ArtPrize at GVSU



ArtPrize® is an open, independently organized international art competition which takes place in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It celebrates artists working in all mediums from anywhere in the world, and is open to any creative with an artwork to enter and a venue willing to host it. 

For 18 days, art is exhibited throughout the city in public parks and museums, in galleries and vacant storefronts, in bars and on bridges. ArtPrize awards $450,000 directly to artists, through grants to support their ambitious work and through prizes which the public decides through the ArtPrize website.

Since its inception in 2009, millions have participated in ArtPrize, displaying their work, opening their spaces to artists and visitors from around the world, and sparking countless conversations about what art is and why it matters.

Grand Valley State University has been active in ArtPrize since the festival's inception. Each year Grand Valley participates as an ArtPrize sponsor, venue, and programming partner. The University's participation has evolved changing in step with the competition. Read on to learn more about ArtPrize 2021 at GVSU.

GVSU has actively collected works of art for its permanent collection from past ArtPrize years. These pieces are on display across the Allendale and Grand Rapids campuses


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ArtPrize 2021

For ArtPrize 2021 GVSU is proud to host two massive sculptures; Jason Quigno's Infinity Cube, at L.V. Eberhard Center; and José Marcelino Valdez and Gerson Valdez-Cordòn's Mayan Stelae Of King K'ak' Tiliw Chan Topaat. at L. William Seidman Center.

Jason Quigno in studio

Jason Quigno with maquette of Infinity Cube at his studio Asinaabe Studios

large stone sculpture

José Marcelino Valdez and Gerson Valdez-Cordòn
Mayan Stelae Of King K'ak' Tiliw Chan Topaat
Carved Cement

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Lesson Plan & Activity

Check out this lesson plan and activity for 3-6 grade students to learn more about Jason Quigno's massive sculpture, Infinity Cube, and his subtractive carving process.

ArtPrize Tours

To celebrate ten years of ArtPrize at GVSU, we have created self-guided mobile tours on the Art at GVSU mobile application for Apple and Android devices. These tours highlight previous ArtPrize entries from the past decade that have since become part of the GVSU permanent art collection. 

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Look Back

Previous ArtPrize years at GVSU:

GVNext News

Artist Jason Quigno stands next to a maquette of his ArtPrize entry.

GVSU represented in ArtPrize through art, venues and sponsorship

The GVSU Art Gallery also set up an on-demand educational opportunity involving two pieces.

Sep 15, 2021

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GVSU Contact

For all ArtPrize inquiries, please contact:

Amanda Rainey
UX/Learning Manager

As UX/Learning Manager for the Art Gallery, Amanda:

  • Organizes programs, tours and other experiences related to Art Gallery exhibitions and collections 
  • Engages the Art Gallery’s online community through social media 
  • Coordinates Grand Valley State University’s participation as an ArtPrize© Venue