2018 XL Catlin Art Prize

Highlights from 2018 include:

  • 689 total submissions from 140 different schools

  • All entries reviewed by 30 Regional jurors and 4 Exhibition jurors

  • 40 finalists

  • 17 graduates 23 undergraduates

  • 30 paintings, 5 drawings, 1 print, 1 tapestry, 3 mixed media

  • 3 exhibitions San Francisco, Chicago, NYC

  • 4 Prize jurors selected our 2 winners

  • 1st Prize $10k

  • 1,500 catalogs printed

Jennifer Schipf, Eric Fischl,  Winner Monica Ikegwu  and Amy Sherald

Jennifer Schipf, Eric Fischl, Winner Monica Ikegwu and Amy Sherald

2018 XL Catlin Art Prize Winner

Monica Ikegwu - Maryland Institute College of Art

“The whole experience that the XL Catlin Art Prize gave me was amazing! From the traveling exhibition down to the final reception, all I could say is that it opened my work up to more people than I could ever imagine.”


2018 XL Catlin Art Second Prize Winner

Anthony White - Cornish College of the Arts

“I really do believe that the XL Catlin Art Prize was one of the greatest exposure opportunities for me and my work. This award allowed my work to be seen by many different young, dedicated and established Artists from many different regions of the US.”

2018 Finalists

2018 Prize Jurors


Nicole Eisenman

Nicole Eisenman is a painter and sculptor living and working in Brooklyn, New York. She was recently included in the decennial “Skulptur Project Münster” in Münster, Germany (2017). Recent solo exhibitions include “Dark Light” at Secession, Vienna, Austria (2017); a mid-career retrospective, “Al-Ugh-Ories” at the New Museum, New York (2016); Anton Kern Gallery (2016) and her traveling survey exhibition, “Dear Nemesis, Nicole Eisenman 1993–2013” at The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (2015), The Institute of Contemporary Art, (Philadelphia, 2014), and the Contemporary Art Museum of St. Louis (2014).

Eisenman is a 2015 MacArthur Foundation fellow and winner of the 2013 Carnegie Prize. Her work is featured in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Kunsthalle Zürich, Switzerland; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; SF MOMA, San Francisco; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, among others.


Eric Fischl

Eric Fischl is an internationally acclaimed American painter and sculptor. His artwork is represented in many distinguished museums throughout the world as well as prestigious private and corporate collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modem Art in New York City, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, St. Louis Art Museum, Louisiana Museum of Art in Denmark, Musée Beaubourg in Paris, The Paine Weber Collection, and many others. Fischl has collaborated with other artists and authors, including E.L. Doctorow, Allen Ginsberg, Jamaica Kincaid, Jerry Saltz and Frederic Tuten. His extraordinary achievements throughout his career have made him one of the most influential figurative painters of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

Eric Fischl is a Fellow at both the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Science, and a Senior Critic and Board Member at the New York Academy of Art. He lives and works in Sag Harbor, NY with his wife, the painter April Gornik.


Jennifer Schipf

Jennifer leads AXA XL’s Fine Art and Specie business and Broker Client Management for Global Lines. She oversees fine art, jewelers block and general specie insurance. She’s been dedicated to the highly specialized niche market of fine art underwriting for fifteen years. She also leads broker and client business development efforts for Global Lines insurance products. Prior to joining in 2008, she led the US Fine Art underwriting practice at QBE and held various roles in claims, settling losses and performing loss control assessments for insurance and loss adjusting firms.

Before entering the insurance industry, Jennifer held positions with the Tandem Press in Madison, Wisconsin and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history and economics from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Architecture from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is actively engaged in various arts organizations, teaches fine art underwriting courses and regularly participates in industry educational conferences. She has served as the co-chair for the Arts and Records Committee of the Inland Marine Underwriters’ Association since 2010.


Amy Sherald

Amy Sherald (American b. Columbus, GA 1973, lives Baltimore) received her MFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art (2004), BA in Painting from Clark-Atlanta University (1997), and was a Spelman College International Artist-in-Residence in Portobelo, Panama (1997). She is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painting and Sculpture Grant (2014), a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2013), and was most recently awarded a grant in painting from Anonymous Was a Woman (2017). In 2016, Sherald was the first woman to win the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition grand prize, for which her work will be added to the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery Collection. It was also announced in fall of 2017 that she would be commissioned to paint the official portrait of former first lady Michelle Obama for the NPG, to be unveiled in 2018.

Sherald’s work has been included in notable group exhibitions at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2017), the California African American Museum, Los Angeles (2017), the Speed Museum of Art, Louisville, KY (2017), and Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC (2016); and moniquemeloche, Chicago (2015). Her first major solo museum exhibition will occur in spring of 2018 at the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis. Sherald’s artist residencies include Tong Xion Art Center, Beijing, China (2008), Odd Nerdrum Private Study, Larvik, Norway (2005), Creative Art Alliance, Baltimore (2016), and most recently, the Joan Mitchell Residency, New Orleans (2017). Sherald’s work is in notable public collections, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C.; Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, N.C.; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO; Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, GA; the United States Embassy Dakar, Senegal;and the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C. Sherald is represented by Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.