One of the first events of fall 2021 is the return of ArtPrize to downtown Grand Rapids. The event, which was canceled by the pandemic last year, returns on September 16 and ends on October 3. It provides a showcase for artists from everywhere, in many traditional and non-traditional formats.
There are drawings, sculptures, and other traditional “arts”, but as you stroll through downtown Grand Rapids, you might find a metal fire-breathing dragon. Or you can find an insect garden displayed as you approach the Gerald Ford Museum.
“A city that devotes itself to art for three weeks is something to be celebrated. People will find the pieces that speak to them. It is quite powerful.
Steve Friess, The New York Times (September 27, 2017)
ArtPrize started in 2009, and is an international event, having now awarded millions of cash prizes to artists, through grants to support their work and what makes it interesting is the public decides via the ArtPrize website . One thing the ArtPrize website mentions is that one of its goals is not only to give artists a place, but to spark “countless conversations about what art is and why it matters.”
If you haven’t been to ArtPrize, plan to take a stroll through downtown Grand Rapids. There are maps out there and online, of where the art is located and it’s in a lot of places, even in lower level bars. But on a beautiful day in September, it is worth going there.
ArtPrize 2021 returns to downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan on September 16
Photographs of ArtPrize entries since 2009, in Grand Rapids, Michigan
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