We want you to experience the energy of ArtPrize –the world’s largest international art competition held in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
“An explosion of creativity” is how the brainchild of ArtPrize originator Rick DeVos describes what began as an experiment in 2009. ArtPrize has transformed our community into a gigantic canvas, inspiring countless conversations,connections, opportunities, life changing events and prize-winning artwork. This year’s ArtPrize hosted over 1400 artists from 41 states and 40 countries sharing over 1200 inspiring – provocative – genius works of art in more than 165 venues throughout the city. Just imagine the limitless possibilities: modern art on the street corner, sculpture and oil paintings that draw attention to world atrocities, recycled products turned into playground toys, glittering mosaics that disguise a building, optical illusions that challenge your perceptions, student groups collaborating on their masterpieces, pencil drawings that imitate photographs, and a thousand more pieces of art that cause creative conversation! Part of the real beauty of ArtPrize is that it is open to anyone on the planet. And, a total of $500,000 is awarded to artists competing in various categories.
When you come to Grand Rapids for Convention 2020, you will be inspired and amazed by the ArtPrize art that has become a permanent part of our city’s landscape.
In the meantime, be inspired by how one person’s vision, motivation, and community support can create a platform that energizes everyone who participates –artists, local venues, volunteers and viewers of art. See how an explosion of creativity transforms a city: www.artprize.org/about/film . This year be inspired by the 2018 grand prize winners. The wife and husband team of Chelsea Nix and Mariano Cortez created “The String Project” – a series of photos taken around the world that portray humanity’s shared connection. www.thestringproject.org Be inspired by what can be accomplished when you attract 500,000 visitors to one cool city!