ArtPrize at Night: The artwork of downtown Grand Rapids can be seen in a whole new light

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GRAND RAPIDS – New and old ArtPrize artists have organized pieces of their work in hopes of engaging with the community and winning grants and awards.

The annual competition started on September 16 and will run until Sunday October 3. There are many creative works to see with over 800 works of art on display.

However, when the sun goes down, some rooms take on a whole new light.

Related: ArtPrize starts in Grand Rapids after two years of absence

ArtPrize, canceled last year due to COVID-19, eliminated public voting for the contest, which was the mechanism used to choose the grand prize winner.

ArtPrize replaced it with an interactive scavenger hunt style game, in which participants individually award cash prizes, ranging from $ 250 to $ 1,500, directly to the artists. The prize money, as well as the non-cash prizes, are digitally hidden inside QR codes, which can be scanned with a smartphone, at sites across the city.

Jennifer Dunahee “Serpentina” ArtPrize entrance located at the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids on Wednesday, September 22, 2021. (Annie Barker | MLive.com) Annie Barker | [email protected]

ArtPrize in the evening

ArtPrize 2021 kicked off September 16 and will run through October 3 in Grand Rapids. The event, canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, features 881 entries from 957 artists at 144 venues across the city. Pictured is downtown Blue Bridge. (Annie Barker | MLive.com)Annie Barker | [email protected]

ArtPrize in the evening

Mandy Cano Villalobos’ ArtPrize entrance “Portion” of the mine located near the Grand Rapids Public Museum in Grand Rapids on Wednesday, September 22, 2021. (Annie Barker | MLive.com) Annie Barker | [email protected]

ArtPrize in the evening

Don Wakefield and James Craven’s ArtPrize entry “Boutique Sculpture Garden # 1” located at the Gerald Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids on Wednesday September 22, 2021. (Annie Barker | MLive.com) Annie Barker | [email protected]

ArtPrize in the evening

Bryce Treece, 9, poses in Sam Noordhoff’s ArtPrize entry “RED GLASSES” located at the Grand Rapids Public Museum in Grand Rapids on Wednesday, September 22, 2021. (Annie Barker | MLive.com) Annie Barker | [email protected]

ArtPrize in the evening

Shane Evans’ Robot Resurrection ArtPrize entry is located at Peppinos Downtown in Grand Rapids on Wednesday, September 22, 2021. (Annie Barker | MLive.com) Annie Barker | [email protected]

ArtPrize in the evening

Tyler and Ashley Voorhees’ ArtPrize entry “The Lamp Lighter located at the Grand Rapids Public Museum in Grand Rapids on Wednesday, September 22, 2021. (Annie Barker | MLive.com) Annie Barker | [email protected]

ArtPrize in the evening

ArtPrize 2021 kicked off September 16 and will run through October 3 in Grand Rapids. The event, canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, features 881 entries from 957 artists at 144 venues across the city. Skyline photo from Wednesday, September 22, 2021 (Annie Barker | MLive.com)Annie Barker | [email protected]

Learn more about MLive:

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