World’s Best Innovative Artists / 2023 AMERICAN ART AWARDS: BYLINKA, DOYLE, OLSEN, GELMAN, TANNENBAUM, STEELE, NYARKOH, RIVAS, BATHMAWATHY, PETRAN, ANASTASIIA, MICHAELS, ALBAN & WEISS

Thom Bierdz
6 min readNov 2, 2023

Artists from 72 countries competed in the 2023 AMERICAN ART AWARDS. Twenty of the most revered galleries in the USA were sent around 2,000 online images to score in drawing, painting, sculpture, digital and photography. The 300+ winning works, 1st to 6th Place (and ties) in all 50 categories, can be seen in this series of articles.

USA’s top galleries decided winners in every medium: oil, acrylic, watercolor, charcoal, pastel, realism, impressionism, naïve, abstract, expressionism, human figure, animal, landscape, fantasy, surrealism, pop, portrait, self-portrait, political, erotic, cubism, floral, humor, spiritual, etc..

Art collectors can see all the winning images and corresponding contact info to the best contemporary artists in the world here: https://americanartawards.com/2023-winning-artists-american-art-awards/

Winners in this category are from POLAND, USA, GHANA, SPAIN, INDIA, BELARUS, RUSSIA & UK.

BIO OF 1ST PLACE WINNER: Beata Bylinka – a resident of a small town near Warsaw, Poland. A long-time employee of the Municipal Cultural Center, where she was an art instructor, a graduate of cultural studies at the University of Humanities and Economics in Łódź, a lover of colorful yarns and a crocheting enthusiast for several years.

About herself: My adventure with crochet and yarn began in the summer of 2016. Since then, I have made many crocheted mascots, dolls, fairy tale characters and colorful yarn paintings. When creating, I do not use any patterns, diagrams or tutorials. All works are personally designed and made by me. I am inspired by nature, painting and colorful photography. I use a regular crochet hook and colorful acrylic yarn.

Currently, I devote every free moment to my passion. Creative work helps me improve my crochet skills and constantly acquire new skills. It teaches patience, relaxes and gives great joy :)

Please visit my Facebook page “Szydełkowanie Beaty” https://www.facebook.com/Bielinka and instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/bielinka22/

BIO OF 1ST PLACE WINNER:

Dance Doyle is an Oakland-based artist. Born and bred there during the ’80s and ’90s, they witnessed a gritty beauty emerging from the city after the crack epidemic had torn through it. That beautiful, heavy environment has informed Dance’s work.

Dance continued to grow as an artist, and their primary focus has been telling contemporary narratives reflecting, piece by piece, examples of our human condition in these overpopulated urban environments.

Dance’s been an artist in residence at the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn, the MAD Museum in NYC, and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, NE. They’re serving as vice president of Tapestry Weavers West. They are members of the American Tapestry Alliance and the Textile Arts Council at the De Young Museum in San Francisco, CA.

Dance was a Barclay Simpson and Murphy Cadogan Award recipient. Currently, they’ve just begun a years-long Graduate Fellowship at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, CA. http://www.dancedoyle.com

ARTISTS’ CONTACTS / SEE MORE OF THE ARTISTS’ WORKS:

1st Place — Tie BEATA BYLINKA POLAND https://www.instagram.com/bielinka22/ “Starry Night Inspired By The Painting Of V. Van Gogh” 55x70cm Crochet, acrylic yarn, pinned to a lightweight foam board.

1st Place — Tie DANCE DOYLE USA http://www.dancedoyle.com “Jingletown” 85x32x.5" Woven tapestry.

2nd Place — Tie AIDEN OLSEN USA aidenolsen@sfhs.com “Koi Fish” 28x36cm Stained glass with beads and rocks on wood board.

2nd Place — Tie DIANE GELMAN USA www.dianegelman.com “First Lieutenant Fennel Reporting For Duty” 36x24x14” Acrylic on repurposed mannequin, paper, string, Styrofoam, glitter, glue transfers, resin.

3rd Place — Tie AMY TANNENBAUM USA www.amytannenbaumart.com “Cruisin” 30x40" Cut out numbers glued on black canvas.

3rd Place — Tie LINDA STEELE USA www.facebook.com/LindaSteeleOriginals “Sedona” 12x24x28” Acrylic over vintage wood accent table with base painted gloss black.

3rd Place — Tie KOO NYARKOH GHANA kwesi.nyarkoh@yahoo.com “Bob Marley Beyond Beauty” 30x30" Acrylic & fabric on canvas.

4th Place — Tie RAMÓN RIVAS SPAIN http://www.rivismo.com “Experiential Bird / Hawk-Eye In Tennis” 195x195cm Mixed media-Rivismo on canvas.

4th Place — Tie BATHMAWATHY G INDIA https://www.artistbathmawathy.com/ “The Look” 20x24" Acrylic, sand, canvas.

5th Place — Tie VLADIMIR PETRAN BELARUS https://www.facebook.com/v.petran “Whirlwind” 80x80cm Oil on canvas.

5th Place — Tie ATANGULOVA ANASTASIIA RUSSIA https://t.me/fox_from_bmstu “Soul” 30x40cm Glass and tin.

5th Place — Tie TESA MICHAELS USA https://www.tesamichaels.com/ “Emerging” 12x29" Mixed media on panel with semi precious stones.

6th Place — Tie LUAN ALBAN UK “Parakeet” 8x10” Flower petals, paper, paint. https://www.instagram.com/_petalu_/

6th Place — Tie IWONA WEISS POLAND https://www.instagram.com/unikat_we_wnetrzu/ “Green Eyes” 75x44cm Oil on board.

In 2023, AMERICAN ART AWARDS had submissions from these 72 countries: Afghanistan, Algeria, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Columbia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Switzerland, Tobago, Trinidad, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, USA, Viet Nam, Wales, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

USA’s 20 Best Galleries & Museums who were asked to score online art in 2023 were:

American Art Awards 20 Best Galleries & Museums for 2023, in alphabetical order:

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 Contemporary Art 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 TEXAS: Ao5 Gallery

BEST IN SOUTH DAKOTA: South Dakota Art Museum

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, who agree to score art and award nearly 300+ 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.