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After a very exciting and successful first year, the new Art Rapids! event, “Experience Art Rapids!” will be returning in 2018.  Experience Art Rapids! is a 14-day art competition and exhibition held throughout the Village of Elk Rapids with local businesses and public spaces playing host to some of the region’s finest artists. 

The public will be invited to explore the many venues, experience the warmth and charm of Elk Rapids, and cast their vote for their favorite works of art.  Art Rapids will award juried prizes and a people’s choice prizes totaling $7,000.  For more information on how to become an exhibiting artist, a venue host, or an honored sponsor, please scroll down and follow the links.

A new feature of Experience Art Rapids! will be two weeks of foreign films playing at the Elk Rapids Cinema.  Click here to view the features and schedule.

View 2017 Experience Art Rapids award winners here!

View 2018 Experience Art Rapids jurors here!




Experience Art Rapids invites all artists, age 18 and over, to apply. The type of artwork accepted this year will include all mediums in 2D and 3D and must be original works of art. Artwork will be displayed in shops and businesses throughout the village of Elk Rapids which is located on the shores of beautiful Grand Traverse Bay.  Outdoor spaces will be available for sculptural works.  The public will be guided though the event with a map and signs identifying participating venues. The maps will be available at our information center as well as each venue.

This year, cash prizes totaling $7,000 will be awarded.  Winners will be selected by both a People’s Choice Ballot and a qualified panel of jurors with prize money being split equally between both categories.  

All participating artists will be invited to attend an awards party to be held on Saturday, June 23 but participation is not mandatory.

A non-refundable application fee of $35 is required which covers up to five submissions per artist.  The deadline for entry submissions will be April 15, 2018.   Artist will be notified of acceptance by May 1, 2018.

Artist Coordinator:

Rita Service  rsartrapids@gmail.com

For more details or to apply, please click on the following link.

An important focus of the Art Rapids! mission is to attract visitors to our scenic village.  In June of 2017, we proudly launched Experience Art Rapids!  In its inaugural year, the spectacular two-week exhibition let art lovers experience Elk Rapids like never before.  More than 104 regional artists exhibited 277 pieces of artwork at 33 venues throughout the Village.  Art lovers from all over the region and beyond thronged the town to view and vote on their favorites, firmly establishing Elk Rapids as a place where art lives.

Please help us bring Experience Art Rapids! back in 2018 by becoming a sponsor. All sponsors will be recognized in our promotional materials, receive an invitation to the Awards Celebration on June 23rd, and have the satisfaction of knowing they are contributing to an event that economically benefits Elk Rapids while enhancing our lives with art.  Sponsorship levels start at $125. 

View 2018 Sponsors here!

Please join us and become an Experience Art Rapids sponsor by clicking the link below!

Be a part of the EXPERIENCE!  Host a Venue!  All Elk Rapids businesses and organizations with a little extra space (window, floor, lobby, wall, courtyard, lawn…) are invited to be a venue for this exciting two-week event.

The event committee will work with venue hosts to match artists with venues so that size and context of the artwork is appropriate for the venue. Venue hosts will be expected to allow public access to the artwork during normal business hours and provide artists with access to the venue prior and post event for installation and take down. Maps will be provided to the public listing all venues, and Experience Art Rapids! signage will be provided to each venue for display during the event. The event will conclude with an awards party on June 23rd and all venue hosts will receive an invitation to join in celebrating the winners of the Juried Best of Show and People’s Choice awards.

To host a venue during Experience Art Rapids! 2018, please apply online or print the Venue Application by clicking below and mailing to:

Art Rapids!

PO Box 301

Elk Rapids, MI 49629

Venue Coordinator:

Lynn Streit   lynnstreit@gmail.com