ArtPrize 8, 2016 Sponsors

Hey, Friends! Artie the Dragon wants you to meet him, his family, and his friends. They all live in an enormous forest with many magical creatures. Some say there are mermaids that live in the waterfalls. Others have spotted fairies in the tree tops and gnomes napping in their tiny little homes. The forest is also filled with trees and flowers and vines that hang from the canopy. It even smells good! Artie and the gang were shown in their full glory at ArtPrize 8 in Grand Rapids, Michigan in September and October of 2016. They went on from there to meet up with Smaug at the Lea Gallery in Findlay, Ohio for November and December of 2016. We also spent a lot of time next door at the Mazza Museum. You can read all about Artie's needle felting adventures in the new book, Artie the Needle Felting Dragon. Order yours today!

​​Corporate Sponsors:

​Bill and Cheryl Sommers

ArtPrize 8: September 21sT through October 9th, 2016


ArtPrize® is a radically open, independently organized international art competition and a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
For 19 days, three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, become an open playing field where anyone can find a voice in the conversation about what is art and why it matters. Art from around the world pops up in every inch of downtown, and it’s all free and open to the public.
It’s unorthodox, highly disruptive, and undeniably intriguing to the art world and the public alike.


  • Public Vote Grand Prize $200,000
  • Two-Dimensional Public Vote Award $20,000
  • Three-Dimensional Public Vote Award $20,000

​​Individual Sponsors: