5 New Orleans artists / 5 minute pitch / $5,000 prize and a guaranteed exhibition spot at a premier ArtPrize venue—the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, Michigan for Art!
ArtPrize is an open, independently organized international art competition which takes place for 19 days each fall in Grand Rapids, Michigan. More than five hundred thousand dollars in prizes are awarded each year, which include a $200,000 prize awarded entirely by public vote and another $200,000 prize awarded by a jury of art experts. This year ArtPrize Pitch Night is expanding to include events in six cities across the country, including New Orleans, awarding $5,000 and a guaranteed spot in a high-profile venue to an artist at each event.
ArtPrize is teaming up with the Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans to host Pitch Night New Orleans—a one-night event where a New Orleans-based artist will leave with a $5,000 grant to create an ambitious installation at a centrally located ArtPrize Venue during the ninth annual event this fall. Earlier this year, artists were invited to submit proposals for an installation at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA), Grand Rapids, Michigan, in the heart of the ArtPrize district. Five artists were selected from a pool of applicants to give a five-minute presentation at the Pitch Night New Orleans event, using five slides each. A panel of five expert judges and the audience will be able to ask questions of the artists following the presentations. The panel will select the winner, awarding the winning artist a $5,000 grant to realize their proposal at UICA during ArtPrize Nine, September 20-October 8, 2017.
The panel of judges
Katie Pfohl - Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, New Orleans Museum of Art
Gia Hamilton - Director, Joan Mitchell Center.
Nick Stillman - President and CEO, Arts Council New Orleans
Andrea Andersson - The Helis Foundation Chief Curator of Visual Arts, Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans
Heather Duffy - Exhibitions Curator, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art (Grand Rapids)
Any artist working in any medium from anywhere in the world can participate. Art is exhibited throughout downtown Grand Rapids—museums, bars, public parks, restaurants, theaters, hotels, bridges, laundromats, auto body shops, vacant storefronts and office spaces. Artists and venues register for the competition then find each other through an online connections process in late spring. No one at ArtPrize selects a single artist or artwork, directs an artist where to show work or directs a venue what to show. In 2016, 1,453 works created by artists from 40 states and 44 countries were exhibited in 170 venues.
ArtPrize is free and open to the public and now attracts over 500,000 visitors, making it the most attended public art event in the world in 2014 and 2015, according the The Art Newspaper’s annual “Big Ticket List.”
For more about ArtPrize please visit: http://www.artprize.org/