Congratulations to all Akron Art Prize participants for another great arts experience in 2015

The votes have been tallied and Frederick 'Derby' Shortridge wins the 4th annual event.

After tallying a total of 3,657 votes over 29 days, Frederick Shortridge is awarded first place in the fourth annual Akron Art Prize. This unique Downtown Akron arts experience, sponsored by The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, concluded on Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Akron Art Museum. Shortridge receives a $5,000 cash prize and the honor of having his winning artwork on display in the Akron Art Museum for one week following the finale.

Shortridge's winning submission entitled Afro Historical Family Tree is a hand-carved walking cane, symbolic of a family tree from roots to a budding child. The cane features historical African Artifacts, African and Afro-American Firsts, Kings, Queens, Warriors, Liberators, Activists and Presidents spiraling from past, present to future. 

Six artists each receiving $1,000, are first runner up Michael Marras for A Salvageable Future, 2nd runner up Brian Parsons for It all ends where it begins, 3rd runner up Tom Baldwin for The Last Black Rhino Symbiosis, 4th runner up J David Norton for Evening Sunset and a tie for 5th runner up between Bill Lynn for Demise of a Legend and April Couch for Madala Table.

This year a new Artist's Choice Award was given to the entry selected by the participating Akron Art Prize artists. The recipient of the $1,000 award is April Couch for Madala Table.  

Participating Venues:
1. 43 Furnace Art Complex (43 Furnace St.)
          Zeber-Martell Studio Side Gallery
          Artwalls at 43 Furnace
2. Palladian Palette (106 N. Main St., 2nd Floor)
3. The Nightlight (30 N. High St.) 
4. Summit Artspace Gallery (140 E. Market St.)
5. Ro3 (115 E. Market St., #202)







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