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ArtPrize® is remarkably open and collaborative by design. Any space within the ArtPrize district that registers during the Venue Registration period and meets approval requirements is eligible to host one or more ArtPrize Artists and organize its own show. Collectively, these independently organized art shows comprise one of the world's largest art competitions, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors from all around the world.


Eligible Venues may:

  • Be any size
  • Be public or private spaces
  • Be indoors or outdoors
  • Be museums, parks, universities, retail shops, offices spaces, restaurants, cafes, non-profits, churches, residences, or any other buildings or space

Eligible Venues must:

  • Be located within the ArtPrize district
  • Be open and accessible for at least the minimum required hours and free to the public.
  • Minimum required hours
    • Monday – Thursday: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    • Friday & Saturday: Noon – 8:00 p.m.
    • Sunday: Noon – 6:00 p.m.
  • Meet federal, state, and city codes
    • If your Venue is outdoors or the exhibit can be experienced as intended from the outside, you do not need to keep your building open to the public, so long as the Artwork is accessible during the minimum open hours.


The ArtPrize district spans three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids, MI, and any space within its boundary can be an ArtPrize Venue. The ArtPrize boundary extends north to Anne Street and south to Wealthy Street, with its western border marked by Alpine Avenue NW/Straight Avenue SW and its eastern border by College Ave.

Take a look at the map below to see if your space is eligible.

View a map of the ArtPrize district

Official Rules

The following is a summary of the Official Rules for Venues:

  • Venues must pay a $150 non-refundable fee to register.
  • After registration, Venues must be approved by ArtPrize.
  • Venues must sign a Hosting Agreement with each Artist exhibiting at their Venue.
  • Venues grant ArtPrize full rights to photograph the Venue during the event.
  • Venues must be open and free to the public for the minimum required hours during the event.
    • Monday – Thursday: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    • Friday & Saturday: Noon – 8:00 p.m.
    • Sunday: Noon – 6:00 p.m.
  • ArtPrize is not responsible for any damages that could occur to the Venue during the event.
  • ArtPrize is not responsible for Artwork left in the Venue after the event.