WORLD’S BEST INNOVATIVE ART BY PARK, POWELL, YAE, LEE, CLARK, MONTANARI, THORDARDOTTIR, SWIFT, LITTLE, BROSNAC, ISOKAANTA, SERSTINSKAJA & BAENSCH

Innovative works from USA, Brazil, Iceland, Australia, Finland and Lithuania claim highest scores in Category 24 of the 2018 AMERICAN ART AWARDS.

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This year the American Art Awards (www.AmericanArtAwards.com), juried by the 25 Best Galleries & Museums In America (listed below), had online art images in 50 categories submitted from artists in 59 countries: Afghanistan, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, El Salvador, England, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Great Britain, Greece, Haiti, Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, UK, Ukraine, USA, Venezuela.

The 1st Place to 6th Place winners in all 50 categories will be revealed in the news about a category a day — stretching into November, making this one of the longest winner announcements of any art competition in the world.

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At an early age, RA Powell was inspired by his uncle, a New York Commercial Artist, to explore the artistic world of creativity through art. Powell’s beginnings in art started with drawing cartoons and lettering. He further developed his talents in the field of art and attended Florida A & M University in Tallahassee, Florida, where he studied Architectural Engineering and Fine Arts. Powell’s talent as an artist were widely recognized within the business community and by individual collectors.

In 2015, Powell set out on an artistic journey to express his appreciation and admiration of the world of Hip-Hop. He donned the moniker, the Artist of Hip Hop, and over a two-year span drew more than 100 hip-hop artists in his ebony pencil “Hip-Hop Royalty Collection”. (https://www.raartpublishing.com/hip-hop-royalty-collection). With each artist, he challenged himself to create a more life-like drawing that looks as if it could speak to the viewer. Throughout this collection, he also built a strong social media presence and his artwork has been tweeted and followed by Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Universal Hip Hop Museum and several artists in the world of Hip Hop.

In 2017, his talents garnered him 3rd place in the American Art Awards competition in the category of Portrait of Someone Famous. He was also featured in an article in the Huffington Post. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/worlds-best-celebrity-portrait-artists-sky-schmitt_us_59e95035e4b04a400db8b02b?ncid=engmodushpmg00000003). His work was recently displayed at the Tubman Museum in Macon, GA. His latest collection “Colors” features bold and bright colored abstract art will be featured in his first solo art show in the summer of 2019 at the Tubman Museum.

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CATEGORY 24. INNOVATIVE

1ST PLACE-TIE HEESOO PARK USA saplus100@gmail.com “Life Choices” 10x5" Pens and graphic art software.

1ST PLACE-TIE RICHARD A. POWELL USA RAartPublishing.com rapowell@raartpublishing.com Lil Chris Crawling” 22x30" Ebony pencil drawing — floor is photo collage.

2ND PLACE-TIE ASHLEY YAE USA ayae00@gmail.com “Eco Organs” 4x7"each Acrylic and pen on paper.

2ND PLACE-TIE MELISSA LEE USA leemelissa23@gmail.com “Give Me The Ivory” 48x58" Gauze, rope, acrylic, and ink on fabric.

3RD PLACE-TIE PEGGY SUE CLARK USA Instagram @PeggySuesArt Peggyclark0502@gmail.com “Vilac” 11x23” Wood burning on basswood.

3RD PLACE-TIE HENRIQUE EDMX MONTANARI BRAZIL www.edmx.com.br “O Começo” 47x35" Collage (real family photos cut on paper)

3RD PLACE-TIE ADALBJORG THORDARDOTTIR ICELAND abba@abba.is “The Elements / Earth, Air, Water, Fire” 39x112” (4 paintings)
Oil on canvas.

3RD PLACE-TIE SALLIE-ANNE SWIFT AUSTRALIA https://sallieswiftart.com “It’s A Wash 2” 18x24” Acrylic, ink, resin on canvas and Plexiglas.

4TH PLACE-TIE THOMAS M LITTLE USA thomasmlittleart.com thomasmlittle@gmail.com “Coach” 20x32" Cardboard and mixed media.

4TH PLACE-TIE STEVE BROSNAC USA www.stevebrosnaccreativearts.com “Heart Of Gold, A Tribute To Gustov Klimt” 24x36" Oil, 24k gold leaf, silver leaf, pearl on panel.

4TH PLACE-TIE ASHLEY YAE USA ayae00@gmail.com “Watermouth” 15x34" Acrylic on wood board.

5TH PLACE-TIE TERO ISOKAANTA FINLAND www.facebook.com/Galleria.Isokaanta “Watchers” 19.7x15.7" Oil on canvas.

5TH PLACE-TIE DANGUOLE SERSTINSKAJA LITHUANIA www.petdrawings.net “Father Valery Rudzinskas Healing Stare” 20x28" Oil on paper.

5TH PLACE-TIE SALLIE-ANNE SWIFT AUSTRALIA https://sallieswiftart.com “Clear As Crystal 1” 18x24” Acrylic, ink, resin on canvas and Plexiglas.

6TH PLACE CAITLYN BAENSCH USA caitlynbaensch@gmail.com “Garden” 18x24" Collage and ink on illustration board.

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This year’s 25 Best Galleries & Museums asked to vote on art were:

BEST IN ALABAMA — ALABAMA CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER
BEST IN ARKANSAS — FORT SMITH REGIONAL ART MUSEUM
BEST IN CALIFORNIA — REVOLVER GALLERY
BEST IN COLORADO — COLORADO FINE ARTS CENTER AT COLORADO COLLEGE
BEST IN FLORIDA — LIK FINE ART MIAMI + LIK FINE ART KEY WEST
BEST IN ILLINOIS — TRICKSTER ART GALLERY
BEST IN KANSAS — BIRGER SANDZEN MEMORIAL GALLERY
BEST IN KENTUCKY — E&S GALLERY
BEST IN LOUISIANA — NEWCOMB ART MUSEUM
BEST IN MASSACHUSETTS — BOSTON SCULPTORS GALLERY
BEST IN MISSISSIPPI — THE OHR-O’KEEFE MUSEUM OF ART
BEST IN MISSOURI — UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI MUSEUM OF ART AND ARCHEOLOGY
BEST IN NEBRASKA — KIECHEL FINE ART
BEST IN NEVADA — THE METROPOLITAN GALLERY OF LAS VEGAS ART MUSEUM
BEST IN OHIO — LEE HAYDEN GALLERY
BEST IN OKLAHOMA — JOSEPH GIEREK FINE ART
BEST IN OREGON — JORDAN SCHNITZER MUSEUM of ART
BEST IN PENNSYLVANIA — JAMES A. MICHENER ART MUSEUM
BEST IN SOUTH CAROLINA — MARY MARTIN GALLERY OF FINE ART
BEST IN SOUTH DAKOTA — SOUTH DAKOTA ART MUSEUM
BEST IN TEXAS — ART ON 5TH
BEST IN UTAH — THE LEONARDO
BEST IN WASHINGTON — MARYHILL MUSEUM OF ART
BEST IN WEST VIRGINIA — WEST VIRGINIA STATE MUSEUM
BEST IN WISCONSIN — MUSEUM OF WISCONSIN ART

Enter art at www.AmericanArtAwards.com

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One of Medium’s TOP ART CONTRIBUTORs, award-winning author, actor, film-maker, painter. 10 new books (6 volumes of art). President of www.americanartawards.com

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