ArtPrize announces $200K in artist grants


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — ArtPrize, the world’s largest art competition, announced $200,000 in artist grants Tuesday.

There will be $50,000 in equity grants to help a more diverse group of artists participate in this year’s competition. Selected artists will receive $1,000 to $5,000. Applications open April 19.

Organizers say there will be $50,000 in project grants, which will allow ArtPrize venues to award $1,000 to $5,000 to artists exhibiting ambitious outdoor work. Applications open March 1.

There will be $100,000 in curatorial grants available to curators, cultural institutions and art organizations. Applications for the $3,000 to $13,000 grants are already open.

“Artists always incur large challenges doing work, especially doing outdoor work. I’ve done several outdoor pieces and I know that there’s always other costs that come in for that,” local artist Richard App, who is also the artist and retail retention and attraction specialist for the city of Grand Rapids, told News 8 Tuesday. “I’m also excited that they are going to be paying curators to do the outdoor spaces. I think as an artist, you want to be in a space where there is somebody looking to make the work that’s in one space cohesive.”

Venue registration will be open from April 1 to April 15 then artist registration from April 19 to June 10. Artists and venues will make connections between May 3 and June 23 to work out where pieces will be displayed.

The competition will run Sept. 16 to Oct. 3 in downtown Grand Rapids.

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