ArtPrize Nine names winners


"A. Lincoln" by Richard Schlatter of Battle Creek, the public vote winner of ArtPrize Nine. Photo by Johnny Quirin

ArtPrize Nine has named its winners and awarded $500,000 in prizes.

The top-two winners, one based on public vote and one based on a juried vote, were each given $200,000.

Richard Schlatter of Battle Creek received the public vote grand prize for “A. Lincoln,” a portrait of former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln made from pennies. The portrait is 8-feet wide by 12-feet high and contains more than 24,000 pennies.

There were 384,053 public votes cast between Sept. 20 and Oct. 5.

Seitu Jones of St. Paul, Minnesota received the juried vote grand prize for “The Heartside Community Meal,” an event that included more than 250 local residents at a 300-foot-long table in Heartside Park for a meal made with locally grown foods.

ArtPrize jurors this year included Gaëtane Verna, director of The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto, Christopher Scoates, director of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum in Detroit, and Gia Hamilton, director at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans.

Besides the grand-prize winners, ArtPrize named winners in five categories, each receiving $12,500.


Public vote: “A. Lincoln” by Richard Schlatter from Battle Creek

Juried vote: “Sofía Draws Every Day: Years 2, 3, and 4” at Cultura Collective at Rumsey Street, by Sofía Ramírez Hernández from Grand Rapids


Public vote: “Lux Maximus Fused Glass, Copper, Bronze and Metal” by Daniel Oropeza from Costa Mesa, California

Juried vote: “Flint” by Ti-Rock Moore from New Orleans


Public and juried vote: "Red Dirt Rug Monument” by Rena Detrixhe from Tulsa, Oklahoma


Public vote: “Oil+Water” by Ryan Spencer Reed from Ludington and Richard App from Grand Rapids

Juried vote: “Society of 23's Locker Dressing Room” by Jeffrey Augustine Songco from Grand Rapids

Outstanding Venue

The Fed Galleries @ KCAD, Kendall College of Art and Design

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