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36th Annual International Marine Art Exhibition

The 36th annual International Marine Art Exhibition is a comprehensive juried show that showcases recent works of more than 100 award-winning marine artists from around the world. This exhibition is a commemoration of our maritime heritage with intricately researched historical scenes and contemporary images that document man’s relationship to the sea. Represented in this show are exceptional paintings, drawings, sculpture, scrimshaw, and ship models depicting tall ships, sailing yachts, working craft, commercial vessels, warships, and scenes of the shoreline, beaches, harbors and wildlife that inhabit our seafaring world.

The exhibition runs through December 31, 2015.

Featured image: William Hoyt, Finish to Windward, Oil, 24 x 48

2015 International Marine Art Exhibition Award Winners

Rudolph J. Schaefer Maritime Heritage Award — In memory of Rudolph J. Schaefer’s devotion to preserving maritime history and making it accessible and enjoyable, the judges recognize the artists whose work best documents our maritime heritage, past or present, for generations of the future.


Stobart Foundation Award — Encouraging the importance of painting from life, the judges recognize the work that attracts their attention most by virtue of its uniqueness of style, quality of light and atmosphere.

Robert Noreika, Transition

Maritime Gallery Yachting Award — Celebrating the singular pleasures of going to sea, the judges recognize the work that best captures the beauty and excitement of the sailing in all its many forms.

Gary Gowans, Only a few Remain, MARIETTA, 1915

Marine Environmental Wildlife Award — Acknowledging the importance of preserving the fragile balance within the world’s ecosystems, the judges will recognize the work that best depicts marine mammals, fish, or birds in their native habitat.

Robert Lagasse, The Sting

Thomas M. Hoyne III Award — In memory of Thomas M. Hoyne, III’s dedication and contributions to accurate, historical representations of the great Gloucester fishing schooners, and the men who sailed them, the judges recognize the work that best documents an aspect of the marine fisheries industry of today or yesterday.

John Tayson, Dockside

The Thomas Wells Award — In memory of artist Thomas Wells’ (1916-2004) depiction and celebration of commercial tall ships and their ports of call, the judges recognize the work that best documents sail commerce and trade routes at the turn of the century.  A lifelong member of the Puget Sound Group of Northwest Painters, Wells spent his early days at sea aboard some of the last commercial sailing ships and is known for documenting his travels around Cape Horn. He participated in Mystic’s inaugural International in 1980.

Jim Griffiths, Dangerous Waters

The David Thimgan Award — In memory of artist David Thimgan’s (1955 – 2003) passion for portraying the rich and diverse maritime history of the West Coast, the judges recognize the artist whose work best portrays the geography and history of the North American West Coast and Pacific Rim regions of the world, emphasizing quality of light and atmosphere.

Robert Tandecki, Fish n’ Chips

The Museum Purchase Award — A committee of the curatorial staff of Mystic Seaport select for purchase one work appropriate to the current needs of its permanent collection. One of the largest maritime museums in the world, Mystic Seaport has an extensive collection of marine art, emphasizing commercial maritime experience of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Jonathan McPhillips, View through the Boatworks

Rudolph J. Schaefer, III Emerging Artist Award — Given in memory of Rudie Schaefer, the founder and Patron of the Maritime Gallery, and his lifelong commitment to recognizing and supporting new marine artists.

Laura Cooper

Awards of Excellence — Outstanding examples of creativity, insight, and integrity in marine art.

Donald Demers, Along a Foggy Shore
Leif Nilsson, Morning–Essex, from the Mooring Field
Patrick O’Brien, East River Piers, 1940
Kenithi Takahashi, Wake 514