(ST MICHAELS, MD – September 6, 2016)
American Society of Marine Artists exhibition opens December 10 at CBMM, Academy Art Museum.
The 17th National Exhibition of the American Society of Marine Artists is coming to Maryland’s Eastern Shore, with the exhibition jointly hosted at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels and the Academy Art Museum in Easton. The exhibition opens to the public at both venues on December 10, 2016, and continues through March 31, 2017, with private donor preview receptions scheduled for December 8 at CBMM and December 9 at AAM.
Contemporary American Marine Art highlights the works of marine artists recognized as the best in contemporary marine art by ASMA’s juried competition, and includes more than 120 works of painting, sculpture, and scrimshaw from the nation’s leading marine artists, including Susie Anderson, Sheri Farabaugh, and Russ Kramer. The works were juried from more than 500 paintings and sculpture submitted for consideration, and represent a wide variety of subject matter, medium, technique, and inspired vision.
The National is hosted every three years by museums across the U.S., and this year debuts at the Muscarelle Museum of Art, in conjunction with the First National Marine Art Conference, opening September 8 in Williamsburg, Va.
“As President of the American Society of Marine Artists, it is an honor to share the diversity this organization represents,” commented ASMA President Kim Shaklee. “There are artists from all walks of life; each with a distinctive, special story to share. Through the mysteries of art, we are joined.”
With every National Exhibition comes a dedicated, collaborative effort from the Society’s Fellows who judiciously select the ‘best of the best’ for our prestigious traveling collection of works. It is with great pride and enthusiasm that we welcome the public to delve into the mystique of the various mediums in hopes of igniting a spark for the intricacies and nuances lying within the art included in the 17th ASMA National.”
“We are honored to bring the nation’s best contemporary marine art to CBMM for our members and guests to view and enjoy,” said CBMM Chief Curator Pete Lesher. “We identify closely with the mission of ASMA as we both have the goal to preserve, encourage, and highlight maritime practices.”
“For years, Pete Lesher and I—as curators in neighboring museums—have worked toward collaborating on a bi-venue exhibition that involves both art and a maritime theme,” commented Academy Art Museum Senior Curator Anke Van Wagenberg. “The ASMA exhibition is a natural opportunity for us to work together on a theme that is so dear to our wider community. We are so proud to have this exhibition at the Academy Art Museum.”
Founded in 1958, the Academy Art Museum’s expanding collection, exhibitions, and broad spectrum of arts programs is made available to everyone, with a mission to provide the knowledge, practice, and appreciation of the arts needed to enhance cultural life on the Eastern Shore.
ASMA is a non-profit educational organization whose purpose is to recognize and promote marine art and maritime history, and to encourage cooperation among artists, historians, academics, enthusiasts and others engaged in activities relating to marine art.