Each May the American Art Awards organization selects the 25 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 25 Best Galleries scored almost 2,000 works in 50 categories from 64 countries.
Winners in this category are from USA, LITHUANIA, ITALY, UK, CROATIA, GERMANY & CHINA.
BIO FOR 1ST PLACE WINNER: Anouschka Bechtolsheim is an award-winning student and painter at the Nueva High School in San Mateo, California, U.S. Starting to paint with oils at age 12, she’s been hooked ever since. Today, her work focuses on women’s mental health, using abstractions as a vessel to explore intimate moments of emotionality.
Anouschka’s art has been recognized regionally by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and Congressional Art Competition, nationally by Celebrating Art, and internationally by the Ruth Borchard 2021 Self Portrait Prize and the Khaled Bin Sultan Science Without Borders Challenge.
Currently, her work is showcased in the Ruth Borchard Long-list Exhibition and hangs on the walls of the U.S. Capitol.
Also passionate about the intersection of art and mental health, when Anouschka’s not found with a paintbrush in hand, she’s working on Finding Yourself Through Art, a podcast and 42-page guided art journal giving individuals the resources to create art for their wellbeing that transforms the lives of teens around California. Artbyanouschka.org
ARTIST CONTACTS FOR ART COLLECTORS:
Category 12. EXPRESSIONISM — HUMAN FIGURE
1st Place ANOUSCHKA BECHTOLSHEIM USA https://artbyanouschka.com/ 16x19 “Transcendence” Oil on paper.
2nd Place-Tie ANA RADIVILOVIC LITHUANIA email@example.com
“On The Shadow Side. Vulnerability” 28x36cm Watercolor on paper.
2nd Place-Tie LUCIANO MANCUSO ITALY www.facebook.com/luciano.mancuso.376 “The Kiss Of Life” 120x100cm Acrylic On Canvas.
3rd Place-Tie JENNIE KIM USA firstname.lastname@example.org
“Walking Through History” 18x24" Pen and colored pencil.
3rd Place-Tie TOM BENNETT USA www.insatgram.com/tombennettart/ “Eremitic” 12x12” Monotype.
4th Place-Tie SERGHEI GHETIU LITHUANIA https://www.saatchiart.com/all?query=serghei%20ghetiu
“I Will Write Your Name With Rain!” 65x80cm Oil on canvas.
4th Place-Tie ELLEN KIM USA email@example.com
“Drowning Fears” 18x24" Acrylic on board.
5th Place-Tie LINDA STEELE USA www.facebook.com/LindaSteeleOriginals/photos “Arlo” 12x16" Acrylic glaze over fluid metallic acrylic on canvas.
5th Place-Tie YUNSU KWON USA firstname.lastname@example.org
“Spaghetti Dinner” 18x24" Acrylic on board.
5th Place-Tie LINZI LYNN UK/USA www.linzilynn.com “Serenity” 24x24" Acrylic on canvas.
6th Place-Tie ALFRED FREDDY KRUPA CROATIA
https://www.wikiart.org/en/alfred-freddy-krupa Ink, acrylic, pen, paper.
“Girl Masked By A Transparent Gray Gauze Costume” 61x42cm
6th Place-Tie RUDOLF M. KAPLAN GERMANY email@example.com “Cazzo!” 80x60cm Oil on canvas.
6th Place-Tie TONY JIA CHINA firstname.lastname@example.org
“Portrait Of A Woman On Fire” 50x70cm Oil on canvas.
Click below to see the relaxing hour-long movie revealing 2021’s hundreds of winning artworks:
Artworks from 59 countries won among the 50 categories: paintings, drawings, photography, digital and sculpture. (Americans won more because Americans entered more since the competition is better known here.)
Number of winners per country: Argentina 1, Australia 12, Belarus 2, Belgium 2, Brazil 3, Bulgaria 2, Canada 30, China 85, Croatia 2, Cyprus 1, Denmark 2, England 2, Finland 1, France 7, Georgia 3, Germany 18, Ghana 1, Greece 3, Hungary 2, Japan 1, India 10, Iran 1, Ireland 1, Israel 1, Italy 14, Kazakhstan 1, Kuwait 2, Latvia 6, Lithuania 27, Macedonia 5, Malaysia 2, Mexico 2, Moldova 1, Morocco 1, Netherlands 3, New Zealand 1, Nigeria 8, Norway 1, Oman 1, Pakistan 1, Philippines 5, Poland 8, Republic Of Korea 12, Romania 2, Russia 45, Serbia 1, South Africa 8, Spain 11, Sweden 3, Taiwan 7, Thailand 1, Turkey 3, Uganda 1, UK 10, Ukraine 5, USA 264, Uzbekistan 1, Zambia 1, Zimbabwe 2.
ART COLLECTORS: all winning images and corresponding contact info of all the artists will soon be uploaded to this page:
2021 Winning Artists — American Art AwardsAmerican Art Awards
America’s 25 Best Galleries & Museums were asked to score about 2,000 works from 64 countries.
This year’s 25 Best Galleries & Museums asked to vote on art were:
BEST IN ARIZONA: Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art
BEST IN CALIFORNIA: Revolver Gallery
BEST IN COLORADO: Mirada Fine Art
BEST IN FLORIDA: Art Fusion Galleries
BEST IN HAWAII: Sunshine Arts
BEST IN ILLINOIS: Trickster Cultural Center
BEST IN IOWA: Moberg Gallery
BEST IN KANSAS: Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery
BEST IN KENTUCKY: E&S Gallery
BEST IN LOUISIANA: Jonathan Ferrara Gallery
BEST IN MASSACHUSETTS: Boston Sculptors Gallery
BEST IN MISSOURI: Hilliard Gallery
BEST IN MONTANA: Dana Gallery
BEST IN NEBRASKA: Kiechel Fine Art
BEST IN NEVADA: Metropolitan Gallery Las Vegas Art Museum
BEST IN NEW JERSEY: Evalyn Dunn Gallery
BEST IN NEW YORK: LIK SOHO
BEST IN NEW MEXICO: GF Contemporary
BEST IN NORTH CAROLINA: The Arts Council of Fayetteville| Cumberland County
BEST IN SOUTH CAROLINA: Mary Martin Galleries Of Fine Art
BEST IN SOUTH DAKOTA: South Dakota Art Museum
BEST IN TENNESSEE: Stanford Fine Art
BEST IN TEXAS: Ao5
BEST IN WASHINGTON: Maryhill Museum of Art
BEST IN WEST VIRGINIA: Parkersburg Art Center