Eight years ago, ArtPrize began in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to experiment with a new kind of art event. For almost three weeks starting in mid-September, the ArtPrize 2016 competition opens up the conversation about art, its meaning, and what it is to the masses by covering three square miles in different forms of creative expression. Anyone can contribute to the competition, which is judged both by a panel of experts and public vote.
Self-described as “radically open,” ArtPrize will provide hundreds of exhibitions, galas, receptions, and other events and feature works in three categories: Critical Discourse, ArtPrize on Screen, and ArtPrize on Stage. Whether it’s through music, film, performance, or whatever else, you’re welcome to become an “ArtPrizer” by expressing yourself to the public. Or, if you’d rather stay out of the spotlight, you can start previewing all the event has to offer starting September 14th before voting opens on the 21st.
The ArtPrize 2016 competition and all the annual events that preceded it are unlike anything ever before seen in the realm of art. Have you ever wondered who says what is and isn’t art? Here, you decide what has artistic merit and deserves to be recognized, so come down to Grand Rapids mid-September for the experience of a lifetime.