"ArtPrize is a radically open international art competition decided by public vote and expert jury that takes place each fall in Grand Rapids. For 19 days in the early fall, around 400,000 attendees descend upon three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan where anyone can find a voice in the conversation about what is art and why it matters. Art from around the world pops up in every inch of downtown in over 160 venues—museums, galleries, bars, restaurants, theaters, hotels, public parks, lobbies, buildings, walls, bridges, laundromats, and auto body shops—and it’s all free and open to the public."
ArtPrize Eight: September 21-October 9, 2016
ArtPrize seven: September 23-October 11, 2015
WMU-Grand Rapids and the Frostic School of Art present our 2015 ArtPrize exhibition with juror and curator Vicki Wright, Director of Exhibitions and Collections, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. She focused on original contemporary art creating a dialogue that challenges, informs and inspires the audience. The exhibition features 34 artists and transforms WMU’s unique downtown fifth floor into a spectacular venue. The venue exhibition includes selected WMU students, faculty, staff, alumni and national artists.
Artprize six: September 24-October 12, 2014
WMU-Grand Rapids and the Frostic School of Art have chosen artist Nayda Collazo-Llorens as the curator for our 2014 ArtPrize exhibition. The work chosen focuses on original contemporary art while creating a dialogue that challenges, informs and inspires our audience. The exhibition featured 35 registered ArtPrize projects representing 46 artists and transforms WMU’s unique downtown fifth floor into a spectacular venue.
ArtPrize five: September 18-October 6, 2013
WMU-Grand Rapids is a 2013 ArtPrize venue and the Frostic School of Art has provided an exhibition juried by artist Nayda Collazo-Llorens. the exhibition includes 32 registered ArtPrize projects representing 70 artists and transforms WMU's unique downtown fifth floor into a spectacular location full of fascinating and inspiring art.
The first floor commons area is dedicated to the memory of Paul Robbert, professor emeritus, and features his handmade paper works. During his 41 year tenure at WMU he taught papermaking, printmaking, drawing and painting. He was a founding member of the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center and the papermaking area is dedicated to him containing equipment he built himself and used in his studio at Park Trades Center.