s a big welcome mat with traditional Japanese wooden sandals on one side and American sneakers on the other. The artwork zooms in on the experience of a family split between different cultures and continents. Plus, there’s an augmented reality feature that adds another layer to the physical objects.
VOTE ID 82432
It’s a cloud-shaped daybed designed for maximum comfort and relaxation
146 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Popular coffeeshop near Rosa Parks Circle.
MI Light – Collage of Michigan lighthouses. (#90310)
Bridge St Electric
812 Bridge St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Probably the city’s coolest vintage and custom-lighting store, it’s an enchanting shop on its own. Come see the holographic light show transform the space.
Predator on Petoskey
VOTE ID 28800
A lifelike wooden eagle sculpture, made from Michigan’s state tree, perched on a 140lb Petoskey stone, holding a carved trout.
VOTE ID 96783
A digital light show in an old store, where holographic images appear to float among antique light fixtures.
50 Louis St NW Suite 100, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Popular hands-on art studio in the heart of downtown, located just north of Van Andel Arena.
VOTE ID 74105
Miniature treehouse suburb placed along an 8-ft long (vertical cut) walnut tree slab with live edge. Totaling 16 treehouses, all interconnected.
Pixels of Life
VOTE ID 8774
A giant hummingbird and flower made of pixels: the bird from 10,000 hand-painted LEGO blocks and the flower from painted canvas.
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300 Ottawa Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
One of the most photographic spots in the city, Calder Plaza is easily spotted by the soaring orange sculpture, La Grand Vitesse, in front of city hall.
(Bonus art: walk behind the Calder – our nickname for La Grand Vitesse – and take a ride on the massive tire swing sculpture, Motu Viget.)
VOTE ID 42939
Three huge knitting needles, a huge ball of thread, and the words WE Are GRAND RAPIDS all linked by very long threads.
941 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Canal Park is just north of the Sixth Street Park along the east side of the Grand River.
Hug Stage – An 8-foot tall wooden stage shaped like a hug. It’s a vibrant, interactive space where artists perform and people can leave messages. (#57128)
Canopy by Hilton
131 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
GR’s pet-friendly modern hotel.
The Duke of Wheels Collection – Featuring costumes made from actual car parts, it’s a quirky experience that blends Detroit’s automotive history with entertainment. (#38875)
Cocoon Art Space
327 Division Ave S, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Welcoming gallery and shop featuring local artists and makers.
Unspooky Alphabet – 26 ink drawings of animals with human-like jobs and characteristics, each featuring an animal representing a letter of the alphabet. (#1282)
Courage & Soar
40 Monroe Center St NW Ste 104, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Across from GR Civic Theatre, fun clothing and homegoods boutique boasting lots of Michigan-centric items.
Sushi the Cat
VOTE ID 54853
Colorful illustrations from the children’s book, “Sushi the Cat,” as well as two large, playful papier-mâché cat figurines. The art is more than just something to look at; it invites you to interact. There are scheduled readings from the book, as well.
VOTE ID 82681
Six large, framed linocut prints that playfully twist familiar American idioms about animals.
Courtyard by Marriott Grand Rapids Downtown
11 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Seven-story hotel connected via a skywalk to Devos Place Convention Center and Van Andel Arena.
Dancing Sky – A painting of the northern lights that changes as you move around it. (#88462) • interactive
Needs More Dinosaurs – Step inside a tunnel of twinkling lights and hundreds of hand-painted glittering, shimmering disco dinosaurs in every color of the rainbow. (#68814)
620 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Contemporary art gallery offering fine arts classes for all ages.
Cultivate also designed family art programs this year. Find hands-on activities at ArtPrize Oaisis on select dates throughout the festival. Stop into the ArtPrize Clubhouse for curated self-guided walking tours, interactive worksheets, and art challenges for kids.
Illegal Art – A sea of 3×3 inch squares filled with various to-do lists, mantras, commands, and reminders. Created by the collective Illegal Art, you can contribute your own “to-dos” while exploring those left by others. (#71694) • interactive
303 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Possibly one of the largest venues for ArtPrize, find over 50 exhibits here.
