ArtPrize 2023: Grand Rapids Welcomes a New Chapter of Artistic Exploration

As Grand Rapids finds itself immersed in the vibrant and reimagined ArtPrize event, a festival that has championed the creative spirit since 2009, the city streets buzz with renewed energy and anticipation. This year, the event unfolds under a fresh banner, ArtPrize 2.0, promising to be a canvas of fresh perspectives and vibrant colors.

The Inception of ArtPrize 2.0

Last October, Rick DeVos, the founder of ArtPrize, breathed new life into the event, entrusting its evolution to a collaborative force comprising Downtown Grand Rapids Inc., the city of Grand Rapids, and Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University. This coalition is steering ArtPrize into a future rich with innovation and fresh perspectives, while honoring its established heritage.

A Bounty of Prizes to Foster Talent

ArtPrize 2023 marks the return of the substantial public vote grand prize, a hallmark of the festival, setting the stage for artists to vie for a top prize of $125,000. The event promises to be a fertile ground for talent, with additional prizes recognizing a spectrum of categories, including special visibility prizes sponsored by MillerKnoll to spotlight artists from under-represented demographics.

Showcasing a Spectrum of Artistic Brilliance

Under the guidance of the newly appointed executive director, Catlin Whitington, ArtPrize 2023 stands as a beacon of diversity and quality. Whitington assures a showcase that stands tall in terms of quality and representation, a vibrant mosaic of high-caliber talent from various corners of the globe.

A Walk Through a Living Gallery

The heart of Grand Rapids is about to transform into a living gallery, offering a rich tapestry of artistic expressions displayed across various locales, from historic sites to modern establishments. The event fosters a democratic space where every visitor has a voice in choosing the winner through a seamless online voting system, fostering a deep connection between the artists and the audience.

A Kaleidoscope of Events

ArtPrize 2023 is more than an art event; it’s a celebration of the community. The festival is going to kick off tonight (September 14) with a grand opening night at Ah-Nab-Awen Park, promising a sensory delight with a range of attractions including culinary delights from food trucks and mesmerizing art installations. The event calendar is packed with a variety of experiences, offering something for every visitor.

Navigating the Artistic Landscape with Ease

As visitors traverse the artistic landscape of ArtPrize 2023, the city ensures a smooth journey with a range of transportation options, including a free shuttle service and rentable bikes and scooters, allowing art enthusiasts to soak in the artistic vibes without any hassle.


As Grand Rapids embraces the unfolding narrative of ArtPrize 2023, it invites you to be a part of a vibrant celebration of artistic spirit and community camaraderie. With a rich array of art from across states and countries, ArtPrize 2023 welcomes you to a global artistic dialogue, a festival where every stroke of paint tells a story, and every sculpture has a soul. Join in, as the city becomes a canvas narrating tales through colors, textures, and forms, celebrating the independent creative spirit that defines Grand Rapids.

Click on the link below for a full schedule of Art Prize 2023: