ArtPrize Presents Project 1: Crossed Lines

What does it mean to belong?

From September 7-October 27, explore spectacular art installations, sculptures, public events, performances, urban interventions and community-oriented projects at Project 1: Crossed Lines. This brand new public art exhibition invites you to participate in a citywide conversation about what it means to belong.

Grand Rapids has a rich legacy of public art defining and enhancing civic space, yet still faces difficult questions about access and boundaries. We invited five world-renowned artists to consider how these lines, both visible and invisible, affect our sense of belonging.

The artists featured in Project 1: Crossed Lines are creating more than just objects. These artists make and remake spaces that are completed by community involvement and interaction. By asking artists to temporarily alter public spaces and create new ones, this exhibition explores how and for who the city is made. Project 1: Crossed Lines exists to show how art can help transform cities into places where we all belong.


Project 1 is the first in a series of temporary public art commissions in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is the next evolution of ArtPrize, the international art competition and festival recognized by The Art Newspaper as one of the most-attended public art events in the world. With ArtPrize moving to a biennial schedule, the Project series shifts the organizing principle of our fall exhibition from competition to commission every other year. In Project years, we’re able to build deep collaborations with artists and provide resources, time and community connections in a whole new way.

Learn more about the history of ArtPrize at

2019 — Project 1
2020 — ArtPrize, Sept. 16-Oct. 4
2021 — Project 2
2022 — ArtPrize, Sept. 21-Oct. 9
2023 — Project 3
2024 — ArtPrize, Sept. 17-Oct. 5


The ArtPrize organization produces open citywide contemporary art experiences that encourage critical discourse, celebrate artists, transform urban space and promote cultural understanding.


Jori Bennett, Executive Director
Kevin Buist, Artistic Director
Derek Call, Director of Operations & Production
Brian Cohen, Director of Strategic Partnerships
Arielle Creps, Business Development Coordinator
Kristian Grant, Donor Development Manager
Becca Guyette, Director of Learning & Engagement
Katherine Hagman, Volunteer & Visitor Services Manager
Katie Moore, Exhibitions Manager
Chandra Pearson, Finance and Business Manager
Paul Sapp, Operations Manager
Meg Vande Guchte, Chief Financial Advisor
Jaenell Woods, Senior Communications Manager
Katie Zychowski, Communications Coordinator

Board of Directors

Rick DeVos, Founder & Chairman: CEO, Wakestream Ventures
Sue Jandernoa: Founder, 42 North Partners
Daryn Kuipers: Director of Operations, Windquest Group
Mary Ellen Rodgers: Managing Partner, Global Shared Services, Deloitte
Joel Schellhammer: Vice President, Steelcase Inc
Marc Schwartz: Managing Partner, Royce Ventures Inc.
Scott VanderLeek: National Sales Manager, Terryberry
Mark Washington: City Manager, City of Grand Rapids
Rebecca Wierda: President, Leigh’s
Jim Zwiers: Executive Vice President, Wolverine Worldwide

Curatorial Advisory Committee

Joseph Becherer, Director of the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame
Dan Cameron, Independent Curator
Rebecca Carbin, Independent Curator and founder of I Heart Your Work Art Futures and ART + PUBLIC UnLtd
Nicole J. Caruth, Independent Curator and Writer
Alice Gray Stites, Chief Curator of 21c Museum Hotels
Larry Ossei-Mensah, Chief Curator of Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit