Your guide to ArtPrize 2022

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — ArtPrize, the annual interactive art competition that draws dozens of visitors to Grand Rapids, kicks off Thursday, September 15.

Residents will have the opportunity to browse 750 entries – paintings, sculptures, interactive art performances and more – scattered around downtown Grand Rapids, and vote on which artists are expected to win a $250,000 prize.

“The buzz is accelerating,” said ArtPrize executive director Craig Searer. “We’ve been having signage pickups at venues for the past few days, and art installations are underway and will continue until ArtPrize begins.”

This year marks the 12th time the ArtPrize has been held in Grand Rapids. The event was started in 2009 by Rick DeVos and billed as a “radically open” competition with the biggest art prize in the world. There have been a lot of changes since then, with new reward structures, fewer entries, different voting methods, and a significantly smaller prize pool.

A big difference this year: the removal of the grand prize.

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The grand prize, which once topped $250,000 but dipped to $50,000 last year, has been eliminated in favor of a prize system that aims to “spread the money throughout the event and recognize and honor more artists,” Searer said.

Despite the changes, Searer says there are plenty of reasons to be excited for this year’s event.

“The quality this year is extremely high,” he said. “It just keeps getting better year after year, and it’s probably one of the best coming-to-art years ever.

ArtPrize is scheduled to run from September 15 to October 15. 2.

Here is an overview of what you need to know for ArtPrize 2022:


ArtPrize will include 150 locations, everywhere from parks and museums to restaurants, bars and cafes, scattered across downtown Grand Rapids. Sites are clustered downtown, but extend as far south as Wealthy Street and north to Ann St. NW. There are also several satellite sites outside of downtown, including MacKay-Jaycees Park, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, and Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

Some venues have a single room, while others, such as DeVos Place, the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, have multiple entries.

An interactive map displaying the location of each entry is available online at

There are 750 entries this year, Searer said. That’s down from last year’s 881 admissions and over 1,500 admissions in 2012.

Although there are fewer admissions, Searer said attendees will see many impressive exhibits downtown.

He highlighted, for example, some of the most important entries ArtPrize has helped bring to the city through its artist grants program. One of those entrances is EIRO, a 35-foot tower in Calder Plaza that’s outfitted with speakers, lights, and screens that, according to its online description, represent “all human needs and desires.”

“I think people have really taken to ArtPrize and whatever their craft is,” Searer said, describing why he thinks the caliber of art on display this year is remarkable. “We had artists who started in 2009, and they’ve been doing it now for 13 years.”

Voting and rewards

Voting will also be different this year.

To vote, entrants must create an online account at Once complete, entrants can view the online map, choose a location, and click a star icon next to the artist they wish to support. Clicking the star icon, also known as artist patronage, increases the artist’s chances of winning prizes and rewards, according to the website.

Searer said top performers are eligible to win daily or weekly prizes ranging from $250 to $2,500.

In addition to daily or weekly awards, ArtPrize will also offer two sets of awards: Jury Awards and Audience Awards. Award categories for both public and juried categories include 2D, 3D, time, installation and digital.

In the jury category, there is a prize of $10,000 for each winner and a prize of $2,500 for the runner-up. For the People’s Choice Awards, there is a $10,000 prize for each winner.

The closing ceremony, where the artists will be honored, will take place on September 30 at Studio Park in downtown Grand Rapids.


A host of events are scheduled throughout ArtPrize, including walking tours, art workshops, music, art markets, expert-led talks on art, meet-and-greets with artists and more. For a complete list of events scheduled throughout ArtPrize, visit the event website at

Some events are free while others have an entry fee.

The ArtPrize 2022 launch event will take place on September 16 at Calder Plaza from 7-11 p.m. The event will feature music from DJ SuperDre, the Stone Soul Rhythm Band, as well as food and alcohol vendors. Those wishing to attend must create an account with ArtPrize Online in order to participate.

Browse ArtPrize

To navigate ArtPrize, view the interactive event map, which shows the location of all event venues. The organization has also provided the following tips for those inquiring about the transportation options available for the event.

By car:

  • « RG mobile offers many parking options in Grand Rapids, including surface lots, ramps, and pay lots. There are different price points throughout the city to suit budgets of all types. Streets, lots, and ramps are conveniently located, accessible, and well-lit, allowing you to quickly find a parking spot and get to it safely.
  • Ramp and lot parking: “Look at this interactive parking map from our friends at Mobile GR which showcases all the ramps and open terrain in town. Ellis parking lot ramps and surface courts are also a great option and easy to get to all over town.”
  • Metered parking: “Say hello to convenient street parking with motu! You no longer need to plan or search for parts. Just look for signs with the Motu logo, park and pay directly from your mobile phone. Do not forget to check the signs indicating the hours of application of the meters in order not to receive a fine!
  • Carpooling“When you can, consider carpooling with others. This will help ease traffic congestion and make finding parking easier for you and your friends and family.

By bus:

  • Ride the fast“Make your way to and from ArtPrize more comfortably than you ever imagined. Get on a bus, have peace of mind and stop spending time dealing with traffic jams. Mobile GR partners with The Rapid to provide transit systems throughout the city of Grand Rapids. Find your route.
  • FREE DASH transportation: “Free transportation and minimal waiting awaits you in Grand Rapids. Sit down and let it DASH bus do the work for you! With fast frequency and convenient routes, Mobile GR teams up to provide FREE public transportation between many downtown points with DASH bus lines. Avoid parking fees with public transit!

By bike:

  • “Want to take your bike downtown? Great! Cyclists will find hundreds of bike parking spaces, several public bike repair stations, and a growing number of bike-friendly businesses when they get to and around downtown.

By Micro-Mobility:

Lime Electric Scooters & Bikes: “In the summer of 2022, the City of Grand Rapids Commission approved ‘Lime’ to operate its e-scooter and e-bike sharing programs in a select area of ​​Grand Rapids. The program covers a 12 mile zone. These new eco-friendly options will allow commuters, visitors and residents to get around Grand Rapids in new and fun ways. Learn more

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