** Heads up – there is a graphic display of paintings(nudity) in the skyway connecting the Amway to Devos Hall
Poetry on Demand – My Poem, Your Topic
VOTE ID 81259
Using one of his vintage typewriters William Davis Jr. crafts on-the-spot personalized poems for visitors.
Time at Stonehenge
VOTE ID 96726
A stone age reproduction jar that contains a view of Stonehenge inside. The jar has a built in moving light that duplicates the movement of the sun & moon across the ancient landscape. This gives the viewer a feeling of being at Stonehenge.
Tree of Life
VOTE ID 30017
A large stainless and steel tree hand forged and welded. Thousands of leaves meticulously placed.
VOTE ID 74248
Shiny sculpture of a fish, adorned with shimmering crystals that seem alive and reflect in all the colors of the rainbow.
VOTE ID 85280
Features 14 cast heads displaying memories that move in a sine wave fashion to show a beautiful story of life.
VOTE ID 77772
3D sculpture constructed with clay, paper mache, resin, and glass. Inspired by coral reefs and the many wonders of the ocean.
Before the Glitz
VOTE ID 81429
Carousel jumper horse carved out of wood, posed as if captured in mid-flight.
VOTE ID 27235
Five large canvases depicting 5 different body types. Open each dress to see a different hidden message inside. This piece is interactive and can be touched.
Life is But a Dream
VOTE ID 82956
3 oversized steel structures that represent folded paper boats.
Reflections of Dali: Anamorphic Symmetry in Wood
VOTE ID 03967
A rarely used technique known as Anamorphosis was utilized to create this artwork.
Million Birds of Hope 2
VOTE ID 22795
Any visitor to the exhibition is invited to participate in the artwork by taking a bird figurine directly from the installation/sculpture.
136 Division Ave S, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Art Gallery, event space and shop south of the Harris Building on Division.
Parallels – Your movements turn into live art thanks to high-tech projectors and computers. Inspired by nature and code. (#73192) • interactive
710 Monroe Ave NW
All-suite hotel on GR’s northwest side.
FOREST STEWARDS – Three large mystical forest-themed oil paintings. (#20156) • interactive
First Park Congregational Church
10 E Park Pl NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Historic open and affirming church on the city’s east side, find over 20 exhibits here.
VOTE ID 70382
A hand-crafted display of sandhill cranes that come to life when you turn a crank. Made from recycled materials, it’s an interactive way to learn about Michigan’s largest bird.
VOTE ID 87605
Wall of smiles made by a kindergarten class
VOTE ID 36081
It’s a giant box of donuts reborn from trash and old tires, reclaimed wood, scraps of tarp and fabric.
The Garden of Glass and Light Trellis
VOTE ID 25020
10-foot wooden trellis adorned with various beads that move with the wind or touch. It’s interactive, featuring an “I Spy” game with novelty beads.
Flanagan’s Irish Pub
139 Pearl St Grand Rapids
Irish pub north of Rosa Parks Circle.
Interactive Self Portrait – Mixed-media self-portrait that combines a painted image with live performances by the artist. Follow the artist on social media to catch these performances. (#82366)
Fountain Street Church
24 Fountain St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
This liberal, non-denominational church is known for hosting exhibits that focus on justice, humanity, and social issues in society.
The Negro Artist & Wave Cage – A fusion of award-winning poetry and diverse music styles, ranging from jazz to electronic. The show blends spoken word with live musical accompaniment, both written and improvised. (#31144)
Lift the Sky – A multitude of hanging panels filled with art from around the world, all focused on spreading positivity. (#41880)
Resilient Nation -Live performance of sand art. The artist uses beach sand on a lighted glass surface to create images that tell stories. (#36492)
Garage Bar and Grill
139 Pearl St Grand Rapids
A couple blocks east of Canal Park, this is a no-frills, laid back bar for anyone who wants to feel like a local.laid-back
VOTE ID 45231
Large, bold mural of Mother Nature.
Gerald R. Ford Federal Building & US Courthouse
110 Michigan Street NW, Grand Rapids 49503
Building to the north of the Calder at Calder Plaza.
