by ArtPrize   February 7, 2013

New for 2013, ArtPrize is partnering with The Walker to help fund an ambitious project by a Minnesota artist for a prominent ArtPrize venue. Deadline May 22, 2013.

What does an artist do with $5,000, 400,000 people, and an entire bridge? 

Submissions open: May 1st
Submissions close: May 22nd
Pitch Night with 5 Finalists:  May 30th

ArtPrize Pitch Night: Take it to the Bridge will take place at The Walker Art Center Cinema at 7:00 PM on Thursday, May 30. The event is free.

Pitch Night: Take it to the Bridge is sponsored in part by Open Systems Technologies.

How to apply

Between April 22 and May 22, Minnesota artists must submit a proposal (maximum 500 words), an artist CV, and up to five images, all by e-mail to Give us an idea of what you'd present at Pitch Night, and what you'd like to put on the bridge.

Come to a free info session The Walker with ArtPrize staff to find out more, Tuesday, April 30 at the Walker Art Center lecture room (bazinet entrance) at 7pm.

Who can apply?

ArtPrize is open to any artist, but Pitch Night is only for artists currently living in Minnesota. All ArtPrize eligibility rules apply. Artists must be 18, collaborative groups are welcome, and artists must own the work. There are more eligibility requires listed here and in the Artist Rules.

What can be put on the bridge? How crazy can it get?

Pretty crazy, but there are limits. Part of the process of selecting which five artists get to pitch their proposals will include a review by City of Grand Rapids officials to ensure there are no red flags. For more information about the bridge and what's allowed, see Gillett Bridge Information below.

What should a pitch presentation include?

If you're one of the five artists selected to present, you'll have five minutes and five slides, the details are up to you. Be entertaining and informative. Be prepared to answer questions from the judges and the audience. Above all, you'll need to convince the judges that your project is the best, and that the $5,000 grant will make is possible.

What happens if my pitch wins?

Several things. One, we'll register you as an artist on at no cost (normally registering as an artist costs $50). We'll connect you with the Gillett Bridge venue, every artist in ArtPrize must be officially connected to a venue on We'll give you the $5,000 as a lump sum. It's up to you how you use those funds to install the artwork (materials, shipping, travel, etc.). You'll then work with an installation coordinator hired by the City of Grand Rapids to work out the details of installing the work before ArtPrize begins on September 18.

Gillett Bridge Information

Gillett Bridge is an historic pedestrian bridge crossing the Grand River in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. During ArtPrize many visitors traverse the bridge due to several large venues on either side: Ah-Nab-Awen Parkand The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum on the West, and DeVos Place and Amway Grand Plaza Hotelon the East.

About ArtPrize

ArtPrize is an international art competition, open to any artist and decided by public vote. It invites artists to try out new ideas on a large and diverse population of people. It seeks to broaden the critical dialog around contemporary art by awarding the world’s largest art prize, at $560,000. Registered artists and venues match themselves at, and the public votes for the winners using mobile devices and the Web. ArtPrize 2012 included 1,517 entries from 46 countries and 41 U.S. states and territories, as well as 400,000 active participants. Since its inception, individuals of all backgrounds have cast more than 1.7 million votes for public art.