Artists Can Win Six-Figure Awards in ArtPrize Competition

ARTISTS. ArtPrize is an open, international art competition that offers $560,000 in prizes. Winners are chosen both by the public and professional jurors. The art is displayed in diverse venues throughout downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The 2013 competition is open to any artist in the world (18 years or older) who registers on by June 6, 2013 and secures a venue by June 20, 2013.


Any space in downtown Grand Rapids can register to  be a venue. Venues that have offered installation space in past competitions have ranged from laundromats to museums.

The fifth annual ArtPrize festival will be held September 18 to October 6, 2013. The 2012 festival displayed 1517 entries in 162 venues and attracted more than 400,000 visitors from novices to the art-world elite..

$200,000 in Juried Awards

ArtPrize presents six juried awards, five for artists and one for a venue. The Juried Grand Prize is selected by a three-person committee. Five other awards are chosen by a single juror for each category with the help of local professionals.

  • Juried Grand Prize: $100,000
  • 2-D Work:$20,000
  • 3-D Work: $20,000
  • Time/Performance-Based Work:$20,000
  • Best Use of Urban Space: $20,000

The curator of the Outstanding Venue receives a $20,000 prize.

$360,000 in Public Awards

Ten award winners will be chosen by the public during two rounds of voting via mobile devices and the Internet.

  • 1st Place: $200,000
  • 2nd Place: $75,000
  • 3rd Place: $50,000
  • 4th through 10th Place: $5,000 each

Registration Fee

The registration fee is $50 for a single entry and $100 for a collaborative entry. If you want your art to be considered for inclusion, you must register no later than Thursday, June 6 at 5 p.m. EDT. Then you can use the “Connect with Venue” feature on the website to find venues that might want to host your entry. If the venue is interested, they will contact you about a hosting agreement.  Signed hosting agreements must be submitted by Thursday, June 20 at 5 pm.

Until you have filled out your artist profile, completed a proposal for your entry, uploaded images for your entry, and paid the registration fee, you won’t be visible to participating venues and you will not be able to see their contact information either. Because venues have already started planning their exhibitions, it’s best to register early.

There is no guarantee that all registered artists will secure a venue. If you are unable to secure a venue, the registration fee is waived.


Entry Information for Artists