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Contemporary American Marine Art

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17th national Exhibition of the American Society of Marine Artists

October 14, 2017-January 21, 2018
R.J. Schaefer Building 

Contemporary American Marine Art: The 17th National Exhibition of the American Society of Marine Artists highlights the works of artists recognized as the best working in the marine art field today. The exhibition was curated by a juried competition held by the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA), and includes120 works of painting, sculpture, and scrimshaw from the nation’s leading marine artists. Selected from more than 500 paintings and sculpture submitted for consideration, the works represent a wide variety of subject matter, medium, technique, and inspired vision. The exhibition runs through  through January 21, 2018.

The exhibition is hosted every three years in museums across the United States, and debuted on September 8, 2016, at the Muscarelle Museum of Art, in conjunction with the First National Marine Art Conference in Williamsburg, VA. The exhibition then traveled to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, MD, and the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD, and continued to the Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Gainesville, GA, and the Minnesota Marine Art Museum, in Winona, MN.

Mystic Seaport is the only museum to feature works by young artists who received top prizes in a nationwide ASMA competition. The Young Maritime Artist Search seeks to identify and nurture young artists interested in maritime art. The top two entries, “Shrimp” by Hyacinth Weng of Johns Creek High School, Johns Creek, GA (Watercolor, 28” x 22”) and “Bloom” a sculpture by Darby Bowen of Goffstown High School, Goffstown, N.H. (Mixed Media 25” x 18” x 17”).

(Pictured: David Bareford, “A Spanking Breeze on a Starboard Tack,” Oil, 24″ x 40″ )