ArtPrize 10 preview week: What to expect this year


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD)  — ArtPrize 10 is just one week away, and this year’s entries are already popping up throughout Grand Rapids.

Preview week started Wednesday.

“Preview week is really three things. You can catch artist installs as they happen, some shows are already installed and open hours have begun and you can see those, and there’s also a whole host of events,” explained ArtPrize 10 artistic director Kevin Buist.

One of those installations Wednesday was in the Grand River at Ah-Nab-Awen Park.

Other venues are already set for ArtPrize 10. Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park and the Grand Rapids Art Museum are holding ArtPrize exhibition sneak peeks for members this week. 

Those attending this year’s ArtPrize will also encounter something new downtown: a visitor’s pavilion.

“We’re putting all the action right in the middle of town, at Rosa Parks Circle right in front of the Grand Rapids Art Museum,” explained Buist.  

“There’s great hands-on art activities for kids and families happening down there as well as info booths and registering to vote and all kinds of stuff,” he added.  

Also new: The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts is ditching a traditional exhibition and partnering with community groups instead to create murals in various neighborhoods, from Creston to Baxter.

“(It’s) outside the normal footprint of ArtPrize, but some really amazing permanent murals (are) going in as a part of this project,” said Buist.

ArtPrize still needs volunteers. Find out how you can help on the organization’s website.

ArtPrize 10 runs Sept. 19 through Oct. 7.

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