From late September to early October, Grand Rapids hosts the world’s largest art competition known as ArtPrize. The free event features artists from all over the world, showcasing a wide variety of art, writing and music at dozens of indoor and outdoor venues throughout the city. Each year attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators, flooding the city to see inspiring, bizarre, quirky, interactive, and beautiful pieces. All sorts of mediums are used and range from tiny to as large as buildings.
Throughout the competition, visitors are encouraged to place their votes for their favorite pieces and the top 10 pieces are awarded a total of more than $500,000. It’s a big deal and its popularity continues without fail. Each year I do my best to take a day, walk around a section of the city (you can’t do it all in one day, it’s too expansive), and see as many pieces as I can.
The photos throughout this post are some of what we saw!
The next piece, called “Seasons,” was located at the Amway Grand Hotel and also is in the Top 20. I really liked this one! This is an example of some of the quirky pieces you can see when you attend ArtPrize.
Unfortunately, we didn’t get to see a lot because of the miserable weather and other complications, but I’m glad I got to see a bit of it. And no matter what, I love going to Grand Rapids, my favorite city in Michigan.
I really loved the piece in the photo above. A peacock made of metal — and some of it recognizable! Look closer and you will see spoons, spatulas, and knives a midst the other shapes of steel. Metal pieces are very popular during ArtPrize.
For those close enough to Michigan, or for those visiting the state during this time next year, be sure to check out ArtPrize! It’s not only a really great event, it might be the best way to see what Grand Rapids is all about, visit local shops and restaurants, and appreciate the city’s vibrant atmosphere.