ArtsinStark Awards Paul Collins Painting Commission for “The Reintegration.”

Paul Collins has been awarded the commission to create the painting “The Reintegration of Pro Football, 1946.” ArtsinStark received 116 applications from artists in 33 different states. A selection jury ranked the finalists to determine the winning entry. Mr. Collins created the 30-painting series “Other Voices- A Native American Tableau” which opened in New York and then went to Paris. Collins was commissioned by the Amway Japan Corporation to create paintings on the customs of the Japanese people. His “Voices of Israel” exhibit of 25 paintings on the history of Israel has toured all over the U.S. He was one of 23 painters commissioned by Anheuser Busch to create works celebrating African leaders, which led to him being featured in a TV commercial commemorating the original airing of “Roots.” He is the first African-American artist to paint the portrait of a sitting President of the United States. Collins designed the Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Prize Medal, and has won the Tadlow Fine Art Award, and the People’s Choice Award in Paris. Watson and Guptill Publications voted him as one of the top 20 painters in America. The ELEVEN project in Canton, OH is being sponsored by ArtsinStark and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.