MEDIA ALERT: April 6, 2017

Venue registration closed today for the ninth annual ArtPrize competition, slated to take place in Grand Rapids, Michigan from September 20-October 8, 2017. 182 registered venues, including 41 new spaces, seek to join the city-wide collaboration that showcases artists from all over the world, in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. See a full list of registered venues here.

Please note that this does not reflect the final number of Venues to participate in ArtPrize Nine. Each ArtPrize venue is independently organized and must connect with at least one artist during the Connections period to participate in the event this fall. The final number of 2017 venues will be announced on June 26, following the close of Connections.

All venues fall within the three-square mile ArtPrize district, save for three -- Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Gerald R. Ford International Airport, and Rumsey Street. Neighborhood residents, former members of the St. Joseph the Worker congregation, and local artists will take on the Rumsey Street venue in 2017, following a two-year residency by SiTE:LAB in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity of Kent County.

Today, SiTE:LAB announced plans for a major ArtPrize exhibition in 2018. The 100,000 square foot space at 415 Franklin -- a former high school slated to become the permanent home of Madison Square Church and a resource for the Madison / Franklin community -- will be used for major installations, exhibitions and events during ArtPrize Ten. This year for ArtPrize Nine, the SiTE:LAB team will host smaller-scale exhibitions and events, as well as community engagement and fundraising activities at this space as they ramp up to their ambitious exhibition in 2018.

Artist registration for ArtPrize Nine will take place from April 17-June 8, and artists and venues will connect online at from April 24-June 22.

New Venues for ArtPrize Nine:
20 Monroe Live
106 South Division Parking Lot
118 East Fulton Street
250 Monroe
300 Ottawa Avenue Plaza
616 Lofts on Monroe
All Nicole Bridal
Atwater Brewery in GR
Bangkok Taste Cuisine Cafe
Blue Dog Tavern
Butcher’s Union
Craft Beer Cellar
Cerasus Studio
David D. Hunting YMCA
Fairly Painless
Ferris Coffee & Nut - West Side
Fido & Stitch
Gerald R. Ford International Airport
Good Pizza Company
Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives
Grand Valley Artists, Inc.
Hendricks and Watkins
Horizon Bank
Lions & Rabbits
Manic Muse
Meijer-Royce Center for Dance
Mel Trotter Ministries
Michigan State University Grand Rapids Research Center
Moosejaw Mountaineering
New Holland Brewing Co. The Knickerbocker
One Bourbon
Pearl Street Bridge Tunnel
Rumsey Street
Satellite Collective
St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
Studio Us
The Light Gallery + Studio
United States Postal Service
Venue Tower Apartments


Jaenell Woods, ArtPrize Communications Manager | 616.214.7921

Artist Registration: April 17-June 8
Connections: April 27-June 22
ArtPrize Nine Preview Week: September 13-19
ArtPrize Nine: September 20-October 8

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