ArtPrize: The Other Michigan Fall Road Trip

ArtPrize: The Other Michigan Fall Road Trip

Looking for a fall getaway or maybe just a day to explore? Look no further than Grand Rapids! Currently, in the midst of the eighth annual ArtPrize, Grand Rapids is humming with excitement as tourists and locals alike take in the latest creations and pieces.

ArtPrize Fall Road Trip - The Awesome Mitten
Invasive Species by Shiny Seed, displayed outside Barnes & Thornburg LLP. Photo Courtesy of ArtPrize.

For two and half weeks, Grand Rapids’ landscape and businesses are transformed to display art ranging from paintings to sculptures to motion pictures. This year, more than 160 venues have opened their doors to invite both West Michiganders and tourists a chance to be a part of the conversation of art. Attracting nearly 400,000 people, this free art festival engages onlookers to cast their vote for their favorite pieces using the ArtPrize app.

ArtPrize Fall Road Trip - The Awesome Mitten
Trout Bike by Andrew Rockwood, based out of Peppino’s Pizzeria & Sports Grille. Photo Courtesy of Artprize.

ArtPrize is a unique way to explore the city or even look at it from a new light, and there is truly something for everyone. Families can enjoy the festival without the hassle by following a stroller route. Music lovers can appreciate a wide range of music including the Grand Rapids Symphony, the Blue Bridge Music Festival, or Modern Music Art. Life-long learners can visit the UICA, Grand Rapids Art Museum, and Gerald R. Ford Museum free of charge, and, of course, there is no shortage of mouth-watering restaurants and local breweries for refueling.

ArtPrize Fall Road Trip - The Awesome Mitten
“Continental U.S.” by Valerie Hollstein, displayed at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. Photo Courtesy of ArtPrize.

However, there is more to ArtPrize than just aesthetics, this festival highlights the community projects, partnerships, and social causes that make Grand Rapids so unique. One example can be found at The Fed Galleries at the KCAD. The RE• exhibition incorporates social and environmental issues in partnership with Goodwill and Kendall College of Art and Design. Another example can be spotted at drinking fountains and water bottle stations, promoting the importance of sustainability and waste reduction. No matter what day or location you visit, it will be hard to miss the community impact and partnerships at work during ArtPrize.

Whether you are an ArtPrize rookie or seasoned patron, remember Grand Rapids is only a short drive away but with a world of experiences to be shared by all!

What is your favorite aspect of ArtPrize? What do you look forward to each year?