Four years ago the concept of ArtPrize was introduced to Grand Rapids by it’s creator Rick DeVos as what he described as a “social experiment”. His plan was to give away the largest prize in art world history based solely on public vote. That first year 1262 artists from 41 states and 14 different countries negotiated with area businesses, churches, and organizations in the downtown area to put their works on display in more than a hundred different venues. Every fall since then, ArtPrize has taken over the streets and buildings of Grand Rapids in what is described as one of the most amazing art events in the world. This year’s ArtPrize, which runs from September 18th until October 6th, promises only to be bigger and better.
Art comes in many different forms and ArtPrize 2013 takes almost all of those forms and puts them on display in a three square mile area for the public to view free of charge. While enjoying the experience you’ll get the chance to see everything from paintings, to sculptures, to music, to performance art. You may want to stop by The B.O.B to see “Le Cercle Du Temps”, a rotating interactive piece that offers participants the chance to see their head reflected on another viewer’s body. Take a short walk over to The Amway Grand Plaza to view “Myth or Logic” a three dimensional mythical creature created by thousands of pieces of bamboo suspended in air on thread. As you make your way up the Grand River you’ll encounter dozens of other works of art before stopping in at DeVos Place where artist Marco Riolo will create a monster that your imagination brings to life.
Whether you like traditional art or abstract art, paintings or sculptures, art that conforms or art that pushes the limits, with ArtPrize you are guaranteed to find something you love and almost as certain you’ll find pieces that make you question “THIS is art!?” This year’s competition gives you the chance to experience over 1500 different works of art in at 169 different venues. But one of the best things about ArtPrize is that you get to help decide who will take home the $200,000 top prize with your votes.
While you take some time to relax after experiencing ArtPrize and cast your votes for who you’d like to have win, you can be guaranteed top prize in accommodations by staying at Prairieside Suites. Each of our suites is so beautifully designed and artfully decorated, that when you climb into bed after a long day at ArtPrize, you’ll feel as if you’re virtually enjoying a masterfully created room that’s work of art. No matter what your taste in art, Prairieside Suites is assured to have a room that fits your artistic style from modern and edgy to old world classics. In order to make your ArtPrize experience into a romantic get away, make your reservation online at Prairieside Suites Luxury Bed & Breakfast today. What could be better after a long day of walking the streets of Grand Rapids than to slip into one of our incredibly large Jacuzzi tubs for two?