In the early Autumn, Grand Rapids undergoes the annual art competition of ArtPrize. Since it’s foundation in 2009, the competition has grown into the largest competition between artists around the globe. I have come to find something new in Grand Rapids every year I get downtown to explore the submissions. After exploring, the citizens of Grand Rapids have the opportunity to vote on their favorite pieces thus deciding the winner. Here is a sum of my 2014 exploration of ArtPrize.
After I ended my classes on Thursday, I had to stop by my favorite cafe downtown which is MadCap. With the temperatures quickly dropping Michigan, I needed something warm for my walk.
After sipping on my coffee, I made my way down to the Grand River where I found a piece that I was completely enamored with without even analyzing what the artist was going for in this piece.
After crossing the Grand, I made my way weaving between the two museums across the river. The best part of ArtPrize as an artist is being able to appreciate other mediums that are not your specialty.
Now is the time.
This was probably one of my favorite pieces throughout the competition. I think the beauty of the competition is that all of these marvelous pieces dress the city for the course of the three week competition.
Yes, art is the primary focus of ArtPrize, but lets not forget about all of the food venues that pop up around the city throughout the competition! I was so pleased to find Electric Cadillac’s food truck outside The B.O.B. They make awesome sandwiches.
After a long afternoon of walking and exploring. I finished my searching at the UICA, my favorite art venue in Grand Rapids. It’s contemporary installations are the best part. Even a whole graphic animated show on the third floor which was amazing!
There is a lot that I have to be proud about being born and raised in Grand Rapids, but of course this takes the cake. I am glad to have a competition revolved around the field of my greatest interest that I can find something new each time I venture down to explore the city. I encourage everyone to take the time and find something new in their hometown and be proud of your roots. Have a good one! xo