‘Blowing Smoke’ Awarded the Allied Artists of America Gold Medal of Honor

Yesterday’s awards ceremony and reception marked the end of the 2016 Allied Artists of America 103rd Annual Exhibition. The caliber of work that graced the walls (& pedestals) was outstanding and I was honored to have my work hanging alongside so many artists whom I have long admired. Being awarded the AAA Gold Medal of Honor in an exhibit of this quality is all the more meaningful and was nothing short of overwhelming. Many thanks to awards juror, art historian and author, Carter Ratcliff and to Allied Artists of America for letting me be a part of this exhibit.  

I am so grateful to have had this unforgettable experience and to have been able to share the afternoon with so many wonderful people.

A big congratulations to all the award winners and to all the artists selected for this prestigious exhibit!


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The medal design was created by George Lober (front) & Ulric Ellerhusen (back) & presented to Allied Artists of America on December 7, 1926, according to AAA .



Nicole Moné – Blowing Smoke – Awarded the AAA Gold Medal of Honor


Gregory Mortenson – The Explorer – Awarded the AAA Silver Medal of Honor



Carmen Frank – Acrobat – Awarded the AAA Bronze Medal of Honor



Accepting the award presented by AAA President, Thomas Valenti

Some images of the exhibit:





With my painting in the Salmagundi Club parlor at the end of the exhibit.

I regret not having a good photograph of every piece in the exhibition, but here are a few more of the wonderful and skillful works exhibited:


The Butler Institute of American Art Award – Blessed Ludovico Albertoni -Yuehue He



Len G. Everett Memorial Award – Prayers for the Ghetto – Nanci France-Vaz



The Gary T. Erbe Award – Sophie – Bleeker Street – Daniel Greene



The Florence and Ernest Thorne Thompson Memorial Award – Loss – Ricky Mujica



Stephanie Deshpande – The Fall



Shana Levenson – Donna





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