Mr. Mapel’s Flues. – It’s like looking up at the clouds every visitor will see and feel something different. (#45377) • interactive
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Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
303 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
The Ford Museum is the hot spot for life-size (or larger!) sculptures, both inside and out of the building. This is also where you’ll find local favorite and still-life statue performer Robert Shangle.
Mon-Sat from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Sunday from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
VOTE ID 13772
A life size bronze statue of a man releasing a rehabilitated bald eagle.
VOTE ID 57752
Life-size cowboy on horse. Hand formed from thick steel plate.
VOTE ID 20138
Located inside the museum.
VOTE ID 18618
Three 8′ tall corten steel bears.
VOTE ID 19872
A colorful orange metal 2-d puppy, who may be accompanied by more metal friends.
They Call Me Eagle Eyes
VOTE ID 07970
Nature-based children’s book presented as a movie. Sit in the theater and watch it come to life.
Have a Seat
VOTE ID 06192
Series of intricate scenes featuring different empty chairs in various settings. Made of cut paper.
VOTE ID 57944
Large mobile with fish. It spins and moves with the wind.
International Living Statues Champions
VOTE ID 27834
A remarkable gathering of still-life performers spearheaded by local living statue artist, Robert Shangle.
VOTE ID 63193
Scrap metal creature that has lost his snails! The artist will place snail sculptures throughout the boundaries of the ArtPrize ma. If anyone finds one, they can keep it or return it to the creature.
VOTE ID 23530
A collection of original whimsical paintings from the artist’s ongoing “Monster of the Day” project, a daily painting challenge that’s in its tenth year.
Great Lakes Embroidery Series
VOTE ID 06057
Series of 4 inch embroidery hoops showcasing Great Lakes landscapes and rock formations.
Grand Rapids African American Museum & Archives (graama)
87 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Multiply your experience at GRAAMA with both thought-provoking ArtPrize entries and a dose of history and other compelling creative works.
Mah Zure – 2D art that tells the story of the Black American experience. (#33181)
Decide Piece Or Decide Peace – Art comparing marijuana laws and gun control, using mixed media. (#60528)
Black History Series – Typographic art featuring iconic Black figures and their words. (#75363)
Grand Rapids Art Museum
101 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
In addition to two ArtPrize exhibits, find a whole building dedicated to creative expression, right next to Rosa Parks Circle.
For Dancing in the Streets – A series of large-scale photographs honoring the Iranian men and women who have given their lives in the Woman, Life, Freedom movement. (#10631)
Grand Rapids Community College (Collins Art Gallery)
143 Bostwick Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Gallery in a college setting.
Bristol Mic – A 92″ wingspan sculpture of a British plane that served in World War I. The plane can fly with radio control. (#87384)
Pandemic Clouds – Floating clouds make up eight suspended 3-dimensional forms. (#75357)
Grand Rapids Downtown Market
435 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Stop here for a endless lunch choices at the various shops and diners while you peruse the five installations found here.
What Lies Beneath – Five 2-D installations that you can walk among. Spot the words that represent peace, love, unity, and respect. (#92354) • interactive
Has Heart at Veterans Memorial Park
101 E Fulton St, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
An outdoor venue across from the Children’s Museum featuring all military veteran artists. Over 20 exhibits.
Ebb and Flow – Paintings of varying sizes will be lit with solar powered lights for night time viewing. (#82129)
Renewal – 3-D floral piece that emerged after artist lost everything in an apartment fire. (#5877)
Astronaut and Flag – Large 3-D puzzle depicting local astronaut Roger B. Chaffee. (#94775)
Feathered Friend – A peacock created from discarded metal objects and reclaimed materials (#17501)
xxx – Photograph: Exploded Nintendo, deconstructed piece-by-piece, each individually photographed (#99913)
250 Pearl St NW Suite 100, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
This outside only venue is across from the Amway Grand Plaza valet parking area.
Caribbean Dreams – Installation spanning all 5 windows of Horizon Bank, transformed into a Caribbean reef. with numerous fish and sea creatures. Lit from behind with LED strips. (#45367) • interactive
Hyatt Place Grand Rapids/Downtown
140 Ottawa Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Downtown hotel with fun views of the east side.
Paint the Calder
VOTE ID 20680
Come paint the Calder! This 6′ x 12’ canvas that has 1,500 spaces for ArtPrize attendees to paint.
