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 Category 45 are from USA, SOUTH KOREA, AUSTRALIA & GERMANY.
BIO OF 1ST PLACE WINNER: Born in Toronto, Canada, Carolyn Quan is a multiple award-winning, internationally-collected fine art photo collage artist, based in the American Southwest. She’s been featured in over 20 publications as well as on radio, television and in a documentary film. Two of her nudes are in the permanent collection of art at The Kinsey Institute. She is the recipient of 19 American Art Awards as well as numerous other awards both national and international. Her work is inspired by nature, spirituality, and humankind. https://carolynquan.com/
BIO OF 1ST PLACE WINNER: Kevin Lustik, born and raised in Joliet, Illinois, now living in New York City, is a needle artist who has been sewing for over 35 years. He started by creating quilts, then moved on to original needlepoint and cross-stitch designs. He often incorporates beads, buttons, needles, and humor into his work. Kevin has displayed his stitchery around Manhattan, including exhibits at the Leslie-Lohman Project Space, ChaShaMa, and the Garment District Alliance. https://www.facebook.com/LustikArt
ARTIST CONTACTS FOR ART COLLECTORS:
Category 45. MANIPULATED PHOTOGRAPHY — HUMAN OR ANIMAL
1st Place-Tie CAROLYN QUAN USA https://carolynquan.com/ “Utopia” 60x30" Limited edition print on aluminum.
1st Place-Tie KEVIN LUSTIK USA https://www.instagram.com/lustikart/ “Pink Triangles” 5x7" Yarn over historiacal photo.
2nd Place-Tie LEE BALAN USA www.leebalanarts.wixsite.com/mysite “Self Portrait” 15x16” Photo printed on metal.
2nd Place-Tie CAROLYN QUAN USA https://carolynquan.com/ “Angel of Light” 36x36" Limited edition print on aluminum.
3rd Place-Tie KAREN BANNON USA Karenbannon266@gmail.com
“Photographer Girl” 3x4” Manipulated photography.
3rd Place-Tie WOOTAK CHUNG SOUTH KOREA firstname.lastname@example.org
“Elder Abuse” 8x12" Adobe Illustrator.
4th Place-Tie DAVID A PETERSON USA email@example.com
“In Our Image And In Our Likeness (Creation)” 10x8” Photo.
4th Place-Tie LEE BALAN USA www.leebalanarts.wixsite.com/mysite “Magical” 12x16” Photo printed on metal.
4th Place-Tie GAVIN NORTH AUSTRALIA firstname.lastname@example.org “There Is A Light Above My Head” 30x30cm Digital print on canvas.
4th Place-Tie SERENA MOORE USA email@example.com
“Rebirth” 18x24” Photoshop.
5th Place-Tie GARRULUS GLANDARIUS GERMANY www.garrulus-glandarius.com “Die Dompteuse” 50x70 cm Combination of digital painting and photography, giclée print on archival paper.
5th Place-Tie DAVID VANCE USE http://www.davidvanceprints.com “Struggle” Manipulated photo.
6th Place ANTHONY R. WHELIHAN USA https://www.facebook.com/anthony.r.whelihan
“I Get Delirious” 17x14" Watercolor 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