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A message from the president
Our 15th National Exhibition got rave reviews during its travel around the country for the last 2 1/2 years. It traveled to Delray Beach, FL, Mobile, AL, Beaumont, TX, Corpus Christi, TX, Midland, TX, Stockton, CA, Coos Bay, OR, and finally the Minnesota Museum of Marine Art where it closed on July 28, 2013. Hopefully you had a chance to see all 122 works -- it was tremendously impressive to study that much original marine art in one collection.

If you enjoy membership in ASMA, and especially if you benefit professionally from it, Id like to ask you to consider contributing something back. Its easy to become more active, from helping organize our regional activities to sitting on one of our Committees, and your efforts could make a big difference in how we benefit others in the Society now and in the future. Contact your Area Representative and find out how you can contribute.

Russ Kramer
Mystic, CT

ASMA's 16th National Exhibition, our inaugural Online Show, will be available for viewing on this web site. next October.

Click Here for 16th National Exhibition Acceptance List

YMAS Students respond enthusiastically to ASMA's program

(left) Yvette Kim's high school AP art class shared their appreciation and enthusiasm with Anne Brodie Hill after Anne twice did a painting demo for them. Yvette is a 2013 YMAS award winning teacher.

(right) Anne Brodie Hill, Mitch Freeman (art teacher at Riverside Military Academy), high school students James Graham (Honorable Mention) and Charles Calkins (Best in Show), Thomas Calkins (Charles's Dad) pose with their National YMAS awards. The other winners had already returned to their colleges.

ASMA's online War of 1812 web video documentary
To mark the 200 year anniversary of the War of 1812, the ASMA Exhibition Committee in concert with the US Navy created a web site that combines artwork on the war contributed by ASMA members, as well as images from specific US and Canadian museums and the British National Maritime Museum. The project has evolved into a major online educational video available to the public at no charge. This 7 part story is 3 1/2 hours long and any of the parts can be viewed individually. Click here to see all or a part of the 1812 web-video project.

The "1812 - Star Spangled Nation" exhibit has moved from the Detroit Public Library to the Connecticut River Museum

ASMA's themed exhibition on the War of 1812 has moved to its third venue at the Connecticut River Museum in Essex, CT after a snowy 2 months at the Detroit Public Library. During the opening reception, Chris Dobbs, CRM Executive Director spoke with enthused visitors, including Elizabeth Cook (center) and Jane Spangler about the show's 25 paintings that are now on display. While the exhibit is there, the town will commemorate the bicentennial of the British raid on their town in 1814. The exhibit will be at the CRM until the end of June and then move to the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum on July 19. It will finally finish at Baltimore's Star Spangled Banner Flag House museum, closing there on Dec. 29, 2014.

Our 2014 Annual Meeting will be in Baltimore, MD
flag houseOn the weekend of October 16 to 19, ASMA members will gather at the Star Spangled Banner Flag House Museum (right), almost within sight of Ft. McHenry and the other historic attractions in Baltimore's Inner Harbor area to kick off our annual meeting. The weekend features the Friday night opening of our themed exhibition "1812 - Star Spangled Nation" as well as other bi-centennial celebrations marking the attack on the fort during the War of 1812.

We'll stay at the Hampton Inn and Suites, close to the harbor. The hotel has set up a special web page for early registration and if you CLICK HERE you can get an early start.

maythamOur 2013 AGM in San Diego was a great place for our 2013 Annual Meeting. Along with all the weekend's activities, a special event took place. At the Saturday night dinner, Peter Maytham (left) was awarded the Society's rare "Iron Man" Award in recognition of the major administrative and financial contributions he made as ASMA's Managing Director.

Signature Members web gallery
There is a $40 charge to set up your ASMA web gallery, plus a one time charge of $20 if you wish to include a link to your web site.

These initial fees cover image posting from now until January 30, 2015.   Thereafter, the annual fee for maintaining gallery images is $10, and an additional $10 to maintain the link to your web site., which will be due with your annual membership renewal fees.

Newly-elected Signature Members who desire to have their work included in the ASMA Signature web gallery do not need to submit images for consideration. Simply submit the appropriate fees, send request for inclusion to the name and address below, and the Fellowship Selection Committee will select three images from your recently-approved portfolio images. If you wish to update your images in your ASMA gallery, the cost to review new images is $40. All fees are payable by check to: ASMA P.O. Box 247, Smithfield, VA 23431.

Submissions for new or updated postings will be accepted between June 1 and June 30. Accepted images will be posted to the ASMA web site. by September 1st.
Please send six images for consideration. Three images will be selected. Images should be approximately 5 x 7 at 150 dpi in a .jpeg format, with your name, title, medium and size included.

Images should be emailed 2 at a time, to assure delivery to:, or mail all images on a CD to: Kim Shaklee - 14599 Picadilly Road, Brighton, CO 80603.

Portfolio review for 2014 closed March 31
The application process to become a Signature or a Fellows member closed on March 31st. If you're interested in upgrading your membership level, the 2015 Portfolio reviews will begin next March. Please check back for more information .

Making your work look better for ASMA jurors
ASMA periodically offers information about what makes artwork in general, and marine art in particular, more acceptable to ASMA jurors. It's not a list of rules, but rather a collection of suggestions on what to avoid and what to strive for when submitting your work to an ASMA jury. Click here to read a copy of that article.