By Gregory & Ernest Disney-Britton
Seito Jones's "The Heartside Community Meal" wins ArtPrize Nine juried Grand Prize. Artist Statement: "The HeARTside Community Meal brings forth these food stories, uniting us in a beautiful, poetic, artful experience across the table that exposes our differences and inequities, illuminates our similarities and connections, and builds bridges of understanding between us."
The road to $500,000 in ArtPrize's came down to the final nine on Friday in Grand Rapids, Michigan, when Richard Schlatter and Seitu Jones walked away with $200,000 each as the 2017 grand prize winners. If you follow this blog each year, you already know that ArtPrize is the world’s most amazing annual public art event and that Alpha Omega Arts is there every year seeking out the works that spark religious dialogue. Both of this year's winners fit that bill. Lincoln is widely revered as America's most religious president, and there is no way to separate the idea of a community meal with The Last Supper. Religious dialogues will continue to be sparked by our grand prize winners and also by at least three of this year's category award winners Ti-Rock Moore, Rena Detrixhe, and Jeffrey Augustine Songco. See you next year!

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Grand Prize Winner | Juried: Seito Jones's "The Heartside Community Meal" (@UICA)
2-D Winner and Public Vote Grand Prize Winner: "A. Lincoln" by Richard Schlatter
3-D Winner | Juried and Alpha Omega Arts: "Flint" by Ti-Rock Moore at Fountain Street Church
Time-Based Winner | Juried & Public Votes: "Red Dirt Rug Monument" by Rena Detrixhe
Installation Winner | Juried & Alpha Omega Arts: ‘Society of 23's Locker Dressing Room’ at the city water building by the richard app gallery, by Jeffrey Augustine Songco from Grand Rapids, MI.
Best Venue | Juried Selection: The Fed Galleries @Kendal College of Art & Design