American Art Awards Names The Best Gallery In Vermont: Helmholz Fine Art

Thom Bierdz
4 min readApr 3, 2023

The American Art Awards has announced its selection of the 20 Best Galleries in USA for the year 2023, with Helmholz Fine Art receiving the award for the best gallery in Vermont. The board bases decisions on years established, industry reputation, online interest, location, size, aesthetics, socially relevant exhibits, motivational and educational programs, represented artists and references, among other criteria.

AMERICAN ART AWARDS: “Each year we pick a variety of galleries in appearance and genres, and this year is no exception. In our Top 20 for 2023, we chose the largest gallery in the Southwest and the largest exhibition space in Florida and the largest in Austin, Texas. An Atlanta organization specializing in black art won in Georgia, a bold Vegas pop hotspot won in Nevada, and museums were chosen for Kentucky and South Dakota. We also selected one of New York’s only non-profit galleries, downtown Indianapolis’ premier event venue space and an enormous Kansas institution which is fulltime home to 35 artists. We decided on several galleries owned by notable painters, some women-run, and some specializing in Western impressionism, others in abstract, others in realism. Most our Top 20 represent contemporary paintings, sculpture, digital art and photography — but we do have businesses exhibiting old master works from Europe, Asia and the Americas.”

AMERICAN ART AWARDS: “Speaking several languages and an accomplished athlete, Lisa Helmholz-Adams opened Helmholz Fine Art in 2014 after a career in the NYC design industry, traveling the world, and decades of directing another Vermont gallery. Her formative years in Dakar, Senegal inspired her love of art and international cultures, as well as Global Reach; her initiative to impact humanitarian causes around the world.”

MORE ON THE GALLERY: Lisa Helmholz-Adams, Owner and Curator is known as being an innovator in the Vermont fine art industry for 28 years with a unique ability to find unbelievable talent in the art world, and establishing long-term mutually beneficial relationships between both artists and collectors. Since the gallery’s founding, her mother Romona Helmholz has served as Director.

Her formative years in West Africa helped her appreciate diverse art and international cultures, which in turn has guided her current philanthropic endeavors with organizations such as Global Reach. She curates a select variety of well known artists who are respected in their medium (some of whose work is nationally recognized in permanent art collections at various museums).

The ambiance of the gallery is primarily defined by dynamic large-scale contemporary art (sculpture, classical realism, abstract expressionism, fine art photography) as well as exuberant street art.

Helmholz Fine Art. 442 Depot Street, Manchester, Vermont.

(802) 855–1678

lisa@helmholzfineart.com

American Art Awards 20 Best Galleries & Museums for 2023 are:

BEST IN ARIZONA: Exposures International Gallery Of Fine Art

BEST IN CALIFORNIA: Sparks Gallery

BEST IN COLORADO: Mirada Fine Art

BEST IN FLORIDA: MAC Art Galleries

BEST IN GEORGIA: Black Art In America (BAIA)

BEST IN INDIANA: Gallery Forty-Two

BEST IN KANSAS: CityArts

BEST IN KENTUCKY: KMAC Museum

BEST IN LOUISIANA: Jonathan Ferrara Gallery

BEST IN MAINE: Clarke Gallery

BEST IN MONTANA: Cawdrey Gallery

BEST IN NEBRASKA: Kiechel Fine Art

BEST IN NEVADA: Elena Bulatova Fine Art

BEST IN NEW MEXICO: Thornwood Gallery

BEST IN NEW YORK: Gallery 23 NY

BEST IN SOUTH CAROLINA: Mary Martin Galleries Of Fine Art

BEST IN SOUTH DAKOTA: South Dakota Art Museum

BEST IN TEXAS: AO5 GALLERY

BEST IN VERMONT: Helmholz Fine Art

BEST IN WYOMING: Gallery Wild

American Art Awards https://www.americanartawards.com/ annually awards 20 museums and/or galleries, and with their critique later in the year, awards nearly 500 deserving contemporary artists from 60+ countries: painters, photographers, sculptors and digital artists.

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Thom Bierdz

One of Medium’s TOP ART CONTRIBUTORS, award-winning author, actor, film-maker, painter. 12 books: 6 on art. President of WAA & AAA & ACCA.