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, I’d like to ask you to consider contributing something back. It’s 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.
16th ASMA National Exhibition / Inaugural Online Show
YMAS National Awards
High school students Charles Calkins (Best in Show) and James Graham (Honorable Mention) were presented with their awards from the National YMAS competition. The other winners had already returned by then to their colleges.
left to right:
Anne Brodie Hill, Mitch Freeman (art teacher at Riverside Military Academy), James Graham, Charles Calkins, Thomas Calkins (Charles's Dad)
The exhibition finally finished, but in a letter, the Art Museum of Southeast Texas reported that the 15th National broke attendance records and was one of the finest shows they ever had. That happened everywhere. Thanks to all our ASMA members who submitted works for this exhibition. View the exhibition online. It was our most ambitious show ever and a striking tribute to the best of marine art.
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 website 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 moved from the Buffalo History Museum to the Detroit Public Library
ASMA's exhibition of work celebrating the bi-centennial of the War of 1812 opened at the Buffalo (NY) History Museum in September and moved in early January to the Detroit Public Library.
Jim McConnell (left) of the Michigan State 1812 Commission, and an avid booster of all 1812 events in that state, made an opening presentation for the exhibition at the library. In spite of Jim's sense of humor, thorough knowledge of the subject and real admiration for the ASMA exhibit, the initial opening was dampened by major winter storm delays. But a small ceremony took place anyway and now the Detroit has a wonderful new lesson on the War of 1812. The 25 paintings in the show will move in March to the Connecticut River Museum, and then the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, and finally finish up at the Star Spangled Banner Flag House museum in Baltimore, closing there on Dec. 29, 2014.
Our 2013 Annual Meeting was held in San Diego, CA
We met in the best maritime environment that sunny southern California has to offer and reveled in the fine program that Bob Dykes and his crew had assembled. There were great opportunities to visit with old and new friends and other marine artists, and to learn about some of ASMA's newest developments. And when not visiting or painting, we enjoyed an awesome city and its maritime heritage. During the Saturday night dinner, Peter Maytham was shocked to be awarded the Society's rare "Iron Man" Award in recognition of the major administrative and financial contributions he has made as ASMA's Managing Director. He stepped in for his predecessor Nancy Styles, when illness overcame her in 2008.
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 website.
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 website, 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 website 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: firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail all images on a CD to: Kim Shaklee - 14599 Picadilly Road, Brighton, CO 80603.
Portfolio review for 2014 opens next March 1
The 2013 application process for Signature and Fellows Membership was completed March 30. If you're interested in upgrading your membership level, the 2014 Portfolio reviews will open on Saturday, March 1st and close on Monday, March 31st. Click here for complete instructions.
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.