Now in its ninth year, ArtPrize continues to grow in both size and scope, drawing more than 500,000 visitors to downtown Grand Rapids. And with hundreds of artists showcasing their work in dozens of venues throughout the city, it certainly feels larger than life during its 19-day run.
Last year, the folks behind ArtPrize decided they wanted to increase the number of larger, outdoor pieces at the festival. They launched the Featured Public Projects program, which provides grant funds to artists for those larger installations. That program has expanded this year, awarding funds to five different projects from across the country. One of those recipients is even local.