Americans Who Tell the Truth and the My Hero Project once again are collaborating to offer "The Shetterly Prize" to inspire and recognize socially engaged art. We at Americans Who Tell the Truth believe that artistic expression is one of the most effective means of engaging people on the serious issues of our time, of building community, teaching empathy, and opening hearts and minds to the world's complex truths.
All artists, young and old, professionals and amateurs, are encouraged to submit works that grapple with social, economic and environmental justice. In 2015, we received scores of impressive entries. After careful consideration, Robert Shetterly selected Tom Block's portrait of Sojourner Truth. Here is what he said about it:
"I think all his portraits [submitted for the prize] are admirable -- especially because they honor courageous people little known to most of the world -- but I chose his portrait of Sojourner because it not only honors a courageous person but it succeeds artistically by portraying her passion, dedication, courage and grief. That's what I'm looking for -- art that carries the emotional qualities of the subject. Tom Block has created a powerful portrait and the viewer cannot help but feel Sojourner's strength."
This is an opportunity for artists to bring their message and vision to a wider audience. Art teachers at all levels should encourage their students to participate.
The winner, selected by Robert Shetterly and a panel from the My Hero Project, will receive a cash award of $500 and be invited to the My Hero 20th Anniversary celebration in California later this fall. We hope to see you there!