Art: Bid: $2,000; Asked: $125

John Steuart Curry, Thomas Benton, John Sloan, Reginald Marsh, Alexander Brook and many another headliner of U. S. art last week exhibited canvases in the biennial show of Washington's Corcoran Gallery—for the biggest cash prizes ($5,000 worth) any U. S. artist can hope to win. But the first prize ($2,000) went to a comparatively unknown painter named John Edward Heliker, 31. Painter Heliker's only art training had been a few months discursive study at the Art Students League in Manhattan. He had lived most of his life on his father's farm near Poughkeepsie,...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!