ArtPrize is Back – 2023 Dates Announced for ArtPrize 2.0

Published on December 07, 2022


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Today the Transition Leadership Board of ArtPrize 2.0 announced the dates for the iconic event in 2023.

ArtPrize 2.0 will take place September 14 through October 1, 2023.  Artists, venues, visitors, businesses, arts organizations, neighbors and families can all begin planning now. More details about ArtPrize 2.0 will be released in early 2023.

The new partnership formed by Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (DGRI), Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) and the City of Grand Rapids believes in the same inquisitive “why not?” approach to the important work that has enabled ArtPrize to evolve.   

“The past work of the founders, sponsors, artists, and donors has built a strong foundation that provides a tremendous opportunity for the future of ArtPrize,” Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss said. “We are so thankful to the founders for their dedication to nurturing this radical concept to the point where it can be gifted to our community.”

Tara McCrackin, president of KCAD, said, “ArtPrize has had an immense impact on our community, and it has become something that uniquely sets Grand Rapids apart. Our goal is to harness the sense of wonder and discovery ArtPrize creates for visitors, and build on the sense of challenge, opportunity, and community it can create for artists and supporters of the arts.

ArtPrize turned the arts world on its head when it debuted, gaining international recognition and driving economic activity that has distinguished Grand Rapids from other communities across the nation. The size of the prize pool, open concept, technological innovation, and combination of voter-selected and juried winners continues to make ArtPrize unique in the art world.

Reimagining the event for 2023 is actively underway.

“We see this unique gift as an amazing opportunity to continue to the process of refining this national and international destination event for our community,” City Manager Mark Washington said.

A transition leadership board has been formed that includes City Manager Mark Washington, Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, Downtown Development Authority Chairperson Rick Winn, KCAD President Tara McCrackin, Switch Vice-President for Government and Local Affairs Natalie Stewart, Corewell Health Chief Legal Officer David Leonard, and Acrisure Benefits Group Executive Vice-president of Strategic Growth Michael Verhulst.

“As a Board, we want to thank artists, sponsors, donors, venues, families, and the whole community for their past support and for their continued interest in the future of ArtPrize. We value this distinctive Grand Rapids event and are committed to an enduring ArtPrize 2.0 future,” Downtown Development Chair Rick Winn said.

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