My series to remind us that our best people aren't always rewarded with wealth, and that our wealthiest people aren't always our best.
"Made of Money: Edgar Allan Poe"
"Made of Money: Joe Louis"
"Made of Money: Hedy Lamarr"
"Made of Money: Vincent Van Gogh"
"Made of Money: Nikola Tesla"
My 2017 ArtPrize entry featuring five "Made of Money" portraits. ArtPrize is "an open, independently organized international art competition which takes place for 19 days each fall in Grand Rapids, Michigan." ArtPrize was created by billionaire Rick DeVos, who has contributed to many conservative political causes.
The New York Times covered my "Made of Money" artwork:
“Any artwork put into ArtPrize is going to be about ArtPrize, the DeVoses and Trump,” said Eric Millikin, an artist in Detroit whose entry, “Made of Money,” used a weave of actual dollar bills and digital manipulation to produce portraits of accomplished people who died poor. “I’ve always been conflicted about participating because of the DeVoses, but this year with Betsy DeVos in the federal government, it was a conflict I had to address.”
Full article here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/27/arts/design/artprize-michigan-betsy-devos-donald-trump.html
This was installed in the PO (Art)Box, curated by Sierra Cole. It also included artwork by Firth MacMillan, Barbara Lash, Denise Ardis, John Whipple, Lynn Whipple, Ed Brownlee, Jonathan D. Lopez, Howard Sheltraw and Sierra Cole.