GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — ArtPrize is offering up money to help artists bring in large art entries this year.
The program, called Featured Public Projects, will award grant money of $10,000 to $15,000 to four entries.
All of the pieces will be featured in the Grand River, Ah-Nab-Awen Park, Calder Plaza and the Gillette Bridge.
ArtPrize organizers said the idea is to have one really big project in one big, public location to help draw in artists and give the public the full ArtPrize experience.
Last year the project slated for the Grand River didn’t work out so the river sat empty during the competition, and some felt there were fewer pieces to see.
“There were a few other spots that could have had more or done better and I think people reacted to that. Overall there was more art last year than the year before and it was on par. But things like the B.O.B. parking lot being under construction, that’s usually a focal point for a lot of outdoor work. The landscape changes a bit, we wanted a little more consistency and steady support for artists,” said Kevin Buist with ArtPrize.
Buist hopes the pieces chosen for those four places will be the talked about, iconic pieces of ArtPrize 2016.
They’re asking artists to start applying for the grants now so the planning can begin for the large scale pieces.
ArtPrize 2016 will be held from Sept. 21 through Oct. 9.