Michigan artists Debra Dieppa, Julia Potok, Sarah Schlomer and Matthew Wright are the winners of the 2018 Legacy Trust Award Collection and will have their work showcased at DeVos Place during ArtPrize, which opens today.

A record 141 artists with disabilities from around the state submitted their work to this year’s art competition. The four winners were picked by a panel of celebrity judges, who chose one of the LTAC winners; the public, who chose two; and the LTAC Advisory Committee, who presented the Lillian Perry Walker Award, an award created for the young woman who inspired the formation of LTAC in 2010.

This year’s winners are:

  • Debra Dieppa, celebrity judges’ winner for The Key to Her Blue World
  • Julia Potok, Lillian Perry Walker Award winner for Joyful Flowers
  • Sarah Schlomer, Grand Rapids Art Museum in-person voting winner for Dripping Metal Energy
  • Matthew Wright, online voting winner for The Observation Post

At this year’s private viewing, the organization announced it will expand its annual exhibition of artwork created by Michigan artists with disabilities, thanks to a generous donation from Leestma Management, LLC.

The Grand Rapids-based real estate development company is giving LTAC Arts, the nonprofit arm that powers the Legacy Trust Award Collection, free use of a suite at 401 Hall Street SW through the close of ArtPrize in October, significantly expanding viewing opportunities for this year’s Collection.

Legacy Trust Award Collection is open to all Michigan adult artist with disabilities. Artists from around the state submit pieces, including paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, collages, mixed media and other works of art.

This year’s presenting sponsor for LTAC is Legacy Trust, a Grand Rapids-based wealth management company. Additional support for the competition comes from Sabo PR, Meijer, Grand Rapids Art Museum, DeVos Place, Trivalent Group, Holland Litho, Tommy Fitzgerald and Andrews, Hooper & Pavlik.

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