World’s Best Innovative Artists: MACKEY, WERJANT, RIVAS, DE LEON, BYLINKA, ROGERS, KRAFT, OMBIJA, MICHAELS, ZHAO, RAHN, FITZGERALD/ 2022 AMERICAN ART AWARDS Winners

20 of USA’s Best Galleries & Museums vote in the AMERICAN ART AWARDS, arguably the most prestigious online art competition. In 2022, painters, sketchers, digital artists, photographers and sculptors from 69 countries submitted JPEGs for the 50 categories — to win gallery affiliation, career launch, high scores, great press and/or $5,000 in prizes.

Here are the winners in CATEGORY 24, INNOVATIVE

1st Place Bio: Kelly Mackey

… lives and works on an isolated farm in central west NSW Australia. A lifelong love and interest in the Arts led to the creation of Mac_Mosaics in mid-2019. Known as the mosaicking farmer with an obsession and passion for repurposing pre-loved crockery into bespoke artwork creations, Kelly is self-taught and highly skilled with an eye for detail.

With works held in private collections across Australia, Kelly’s intricate mosaics are in high demand. In 2021 Mac_Mosaics was nominated for the Prime Super Small Business awards. (Joint Exhibition at the fitters workshop Canberra.)

Media interest in Kelly’s art-making practice has seen her works showcased on the national stage. She has been featured by Kate Busz on SBS Facebook, Kia Handley on ABC TV, and Ian MacNamara, on ABC radio’s, Australia All Over. (Kelly has been chosen as a finalist in the National Capital Art Prize 2022 for her work ‘Floral Rebirth.’) https://macmosaics.com/

CONTACTS — — — — — CATEGORY 24. INNOVATIVE

1ST PLACE KELLY MACKEY AUSTRALIA https://macmosaics.com/ “Mia” 60x70cm Mosaic on marmox.

2ND PLACE — TIE NADINE WERJANT AUSTRIA https://werjant.com “SuperCycle 1010” 25x12’ mural Water based paint, polyurethane metallic paint and acrylics.

2ND PLACE — TIE RAMÓN RIVAS SPAIN http://www.rivismo.com “OrganicTransmutation” 195x195cm Mixed media-Rivismo on canvas.

2ND PLACE — TIE SUANDY ENRIQUE GUERRA DE LEON CUBA swaguerra8704@gmail.com “May 17” 36x28” Pyrography/wood carving on plywood.

3RD PLACE — TIE BEATA BYLINKA POLAND bielinka22@gmail.com “Summer ‘21” 40x46cm Crochet hook, acrylic yarn, silicone glue, foam board.

3RD PLACE — TIE BRIAN ‘BR’ ROGERS SOUTH AFRICA www.brart.co.za “Hamilton Russel Vineyard” 75x50x30cm Oil on shaped canvas.

4TH PLACE — TIE KIMBERLY KRAFT USA kimkraft15@gmail.com “Burn Away Bulging Pounds” 5x7” Paper collage, paper, glue.

4TH PLACE — TIE ERICK OMBIJA KENYA artistombija@gmail.com “Jungle Love” 24x20” Oil and fabric on canvas.

5TH PLACE — TIE TESA MICHAELS USA tesamichaels.com “Dual Wonderment” 36x72” Diptych Oil on panel with all semi precious stones.

6TH PLACE — TIE YUCHEN ZHAO CANADA 2814228162@qq.com “Cyberbully” 60x30x40cm Mixed media.

6TH PLACE — TIE ANNA RAHN USA annalrahn@gmail.com “Colorado Summer” 14x14” Pressed flowers on paper.

6TH PLACE — TIE LINDA FITZGERALD USA https://lindafitzgeraldgalleryandgifts.com/ “Sunset At The Water Hole” 30x40” Acrylic paint & mixed media sculpture on canvas.

100 ARTICLES on the 50 CATEGORIES of the 2022 AMERICAN ART AWARDS WINNING ARTISTS will be here: https://www.americanartawards.com/2022-press-on-artists/

COLLECTORS wanting to acquire these pieces or contact the artists can get direct links here: https://www.americanartawards.com/2022-winning-artists/

This is the 14th anniversary for the American Art Awards organization which selects the 20 Best Galleries and Museums each May, who decide the world’s best artists in Autumn.

American Art Awards 20 Best Galleries & Museums for 2022, in alphabetical order of state, who were asked to vote on art submissions:

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 FLORIDA — MAC Art Galleries

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.

Enter here: https://www.americanartawards.com/register-to-enter-3/

or get a gallery to rate and price your work: https://www.americanartawards.com/gallery-ratings/

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One of Medium’s TOP ART CONTRIBUTORS, award-winning author, actor, film-maker, painter. 12 books (6 volumes of art). President of American Art Awards