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Penny Art Contest

Sculptures on the Square Committee, a division of Troy Main Street, is pleased to announce a Penny Art Contest in conjunction with the upcoming visit of Abraham Lincoln. Actually the 2015 Sculpture exhibit will feature Seward Johnson’s Return Visit, a 25-foot, 40,000-pound bronze sculpture of Abraham Lincoln and a modern-day man. Troy will be home to the sculpture as it makes its worldwide debut and it will remain on display from May through October at the Miami County Courthouse.

Students who live or attend school in the Troy City School district and are currently enrolled in grades 6-12, are invited to create their own works of art using pennies as the main medium. Pennies must constitute at least 50% of each work. Other media may include anything, including images of pennies or penny-related imagery. Entries are welcome in four categories: Wall Art, Sculpture, Jewelry and Miscellaneous.  Students may submit one entry in each category, for a total of four entries, and each entry must be accompanied by an application, available on the Troy Main Street website.    

Entries will be accepted at Troy Main Street during normal business hours from June 15-19. Winners will be chosen by three judges from the Troy Art Community. First prizes of $100 and second prizes of $50 will be awarded in each category, with one overall $200 Best-of-Show award.

 All works submitted will be exhibited in downtown Troy businesses during Abe’s visit to Troy. Click on the icon below for the contest application. Deadline for entries is Friday, June 19, 2015.

Sculptures on the Square returns for 2015

Troy Main Street will install the monumental-sized Seward Johnson sculpture Return Visit in downtown Troy after the third successful Seward Johnson exhibit in 2013.  The previous exhibits in 2003, 2005, and 2013 drew thousands of visitors to Troy and had a significant impact on the local economy.  The 2015 display will deviate from past exhibits in that it will offer one significant sculpture, rather than multiple smaller sculptures.

Return Visit is a 25 foot bronze sculpture of Abraham Lincoln and a modern-day man.  This sculpture is of monumental scale and has never been exhibited outside of the artist’s retrospective exhibit in New Jersey.   Troy, Ohio will be the first city in the world to receive the sculpture for public viewing! Return Visit will be placed on display in Downtown Troy at the Miami County Courthouse for a period of six months.

The scholars of the Lincoln Fellowship requested that Seward Johnson create a commissioned life-sized sculpture for the historic Gettysburg Plaza, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Originally, the sculptor was asked to craft a portrait of Lincoln for the square. Johnson decided that he would like to enliven the connection between Lincoln and his ideas and today’s world. He accomplished this by adding the contemporary man (rumored to be Perry Como) to the composition.  In Gettysburg, Lincoln gestures up toward the window behind which he sat to write the Gettysburg address. The address is reproduced on the bronze paper held in the modern man’s hands.  In Troy, Lincoln will be gesturing toward the historic Miami County Courthouse. The sculpture was unveiled for the first time in the spring of 2014 at the J. Seward Johnson Retrospective at the Grounds for Sculpture in New Jersey.   

Troy Main Street will open the exhibition with a community party on May 3, 2015.  The exhibition will remain on display through October.  Previous exhibits have been available for shorter periods.

This exhibit is on loan from the Sculpture Foundation, Inc. and is made possible by a grant from the General Fund of the Troy Foundation. Presented by Troy Main Street in partnership with the City of Troy and the Miami County Commissioners, Sculptures on the Square is a bi-annual public art exhibit in historic downtown Troy.  For further information, call 937-339-5455 or visit

Thank you to the following businesses and organizations for their sponsorship of events presented by Troy Main Street in downtown Troy in 2014:

Patty Rose & Associates, Allstate Insurance  |  Alvetro Orthodontics  |  Unity National Bank  |  US Bank  |  Troy Ford  |  Erwin Chrsyler Dodge Jeep  |  Arbogast Buick GMC  |  Joe Johnson Chevrolet  |  F&P America  |  Koverman Staley Dickerson  |  Buckeye Insurance  |  Mauro Orthodontics  |  Upper Valley Hearing & Balance: Drs. Rudy, Lins, & Mercer  |  Miami County Visitors Bureau  |  Gordon Orthodontics  |  Subler Eyecare  |  Dr. Sims & Dr. Culp DDS  |  Troy Noon Optimists  |  Frontier Communications  |  Don Hubbard Jr. Roofing & Home Improvement  |  Minster Bank  |  The Organic Turf Company  |  Steve & Marty Baker  |  Troy Sports Center  |  Troy Tribune  |  WYSO  |  The Troy Foundation  |  The City of Troy

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Suite 231
Troy, Ohio 45373

(937) 339-5455

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Troy Main Street is a non-profit 501c3 dedicated to the economic revitalization of downtown Troy. The mission of Troy Main Street is to coordinate the efforts of all those working to make downtown Troy a vibrant place to live, work, play and invest.

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