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For 19 days, art entries from all over the world cover three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan—and it’s all free and open to the public.

Jill Collier
Participating Artist - ArtPrize 7

09/23/2015 - 10/11/2015


June 22, 2015 (Grand Rapids, MI) – ArtPrize, the radically open international art competition decided by public vote and expert jury, is pleased to announce the participating artists and venues paired at the close of the Connections period, when artists and venues independently organize the city-wide exhibition. Concurrent with this announcement, ArtPrize is also pleased to announce the 25 recipients of the Artist Seed Grants presented by the Frey Foundation, as well as the Curatorial Fellows for the inaugural Fellowship for Emerging Curators program. The $500,000 competition is slated to take place from September 23–October 11, 2015 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

    A total of 1,649 artists from 48 countries and 42 U.S. states submitted 1,554 entries, a slight but notable increase over 2014, for the 7th edition of the world’s largest art competition. Additionally, the growing scope of ArtPrize is reflected in a 21% increase of international artist entries over 2014, totaling 137, with Japan taking the lead in international representation at ArtPrize Seven. In the U.S., Midwest states with the most participating artists include Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Minnesota while leading states outside the Midwest include California, New York, Florida, Colorado, and Georgia.

    Participating artists’ works, entered under one of four categories (2-D, 3-D, Time-based, and Installation), will be displayed in 162 venues located within the three-square-mile jurisdiction of downtown Grand Rapids. Artists and venues are matched in a collaborative curatorial process during an open "Connections" period hosted online at


A complete list of participating artists and venues can be found at:

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