World’s Best Contemporary Artists Named By USA’s 20 Best Galleries & Museums: GRANTFORD, USAI, MEYERS-LUSSIER, MACEDO, CHECHUN & HAN Take Cash Prizes / 2022 AMERICAN ART AWARDS

Thom Bierdz
4 min readSep 22, 2022


Each May the American Art Awards organization selects the 20 Best Galleries and Museums in America, then in autumn these revered art institutions vote on online art to decide the world’s best contemporary artists.

America’s 20 Best Museums & Galleries scored almost 2,000 works from 69 countries in 50 categories. Here are the 6 cash prize winners:

$ 1,000.00 CASH PRIZE BEST OF SHOW. Highest score for one submission. 1ST PLACE JAQ GRANTFORD of AUSTRALIA “Intricate Whispers” 56x102cm Oil on Canvas.

$ 1,000.00 CASH PRIZE MOST WINS for the artist who entered pieces in many categories and received the most wins. ROBERT MEYERS-LUSSIER of USA

$ 1,000.00 CASH PRIZE MASTERPIECE for the one piece winning in most categories with most cumulative votes. RAFFAELLA USAI of ITALY “Shodai Soke Adriano Busa” 50x75cm Acrylic on canvas.

$ 800.00 CASH PRIZE 2ND HIGHEST SCORE for the piece entered in one category that received the second most gallery votes. MATHEUS MACEDO of BRAZIL “Denzel Washington As Macbeth” 29.7x42cm Charcoal and graphite.

$ 700.00 CASH PRIZE 3RD HIGHEST SCORE for the piece entered in one category that received the third most gallery votes. TATIANA CHECHUN of LITHUANIA “Forget-Me-Nots” 30x40cm Oil, canvas.

$ 500.00 CASH PRIZE 4TH HIGHEST SCORE for the piece entered in one category that received the fourth most gallery votes. HAN SHUAI CHINA “Waiting Wind” 180x120cm Acrylic on linen.

ART COLLECTORS: the hundreds of winning images and corresponding contact info of all the artists are at this page:

This year’s 20 Best Galleries & Museums asked to vote on art were:

BEST IN ARIZONA — Exposures International Gallery Of Fine Art

BEST IN ARKANSAS — Fort Smith Regional Art Museum

BEST IN CALIFORNIA — Exclusive Collections Galleries

BEST IN COLORADO — Mirada Fine Art

BEST IN DELAWARE — The Delaware Contemporary


BEST IN GEORGIA — Westobou Gallery

BEST IN HAWAII — Sunshine Arts

BEST IN INDIANA — Lubeznik Center for the Arts

BEST IN LOUISIANA — Arthur Roger Gallery

BEST IN MICHIGAN — LaFontsee Galleries

BEST IN MISSOURI — Hilliard Gallery

BEST IN NEBRASKA — Kiechel Fine Art

BEST IN NEW HAMPSHIRE — Rochester Museum of Fine Arts

BEST IN NEW MEXICO — Blue Rain Gallery

BEST IN NEW YORK — Center for Exploratory & Perceptual Arts

BEST IN OREGON — Bronze Coast Gallery

BEST IN SOUTH CAROLINA — Mary Martin Galleries Of Fine Art

BEST IN SOUTH DAKOTA — South Dakota Art Museum

BEST IN WEST VIRGINIA — West Virginia State Museum

Among other criteria, gallery & museum selections are based on years established, industry reputation, online interest, location, size, socially relevant exhibits, motivational and educational programs, represented artists as well as artist, client and visitor references.

This year, AAA had submissions from 69 countries:

Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, China, Columbia, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Japan, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malawi, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Morocco, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic Of Korea, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Uganda, UK, Ukraine, USA, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe.



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.