Mystic, Conn. (October 5, 2017) — Mystic Seaport will open “Contemporary American Marine Art: The 17th National Exhibition of the American Society of Marine Artists” Saturday, October 14. This juried show features the works of marine artists recognized by the Society as the best in contemporary marine art.
The exhibition includes 120 works of painting, sculpture, and scrimshaw from the nation’s leading marine artists. Selected from more than 500 pieces submitted for consideration, the works represent a wide variety of subject matter, medium, technique, and inspired vision.
“Marine art is known for its adherence to tradition. This new and exciting exhibition explores a rare variety of styles, techniques, media, and subject matter. The impressive reach of this collection celebrates contemporary marine artists and their best work,” said Steve White, president of Mystic Seaport. “We are very proud to be the final destination for this exhibition.”
The American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to recognize and promote marine art and maritime history. ASMA seeks to encourage cooperation among artists, historians, marine enthusiasts and others engaged in activities relating to marine art and maritime history. Since its founding in 1978, the society has brought together some of America’s most talented contemporary artists in the marine art field.
The exhibition is hosted every three years in museums across the United States. It 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 will feature works by young artists who received top prizes in a nationwide competition. ASMA’s Young Maritime Artist Search program seeks to identify and nurture young artists interested in maritime artists. The three entries to be displayed are: “Shrimp” by Hyacinth Weng of Johns Creek High School, Johns Creek, GA; “Bloom” a sculpture by Darby Bowen of Goffstown High School, Goffstown, NH; and “Fresh” by Su Min (Erin) Lee of Johns Creek High School, Johns Creek, GA.
“Contemporary American Marine Art” will be on display in the R.J. Schaefer Building through January 21, 2018.
About Mystic Seaport
Mystic Seaport is the nation’s leading maritime museum. Founded in 1929, the Museum is home to four National Historic Landmark vessels, including the Charles W. Morgan, America’s oldest commercial ship and the last wooden whaleship in the world. The Museum’s collection of more than two million artifacts includes more than 500 historic vessels and one of the largest collections of maritime photography in the country. The newly opened Thompson Exhibition Building provides a state-of-the-art gallery to host compelling, world-class exhibitions, beginning with the current show SeaChange. The Collections Research Center at Mystic Seaport provides scholars and researchers from around the world access to the Museum’s renowned archives. Mystic Seaport is located one mile south of Exit 90 off I-95 in Mystic, CT. Admission is $28.95 for adults ages 15 and older and $18.95 for children ages 4-14. Museum members and children three and younger are admitted free. For more information, please visit https://mysticseaport.wpengine.com/ and follow Mystic Seaport on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.