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.
The 25 Best GALLERIES + MUSEUMS In America, 2021 — American Art AwardsAmerican Art Awards
The AAA board chooses only one gallery or museum per state per year. Among other criteria, selections are based on…
America’s Best Galleries & Museums scored almost 2,000 works in 50 categories from 64 countries.
Winners in this category are from USA, IRELAND, UK, RUSSIA, CHINA, SWEDEN, REPUBLIC OF KOREA, SOUTH AFRICA & OMAN.
BIO OF 1ST PLAE WINNER : MANU — SAND ARTIST — IRELAND: Born in Santiago de Chile, grew up in Rio de Janeiro, raised in Germany and now living in Ireland.
It is always a source of wonder why an artist creates something impermanent and cannot be preserved for posterity.
Creating large scale murals on Irish beaches means I have to work against time to complete my art in the gap I get between high and low tides. Nature — in my case the incoming and outgoing tides — provides me with a perfect blank canvas, I use the time I’m given and then nature claims it back. It’s a fair deal.
All I use on sand is a set of ordinary garden rakes. The tidal sand contains a lot of moisture underneath the surface and raking the sand brings up the wetter and therefore darker sand. It creates a contrast, and this is how I ‘draw’.
My drawings cover areas of up to 20 000 sqft and take up to 7 hours to create. I take all drone images myself and then the incoming tide erases it all.
BIO OF 1ST PLACE WINNER: Nathan Miller is a realist painter of wildlife and people. His work primarily explores the theme of coexistence.
Nathan began his professional career from the beach town of Nosara, Costa Rica, where he spent five years painting the wildlife and people of that region. In 2017 Nathan returned to his home state of Florida in hopes of taking his art to the next level.
Since then, Nathan’s work has been featured in the American Art Collector Magazine, Tampa Bay Magazine, and the Beautiful Bizarre Magazine online. Nathan is currently working on a series portraying vulnerable species often immersed in scenes with man-made artifacts of cultural significance.
In the coming months you will be able to find Nathan’s art at the Mary Martin Gallery in Charleston, South Carolina. www.nathanmiller.gallery
ARTIST CONTACTS FOR ART COLLECTORS:
Category 24. INNOVATIVE
1st Place-Tie NATHAN MILLER USA www.nathanmiller.gallery “Kingdom Of The Savannah Warrior” 24x36" Acrylic on board.
1st Place-Tie MANUEL FROLICH IRELAND https://www.facebook.com/Ballydwan “Celtic Link” 40 meters Raked sand.
2nd Place-Tie R.D. MITCHELL USA www.rdmitchellcollection.com “Still” 40x24.75” Oil on birch panel.
2nd Place-Tie KIRSTEN WHITEMAN UK www.bluecatart.co.uk “Upside-Down” 30x40cm 2D needle felt painting. Lambs wool on black linen.
3rd Place-Tie ANASTASIYA ATANGULOVA, NIKOLAY KUZNETSOV, STANISLAV BOGOSLOVSKY RUSSIA https://www.instagram.com/pyropainters “Freedom” 30x42cm Pyrotechnic painting, tungsten.
4th Place-Tie LINDA REYMORE USA reymoreL@comcast.net
“Composition 2(e) — Distance” 48x24" Acrylic, wall paint, modeling paste, cheesecloth, canvas.
4th Place-Tie HAIXUAN XU CHINA firstname.lastname@example.org
“Powerful Star” 80x80cm Cloth composite material.
4th Place-Tie TESA MICHAELS USA https://www.tesamichaels.com/ “Stealth” 36x36" Oil on panel, semi precious stones.
5th Place-Tie TESA MICHAELS USA https://www.tesamichaels.com/ “Purity” 94"x60" Acrylic on panel, semi precious stones.
5th Place-Tie LINDA STEELE USA www.facebook.com/LindaSteeleOriginals/photos “Nishikigoi” 20x28" Acrylic over fluid acrylic on wood coffee table.
6th Place-Tie ANA GAINES SWEDEN www.gaines.se email@example.com
“Hans” 117x68x46cm Tabletop with glass & mirror pieces painted with calligraphy inks, CD-ROM pieces painted with alcohol inks & acrylics, acrylics, sequins, transparent resin, chalk paint and varnish.
6th Place-Tie HYERI CHUN REPUBLIC OF KOREA firstname.lastname@example.org
“The Iron Of Hamburger” 20x30” Charcoal, acrylic and printed pictures on illustration board.
6th Place-Tie BR SOUTH AFRICA www.brart.co.za
“Valley Of Desolation” 46x56x43cm Oil on curved cotton canvas.
6th Place-Tie WINSTON HARRELL USA 24x18" Acrylic. https://chefontherun.artstation.com/ “Arizona Landscapes Magazine Cover: The Power Of Arizona Landscape”
6th Place-Tie DR.HAFSA BANU OMAN www.mygallery27.com “A Prayer- Mother Teresa” 80x60cm Nails & strings on acrylic on wood.
6th Place-Tie DON WOODARD USA www.DonWoodard.com “Swimming Hole” 17x28 Mixed media.
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