ArtPrize to Award Grants to Artists for Featured Public Art

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ArtPrize® is an international art competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan, open to anyone over 18 years old who enters their artwork during the Artist Registration period and secures a Venue. More information on how to enter ArtPrize can be found here.

Featured Public Projects
Featured Public Projects will award $85,000 in grants for large, ambitious public art projects in four highly visible public sites in downtown Grand Rapids.

Applications for Featured Public Projects will accepted in several phases. Initial applications for several city parks as well as the Grand River are being accepted now. Applying for and receiving a Featured Public Projects grant is the only way to exhibit artwork in these spaces during ArtPrize.

Proposals are being accepted for four sites:

  • Vandenberg (Calder) Plaza
  • Ah-Nab-Awen Park
  • Gillett Bridge
  • Grand River


Interested artists must answer a Request for Qualifications (RFQ).

  • RFQs are due March 20, 2017
  • RFQs must be submitted by email to
  • RFQs include a short letter of intent and documentation of past projects.
  • Download application instructions for specific sites for further details

Download this PDF for full application info regarding city parks.

Download this PDF for full application info regarding the Grand River.


A select number of artists will be invited to produce detailed proposals.  Artists will be paid a $500 stipend to complete full proposals. Final selection will be made based on the content and feasibility of the proposed projects.

Proposal requirements vary by site, but all should be imaginative, photogenic, and ambitious. Projects that integrate performance and interactive elements are encouraged. Proposals should consider the context of ArtPrize as a technology-driven, urban, democratic, participatory public art event. An awareness of Grand Rapids as a midwest city with roots in design and manufacturing will be helpful. Ideal applicants will make good use of the installation site, with its specific physical, historical, and political qualities.



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