ArtPrize will no longer be an annual competition.
The nonprofit announced today that it will produce a new city-wide public art project that will take place every other year, starting with Project 1 by ArtPrize in 2019.
As a result, the ArtPrize competition will be produced every other year after its 10-year celebration this year. ArtPrize will not return until 2020.
Next year, Project 1 will feature a single artist or a small group of artists that will present a public art project. Project 1 will run from September to October in parts of downtown Grand Rapids. The event will also include educational and cultural programs that are free and open to the public.
The entire cost the public art project and accompanying programs will be funded by ArtPrize, with the support of its donors and sponsors.
“Since its inception in 2009, ArtPrize has been an evolving experiment,” said Jori Bennett, executive director, ArtPrize. “Our job is to continue to push the bounds of how we engage the public in conversation about art and why it matters.
“With the incredible support of the community, we are now in an exciting position to again be the accelerant for conversation about art and creative expression.”
More details about Project 1 by ArtPrize, including selected artists, will be announced in early 2019.
“For the last decade, ArtPrize has infused the city of Grand Rapids with unparalleled energy, staging world-class exhibitions that have engaged over three-million visitors from near and far with contemporary art,” Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss said.
“This next evolution of the event will generate new ways for us all to be inspired and challenged, to come together as a community and deepen our connection.”
ArtPrize’s new schedule:
2019: Project 1
2020: ArtPrize 11
2021: Project 2
2022: ArtPrize 12
2023: Project 3