VOTE ID 86799
Ten Etch-A-Sketch drawings on a tabletop display portraying God’s creations.
VOTE ID 64081
Birch raft in a pool with water feature is adorned with a brass Michigan map and fish.
VOTE ID 11662
Recycled paper sculpture, each large branch of the tree represents the different kingdoms of life.
189 Lyon St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Big building on GR’s south side with a giant zipper painted onto the corner, unzipping to reveal a massive block of ice. Because this is home to a master ice carver.
Fleeting Beauty: A Pumpkin’s Tale
VOTE ID 48453
Master carver Randy Finch is bringing intricate pumpkin carvings to the Ice Castle. See a revolving gallery of pumpkins, some created as visitors watch. Each day it will have a new look.
JW Marriott Grand Rapids
235 Louis St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
This super tall shiny blue building overlooking the Grand River has a prominent place in the GR skyline and is one of the area’s top hotels.
Tale of Ten Dresses
VOTE ID 69660
10 life-size paper dresses created from the pages of classic and loved children’s stories.
VOTE ID 67648
Fully functional, original “concept car”. Comprised of aluminum skin with flush glass and linear lighting systems. this is “art on wheels.”
Red, White and Blues
VOTE ID 75469
A trio of band members made from musical instruments, playing instruments.
VOTE ID 43246
A chair being overtaken by kidney bean vines, raising kidney disease awareness.
VOTE ID 91975
4×5′ graphite pencil drawing that abstractly explores feelings around unhealthy relationships.
VOTE ID 3
Kendall College of Art and Design
17 Fountain St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Kendall is part of Ferris State University. You’ll know the building by the massive mural on the north side of the building, which hails from the 2010 ArtPrize competition.
Gambling on the Horizon – Collected items are tied together to form long strands that hang from the ceiling. (#79048)
SAY IT LOUD Michigan – Projects by women and diverse design professionals in Michigan, including interviews about their experiences in architecture and design professions. (#00163)
146 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Furnished apartment building.
Perfectly Imperfect 2.0
VOTE ID 36382
A large collection of vibrant, textural Starburst flowers made of handmade papercloth and metal. These wall sculptures range in size from 2’x2′ to 5’x4’ and span an 18 foot wall. They are best viewed up close to view the beautiful embossed designs on the petals!
Monroe Community Church
800 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Open even during street construction. This church features many fath-based 3-D atisits.
Shape of Memory – 30’x8′ long watercolor on paper. (#26740)
Perfect Imperfections – Wood layered artwork that embodies the essence of a lover through its portrait of a beautiful woman. (#70096)
Signature Project – A live 1-hour performance, where the audience is invited to add their signatures after the performance. (#84320)
The Reconciliation of All Things: Satan Repents – A life size sculpture of Jesus confronting Satan. (#58463)
Seven Days, 7 Portals – Seven colorful 14″x 19″ improvisational interpretations of the creation of the earth in seven days. (#80476)
Be My Neighbor – Draw a house, paint someone else’s, help build the neighborhood. – interactive. (#75104)
Monroe North Business Association at Sixth Street Park
647 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
This outdoor venue is a greenspace on GR’s northwest side. Running along the Grand River, it ends at the picturesque 6th Street Bridge which is an art piece in itself.
What’s not Cool About a Dragon?
VOTE ID 9659
Three dimensional welded dragon sculpture with LED lighting and propane programmable pyrotechnics. Over 1000 individually hand crafted scales. Breathes fire every three minutes.
VOTE ID 18013
Multicolored willow branch sculpture of a Unicorn mother and foal in a magical woodland setting. Includes string- and spot-lighting for fantastical viewing day or night.
VOTE ID 64605
Large mirrored “mountains” you can walk among and see yourself. “Infinity Mountains is a 3D installation work.”
VOTE ID 06790
This 6 x 6 foot wire sculpture depicts 10 different endangered species all connected in a mandala and centered around an eye.
VOTE ID 53028
A dumpster that comes to life with augmented reality and shares a story of the mental health and the impact our thoughts and energy have on it.
Oh, Hello Paper & Gifts
40 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Paper goods store and smartlly curated gift shop.
