15th National Exhibition of the American Society of Marine Artists
Dec 20, 2012 - Mar 3, 2013
With more than 120 works art, including paintings, sculpture and scrimshaw, the 15th National Exhibition of the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA) will fill the temporary exhibition galleries of The Haggin Museum through March 3, 2013.
The works on display, from depictions of ships and seascapes to marine life and coastal scenes, represent the very best from the 530+ artist members of the Society.
This 15th exhibition is “the most ambitious and comprehensive in our history,” according to ASMA President and Fellow Russ Kramer. “The vision, talent and skill on display is not to be missed by anyone with an interest in the sea and maritime art.
“What you see before you is an unbroken line connected to centuries of earlier works. While many art forms find favor and become popular, only to be eclipsed by something new, representational depictions inspired by the sea, sea life and seafaring can be found among the earliest works of human creativity, and will survive and thrive for centuries more.”
The world of marine art is not limited to a painted ship upon a painted ocean. As the exhibition demonstrates, today’s artists are as just as inspired to depict breezy seashores, stark lighthouses, rocky coasts, a still pond or the denizens that inhabit the open ocean.
The centuries-old art form of representational depictions inspired by the sea, sea life and seafaring is surely as vibrant as ever, energized anew with fresh visions and works in every medium.
The American Society of Marine Artists was founded in 1978 by a small group of the country’s leading maritime artists. They were looking for mutual support and companionship, to enhance public awareness of the genre, to explore and record the history of American marine art and to encourage the work of newcomers. The membership has always been nationwide, and the current membership of more than 500 artists is distributed across 40 states. Exhibitions are held at roughly three-year intervals in museums across the country.
Its mission is to recognize, encourage and promote marine art and maritime history; to encourage cooperation and free interchange among artists, art teachers, art students, craftsmen, publishers and others with interests related to marine art and the history of marine art; to provide a registry for artists, to hold exhibitions and to promote the study and improvement of marine art. ASMA is dedicated to fulfilling an informational and educational role. The Society is a non-profit organization under the 501(c)(3) designation of the United States Tax Code, and as such cannot engage in the sale of any member’s work.