ArtPrize is Back for 2010

ArtPrize, a one-of-a-kind art competition that started in Grand Rapids in 2009, is back again, bigger and better.  Over 1700 artists will display their work at over 190 venues in and around Grand Rapids from September 22 to October 10.  Over $450,000 in prizes will be awarded by a vote of the people, including a grand prize of $250,000.  It is not about the money, though.  Only 10 will finish in the money.  It is about art engaging the community.  It is an extraordinary event, the brainchild of Rick DeVos. It is generously supported by the Dick & Betsy DeVos Foundation.

Here are some of my photos of ArtPrize 2010.  Keep coming back.  This portfolio will grow over the next three weeks.

My photos are posted here on Flickr.  You can also view photos from ArtPrize 2009 by clicking here.

The official ArtPrize site is

ArtPrize 2010: “Play Me I’m Yours” by Luke Jerram

One of the ArtPrize 2010 entries that I am eagerly anticipating is Luke Jerram’s “Play Me I’m Yours.”  I have blogged about this exhibit before (click here).  Jerram places pianos around a city. Each piano is labeled, “Play Me I’m Yours.”  He has done this in London, Sidney, Sao Paulo, New York City, among others and now he’s bringing his pianos to Grand Rapids 

The results elsewhere have been fantastic fun!  Here’s just one example.

The ArtPrize organization says Art = Community.”  “Art is the focus of the competition, but the main event is community.” Well, “Play Me I’m Yours” will give the community a chance to engage art and each other.  I can’t wait.


ArtPrize 2009: “salt & earth (2009)” by Young Kim

ArtPrize 2009 moves to phase two of the voting today. This afternoon they will announce the top 10 vote getters. From now to the end of the competition, the voting will be between those 10. (All 10 receive a cash award.) Over 32,000 people have registered to vote, casting over 320,000 votes in the first round.

One of the entries in the top 25 is salt & earth (2009), by Young Kim of Greensboro, North Carolina. Kim projects random pictures of people taken on the streets of Grand Rapids onto small piles of sand and clay. The result is incredible.

“Plaza Promenade” at ArtPrize 2009



John Merigian, an artist from Superior Township, Michigan, has entered Plaza Promenade in ArtPrize 2009.  Seven thirteen-foot-tall steel figures make their way through the plaza at Fifth Third Center.  Merigian has collected photos (including several of mine) in a Flickr gallery in which he describes the figures.  You can see the gallery at:

Plaza Promenade is co-sponsored by Fifth Third Bank and Warner Norcross & Judd LLP.