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For Artists

ArtPrize® is an international art competition open to anyone over 18 years old who enters their artwork during the Artist Registration period and secures a Venue.

If you won a Public Vote or Juried Award at last year's event, you must wait one year before entering again.

Travel to Grand Rapids, MI is not required to participate, but Artists are responsible for the installation and removal of their Artwork unless specific arrangements are made with their Venue (see Hosting Agreement).

For Artwork

Eligible Artwork may:
Be the work of an individual artist or a team
Be any medium
Be a single piece, a series, an installation with multiple components, or any other output that can be exhibited in the space agreed upon with the hosting Venue (see Hosting Agreement)
Be any size, provided it fits in the space secured in a Venue
Eligible Artwork must:
Be shown at a registered ArtPrize Venue
Be wholly owned by the Artist or team of Artists
Not infringe on third party rights
Be entered in the ArtPrize competition for the first time
Be titled and voted on as a single entry
The eligibility of your Artwork is not confirmed until you’ve completed a Connection with a Venue. If you have not received notification from a Venue by the end of the Connections Period, your work is not eligible for ArtPrize this year. For specific questions about the eligibility of your entry, contact

Permanent Murals or Installations

Artwork intended to become a permanent fixture of the Grand Rapids landscape, such as murals and sculpture, or any installation that might potentially obstruct a walkway or other public space, must first be reviewed and approved by the City of Grand Rapids’ Arts Advisory Board. Once you’ve made a Connection with a Venue that’s agreed to host your Artwork, your Venue will work with our Exhibitions Team to try to obtain the necessary approvals from the City.

Official Rules

The following is a summary of the Official Rules for Artists:

Each Artist must be at least 18 years old at the time they register.
Artists must pay a $50 non-refundable fee to enter their Artwork. Team entries pay a non-refundable flat fee of $100.
For any team entry, every individual that makes a significant creative contribution to the Artwork must be registered as an Artist and officially attached to that Artwork and to no other Artwork. Volunteers or contractors that did not make a significant creative contribution to the Artwork do not need to be registered.
Artwork must be shown at an ArtPrize Venue.
Secondary elements of an Artwork (or instances of a performance) may appear elsewhere, but the primary element and/or documentation of an Artwork must be at its Venue.
Artists must sign a Hosting Agreement with their Venue.
Artwork may be a single piece, a collection of pieces, or an installation with multiple elements. In any case, an Artwork is titled and voted on as a single unit.
Each entry must be classified as only one of four Categories: 2-D, 3-D, Time-based, or Installation. Artists must identify their entry’s Category during the registration process. Category identification is subject to ArtPrize review; ArtPrize makes final decisions about the Category of each entry.
If an Artwork is Time-based or performance-oriented, the Artwork must at least be performed within the first round of voting with an artifact or other representation (props, a video, etc.) left behind for presentation during the remainder of the competition.
Only original Artwork is eligible for submission. The Artist is responsible to ensure that the Artwork does not infringe on any third party’s proprietary rights.
The Artwork must be currently owned by the Artist or by the team of Artists.
The Artist is responsible for transportation of the Artwork to, and removal of the Artwork from, the applicable Venue, unless otherwise provided in the applicable Hosting Agreement or other arrangements with the Venue.
Artwork from prior ArtPrize competitions, or Artwork that is identical to entries from prior ArtPrize competitions, may not be entered in ArtPrize.
All sales during the event are considered pending until the end of the event. If the Grand Prize winner was entered into a pending sale, that sale is voided.
Artists that win any of the Public Vote prizes and/or Juried Awards are ineligible to enter ArtPrize the following year (e.g., the winners of ArtPrize 2013, including all members of team entries, may not enter ArtPrize 2014, winners in 2014 may not enter ArtPrize 2015, and so on).
Entry Categories

Each Artist Entry must be placed in one of four Categories. These Categories have a direct effect on the Entry's eligibility for prizes. Midway through the event, two sets of finalists will be announced. The Public Vote Final 20 includes the five top-voted Entries from each of the Categories. Similarly, the Juried Award Shortlist Nominees consist of the five nominees from each of the Categories.

The Artist’s selection of a Category is subject to review by ArtPrize staff. ArtPrize maintains the right to make the final determination of the Category of each Entry, to ensure that the definitions of the Categories are being interpreted consistently. If we feel that an Entry could work in more than one Category, we'll defer to the Artist's selection.

Category Definitions

Below are the Categories and their definitions. Examples provided are not exhaustive.

2-D – Entries that exists primarily on a flat plane. Painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, and most textiles are examples of 2D work.

3-D – Entries that occupy space and are intended to be viewed from multiple angles. Sculptures that are not site-specific belong in the 3-D category.

Time-Based – Entries that are durational and change over time. The viewer has to spend some time with the work to fully view it. This includes performance, video and film, dance, music, and interactive work.

Installation – Entries that are dependent on the site in which they are installed. The location is not a neutral ground, but makes up an important ingredient of the work. Installation is different from 3-D in that changing the location of the piece would dramatically change the work.


Every year, ArtPrize distributes $560,000 in total cash prizes, making the event the world’s largest art competition. See previous ArtPrize award winners.

Public Vote

At ArtPrize, hundreds of thousands of spectators take an active role as judge and critic, with an unprecedented top prize decided by public vote. Using mobile devices and the Internet, five Public Vote winners are chosen in two rounds of voting.

Public Vote Grand Prize: $200,000
2-D Public Vote Award: $20,000
3-D Public Vote Award: $20,000
Time-based Public Vote Award: $20,000
Installation Public Vote Award: $20,000
Juried Awards

In contrast to the Public Vote, the Juried Awards are decided by a group of internationally acclaimed art experts. ArtPrize presents five Juried Awards. The Juried Grand Prize is selected by a committee of three, while the four Category awards are each chosen by a single juror with the help of local professionals.

Juried Grand Prize: $200,000
2-D Juried Award: $20,000
3-D Juried Award: $20,000
Time-based Juried Award: $20,000
Installation Juried Award: $20,000
There is also a Juried Award for Outstanding Venue of $20,000, awarded to the curator of a Venue, not an Artist.

Each year’s jurors are announced on the ArtPrize blog.

What Happens If You Win

For all winners of the Public Vote and Juried Awards, monetary prizes will be awarded in a lump sum to the individual Artist in whose name the Artwork was submitted or split between team members.
The Public Vote Grand Prize winner is acknowledged as the winner of its category as well, but receives the greater of the two prize amounts ($200,000, not $220,000).
If the Juried Award Grand Prize winner is also selected by the jury as the winner of its category, the Entry is acknowledged for both awards but receives the greater of the two prize amounts ($200,000, not $220,000).
It is possible for an Entry to win both a Public Vote and Juried Award — even both Grand Prizes — for a total award of $40,000, $220,000, or even $400,000.
Winning Artists are not eligible to enter the following year.

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