Forever Michigan – It’s a 4-sided, 6-foot tall display filled with large coloring pages showcasing Michigan’s nature and culture. Grab a crayon and add your own splash of color to the panels or download illustrations from their Facebook page and color them at home. (#24630) • interactive
608 Bridge St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Bourbon hotspot on the city’s west side.
Just for Fungi – Colorful fungi on black walnut slab and a mural at One Bourbon’s back patio, showcasing diverse, funky mushrooms. (#71680)
125 Ottawa Ave NW, Suite 160 Grand Rapids
A unique gallery and gift boutique in the historic Ledyard building.
I am Krista Kameleon
VOTE ID 76037
When you see Krista Kameleon, you see bright colors and cool designs painted right on her skin. She’s showing you who she really is through her art, and it’s like she’s a walking, talking painting.
VOTE ID 19295
Various paintings of dinosaurs interacting with our world
201 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
High-rise condo and apartment complex.
No Use Crying Over Spilled Paint
VOTE ID 15319
Thousands of discarded puzzle pieces transformed into an incredible 3D sculpture! Puzzles on metal paints cans on canvas. Hand painted with latex, archival clear varnish.
120 Monroe Center St NW Grand Rapids
Look for this whimsical postal-inspired installation outside of GR’s downtown Post Office location.
Intergalactic Arts Federation – Collection of small post-office boxes, each containing a mini diorama or micro installation of art. (#36279)
975 Ottawa Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
SILVA is an old 45,000-square-foot building that was part of a furniture company. It had two parts: one for work and another for entertainment like a gym and theater. It’s being turned into a restaurant and event space, aiming to open in 2024.
LAYERS: A HANDS ON EXPERIENCE OF LINE AND COLOR
VOTE ID 13401
Wall of transparent drawings in different colors. Visitors can shift these layers to create new designs on 5 of the works.
Reclaiming the “Orient”
VOTE ID 50245
Unique wooden screen windows inspired by traditional Persian latticework known as “Gereh-chini.”
Grand (Rapids) Sumo
VOTE ID 34386
A full sized clay dohyo in the heart of the city. Straddling several categories of art (3D, time-based, and installation), this piece will host live sumo wrestling on a daily basis throughout ArtPrize, including GR Sumo Club practices, other US wrestlers and from around the world, as well as a tournament.
VOTE ID 33062
A collection of stories aimed at finding what unites us in a divided world. Born from troubling times marked by a global pandemic, social unrest, and political tension, this journey covers 93,000 miles and 900 days to highlight stories of hope, healing, and transformation.
Contemplation Garden /Jardín Contemplación
VOTE ID 09124
42 paper columns arranged to form corridors and a central plaza. The natural light changes the appearance of the columns throughout the day, creating an ever-changing experience
A Swan Song to the Kensington School Building
VOTE ID 49428
Here you’re surrounded by paper sheets that mimic the texture of a soon-to-be-demolished school’s bricks. Paper sculptures add depth, capturing architectural details from the school. It’s a tribute to the school and its history.
The Vision of Sound
VOTE ID 59937
Crystal singing bowls, drums, vocal performance, and other instruments fed through a digital visualization platform and projected real-time into the wall of the venue.
To Love is Human
VOTE ID 29854
Textile banners filled with words of love and poems. Love songs and voices play in the background.
Journey With the Messengers
VOTE ID 99009
A guided path that takes you through 7 life-sized paintings, each representing a different stage of human experience, from Chaos to Unity. As you move from one painting to the next, you can activate an original musical score and read a poem inspired by each artwork.
From the Blood of the Old: Gifr of the Psychopomp
VOTE ID 02870
Enclosed room with one wall filled with backlit acrylic panels and cloud elements extending into the space.
Swift Printing Inc.
404 Bridge St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Swift Printing Surprise Sticker Vending Machine – Insert 4 quarters in a tiny vending machine to get a mystery print or sticker. Fun and nostalgic! (#50394) • interactive
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The Arts Marketplace
121 Ionia Ave SW Ste 125, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Diverse clothing & gift shop off of the greenspace at Studio Park movie theater.
