ArtPrize Nine: Show Your Art in Our Taproom

ArtPrize Nine (September 20 to October 8, 2017) may be months away, but we cannot stop envisioning what beautiful work will adorn our taproom walls come fall. Which got us to thinking…. what if we asked our incredibly talented artist/imbiber community what artwork they would create for our taproom or beer garden if they had the chance? With a space as large and distinctive as our taproom and beer garden, there is endless opportunity for inspiration and creativity and we want to see it!

Sound like something you can get down with? Here’s what we’re looking for:

  • Where would you put your art? Indicate which area of our taproom or beer garden you would like to use.
  • What does it look like? Send us a drawing/composition/description of what your intended piece will look like. Feel free to incorporate the photos below.
  • How big is it? Shoot over the anticipated dimensions and weight of the piece you would like to show.
  • Show us your past work! Links to websites or photographs are ideal.

Artists who would like to be considered must submit the above by April 28, 2017 to Molly at

Keep in mind ArtPrize is a juried art competition that awards cash prizes. That being said, here are some additional benefits:

  • A spot in one of the most high traffic ArtPrize venues in Grand Rapids
  • Social media posts about you and your artwork on our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
  • The opportunity to create something completely unique and specific to our venue

ArtPrize Nine will take place from September 20 to October 8, 2017

*Artist must register (once registration opens) as an ArtPrize 9 artist to show at Founders. Rules here.
*Artist will be responsible for all costs of materials, hours worked and installation.

For an interactive map of our taproom, go here.


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2 Comments on “ArtPrize Nine: Show Your Art in Our Taproom”
  1. Rick Lundeen

    I like your guys’ beer but this is just another attempt to get artists to ply their craft for “exposure” instead of actually paying them. Other institutions have done this and social media has slammed them big time. I don’t know if you think you’re actually doing artists a favor but in reality, you’re not. None of us expect you to simply give your beer away free so you’ll get exposure. Please have the decency to respect artists in the same way. If you knew exactly what you’re doing, shame on you.

    • Founders Brewing Co.

      Hi Rick,

      Just to clarify, this is part of ArtPrize, which is a cash-awarded annual competition held in our hometown of Grand Rapids, MI.

      Venues around our entire city host artwork from artists around the world. In order to participate in the competition portion of ArtPrize, artists must show at a registered venue, which we have been for nine years.

      We are simply acting as a temporary gallery during the three-week event. Artists have the option to enter their work into the competition and retain their ownership over it, which entails the right to sell it after the event is complete.

      For more information on the competition and the requirements of artists and venues, visit the ArtPrize site.

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