ArtPrize Makes Major Change: plans to alternate years with city art project


RAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — In a major twist, ArtPrize is moving its Grand Rapids art competition to every other year starting after ArtPrize 10 this fall.

Organizers announced the change during a news conference Thursday, saying it was made in hopes of reinvigorating the decade-old event.

During competition off-years, ArtPrize plans to hold an alternative city art event. The first one, dubbed “Project 1 by ArtPrize,” will take place in 2019.

"With Project 1, ArtPrize will temporarily step away from officiating a competition and will instead commission immersive public artworks," ArtPrize Artistic Director Kevin Buist said.

ArtPrize officials say the event schedule will be as follows:

  • 2018: ArtPrize 10
  • 2019: Project 1
  • 2020: ArtPrize 11
  • 2021: Project 2
  • 2022: ArtPrize 12
  • 2023: Project 3

"Project 1 by ArtPrize” will be funded by ArtPrize and its donors and sponsors. In contrast to the competition, the art project will involve a single artist or small group of artists. Following the ArtPrize philosophy, the project will include multiple downtown sites and will tap into the city's history and culture.



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