Alice’s Botanical Abode in Wonderland- A living Installation by She Is GR Co. – Eco-friendly, locally-sourced modern “Alice in Wonderland” with handmade mushrooms, disco elements, and live “singing” plants. (#34379)
The Atrium at Uccello’s Downtown
122 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
This place is almost a secret! It’s an indoor courtyard behind Uccello’s restaurant – with four-story high skylight and exposed brick walls. Right across the street from Rosa Parks Circle, this venue has over 20 ArtPrize entries on display.
Yellowstone National Park Tour
VOTE ID 64609
Touchable, textured paintings! These aren’t just any paintings; they mimic nature’s pathways like mazes and streams, inspired by specific spots in Yellowstone National Park. The twist? The art is textured, made from a mix of clay, acrylic, and something called prismatic oil. Notice that the oil creates unique, intricate patterns that change over time. It’s like each painting is a puzzle where you can trace the paths with your fingers.
Keep Your Hands Off My Treasure
VOTE ID 41527
At this exhibit, you’ll encounter two different piles of items. The first one showcases the artist’s own hoarding tendencies—stuff collected just because it was “free after rebate.” But there’s a twist: a second pile allows you to take an item if you promise to do something good in the world. You write down your “rebate promise” in a book, like committing to donate to charity or to perform a random act of kindness. Later, on a specific date, you can come back to claim more items, but you’ll need to make another “rebate promise” for each item you take.
There’s Always a Billy
VOTE ID 25837
7 large-scale portraits in a new-age pop-art inspired format of famous musicians named “Billy” or “Billie”, one for every decade. There is also an interactive Billy Button Box that allows the viewers to push a “Billy button” to listen to a well-known song snippet from each of the famous Billy singers throughout the years. At the end of listening to a song snippet from all of the famous Billy’s, you can choose which Billy is your favorite and put it in the Billy Ballot box!
20 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Over 40 entries located inside and out, The B.O.B. is a major ArtPrize stop (and boasts a few good restaurants inside, too.)
Exploring the Infinite
VOTE ID 37951
3-D painting that appears to change shape and move as you move.
VOTE ID 81840
Move around and look from different angles – find the hidden guitar, seamlessly integrated into the painting. It’s like a magic trick for your eyes!
They Spoke such Wonderful Words of Wisdom, it was Doubtful She would ever Hear His Voice
VOTE ID 90490
Full-scale wooden sculpture of a woman balancing on one foot. Separate lamb sculpture positioned 3 feet away from human figure.
Artist for sale
VOTE ID 17567
A 48 x 24-inch oil painting, part of a “people in motion” series, showing a friend playing on the shore of Lake Michigan.
Capering Along the Shore
VOTE ID 80418
Part of a “people in motion” series, this 4-foot long oil painting shows snapshots of a friend enjoying their time on the shores of Lake Michigan.
VOTE ID 15244
This art appears to be a floating city. It’s made of 3/8-inch thick printed acrylic plexiglass and hangs in the air with wire cables.
VOTE ID 37423
3-D sculptures showing a spider, dragonfly and butterfly at different stages.
An Octopus Story
VOTE ID 71264
Children’s book with animal drawings. Theme – stay true to your own unique self even when you’re really good at blending in.
Spray Paint Art Show
VOTE ID 47109
Watch as Froggy creates artwork on the spot
55 Ionia Ave NW, Grand Rapids MI 49503
A historic, vacant building with a variety of paintings on display for ArtPrize.
Carnival at Midnight
VOTE ID 81310
Somewhere between a painting and a sculpture of a theme park with ferris wheel and partial roller coaster
Banners for the Circus of my Imagination
VOTE ID 18985
Four 5-foot tall circus banners showing imaginative performers , including a high-diving merman.
VOTE ID 18504
A big loop of paintings that forms a circle. It’s really long—63 feet—but it’s folded in on itself so it fits into an 18-foot circle on the floor. The paintings have two sides, and you’re encouraged to walk around and look at both.
this is upside down
VOTE ID 63479
Fun, bright, abstract tongue in cheek painting
The Parlour at CityFlatsHotel
77 Monroe Center
Hair and nail salon.
Pt. Pink – 12 photograph series that what summer looked like as a kid, anticipating the next summer. (#01352)
206 Cesar E. Chavez Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
College bar on the sout side.
