Photo Gallery Friday: ArtPrize 9, Part One

Photo Gallery Friday: ArtPrize 9, Part One


Photo Gallery Friday is a regular feature on Travel the Mitten that will help showcase photos from places where a few pictures just aren’t enough to show off everything.

ArtPrize 9 officially kicked off on September 20th, with 175 venues hosting art by more than 1,300 artists. Prizes will be awarded October 8th for the best pieces in the following categories: two-dimensional, three-dimensional, installation and time-based. One winner in each category is chosen by public vote, while another is chosen by a panel of jurors. This one-of-a-kind art competition continues to bring in artistic talent from around the world, and transform downtown Grand Rapids into a hub of culture and activity for a few weeks each fall.


“A. Lincoln” by Richard Schlatter, inside the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

Despite the record-setting temperatures during the first week of ArtPrize 9, attendance has been strong and as of this writing nearly 100,000 votes have been cast. Some of the venues we would recommend visiting include the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum Grand Rapids Art Museum, UICA, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids Public Museum, The B.O.B., DeVos Place Convention Center, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, J.W. Marriott Hotel, the pedestrian bridges over the Grand River, and the Calder Plaza.

"Nautalie of the Emerald Sea" by Alan Brown, at Devos Place Convention Center

“Nautalie of the Emerald Sea” by Alan Brown, at Devos Place Convention Center

Find out more about ArtPrize 9 at, and make sure to get your votes in before the first round ends (9/30) and again after the 40 finalists are announced (voting begins 10/1). Make time to visit Grand Rapids and experience ArtPrize! Below you’ll find a quick glance from our first visit this year, stay tuned for another Photo Gallery in the next week!