Micah and Whitney Stansell Win $100K Herradura Tequila Prize

Micah and Whitney Stansell with their winning artwork.
Micah and Whitney Stansell with their winning artwork in Miami.

Micah and Whitney Stansell were spotted walking around Miami with a giant check, literally, on the night of December 4, when they were announced as the winners of the Tequila Herradura barrel art competition, which comes with a whopping $100,000 prize.

The couple received the comical, oversized check on an evening filled with openings, parties, and events during Art Basel Miami Beach, an alcohol-fueled week filled with glitzy events sponsored by liquor companies.

Known in Atlanta for their large-scale, sometimes interactive, multimedia installations, the couple left the barrel exterior untouched, but encircled it with a marquee sign saying, “Look inside.” Through a peephole, viewers can see an old-fashioned zoetrope animation of a Western landscape. (Watch this brief video of the barrel in progress.)

Their submission was selected from an initial group of 77 that in October was whittled down to eight, with one winning entrant from each participating city receiving $10,000. The other finalists were Raul De Lara (Austin), Adam Toht (Chicago), Jocelyn Duke (Los Angeles), Kiki Valdes (Miami), Kim Holleman (New York), Max Lehman (Santa Fe), and Adam Feibelman (San Francisco).

View of Red Bull Curates booth at Scope Art Fair, Miami, with four works (far right) by Sarah Emerson and Sam Parker.
View of Red Bull Curates booth at Scope Art Fair, Miami, with four works (far right) by Sarah Emerson and Sam Parker.

The competition was also a benefit for Creative Capital, which will receive $70,000 from the tequila company to support its Professional Development Program workshops.

In related art and libation news, Atlanta’s Sarah Emerson and Sam Parker were among the winners of the (non-alcoholic) Red Bull Canvas Cooler Project. Their paintings, along with those of other winners, were on view at the Scope Art Fair in Miami.

Cheers to all!

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