Look About You!
VOTE ID 42223
A mural that’s a love letter to Michigan’s natural diversity. The artwork shows human figures, Michigan’s own plants, animals, and even fungi spilling out.
Van Andel Arena
130 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Concert venue and home of the Grand Rapids Griffins hockey team. Exhibit is outdoors.
Egg Prize – Egg prize vending machine (#05765) • interactive
156 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
VOTE ID 90512
Three panel triptych mosaic depicts an annual pediatric tradition called Moonbeams for Sweet Dreams. Each year during the holidays, community members gather outside the pediatric unit in Grand Rapids, shining flashlights up to their windows to wish them good night.
Waters Center/Homewood Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids Downtown
161 Ottawa Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
The Waters Center/Homewood Suites hotel is right around the corner from DeVos Place.
The Mad Hatter – A one-of-a-kind gown created with re-used and recycled materials. The hat and skirt both light up (#91511)
American Gothic – Life size mannequins from a combination of hand carved pieces, reclaimed wood and adorned with found objects. (#72299)
Wimee Store and Studio
125 Ottawa Ave NW #150, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
DYK that the popular PBS show Wimee’s Words is based in Grand Rapids? Wimee’s Studio is downtown and has an interactive game for kids at ArtPrize this year.
Wimee’s Scavenger Hunt – Scan the store’s window QR code to join Wimee on a virtual scavenger hunt around Grand Rapids. The video shows Wimee visiting and photographing city sculptures. Follow along, take your own pics, and return to Wimee’s studio for a special surprise. (#50328) • interactive
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45 Ottawa Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
The building is situated at the corner of Ottawa and Louis, adjacent to the GRAM and near Rosa Parks Circle.
VOTE ID 20130
Full wall mural of a majestic elephant in Gnabassan style, with trunk up spraying not just water, but WISDOM.
Where to Stay in Grand Rapids for ArtPrize
Grand Rapids is home to many clean, well-kept hotels. Here’s where to find the best lodging both downtown and in the surrounding area.
Places to Eat During ArtPrize
The fun thing about ArtPrize is that many local eateries become venues and feature exhibits.
But really, anywhere you choose to dine is going to be a winner, from our fave grown-up restaurants (most are family friendly to boot) to unique kid-friendly spots. There are even venues where kids eat free or cheap.
Will there be an ArtPrize 2023?
• Yes, ArtPrize is happening in 2022 in Grand Rapids, MI.
• ArtPrize starts on Thursday, Sept 15, 2022.
• The last day of ArtPrize is Sunday, October 2, 2022.
How much does it cost to get into Art Prize 2023?
ArtPrize does not charge admission; it is free to attend and participate in this event.
In fact, all venues are free and open to the public for the duration of ArtPrize during open hours.
What is ArtPrize?
ArtPrize is an art competition that takes place in buildings, parks, businesses and public spaces in the fall in Downtown Grand Rapids, MI. Hundreds of artists compete for a variety of prizes, some of which are awarded by public participation. In addition to art, pop-up events are slated for all 18 days of the competition.
When are ArtPrize buildings open?
All venues have agreed to be open within Minimum Venue Hours, though many venues open earlier and close later than the listed times.
Monday-Thursday: 5–8 PM
Friday & Saturday: Noon–8 PM
Sunday: Noon–6 PM
Where to Park for Art Prize
No more quarters! Downtown is packed for ArtPrize, but there are lots of ramps and other parking available.
If you’re looking for low-cost parking try under the 131 overpass to the west of the Gerald R. Ford Museum or at Park Church (10 East Park Place NE).
Click for more on Parking and how to use the city’s MOTU parking app.
Scooters, Bikes & the Bus for Art Prize
If your group is able, leave the car behind.
Add a Scavenger Hunt Adventure to Your Downtown ArtPrize Adventure
Kids just love to turn anything into a game or an adventure, don’t they? I know my daughter does – she can give even the most mundane tasks an imaginative and energetic flair.
With that in mind, we are returning again this year with an ArtPrize Scavenger Hunt. This fun activity will add the elements of exploration and adventure to your kids’ ArtPrize experience!