American Art Awards Names Best Galleries in Colorado, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nevada And Wyoming, Highlight Hollywood World Exclusive

The American Art Awards is the only online competition that is judged by 25 galleries. The program insists on finding the best gallery in each state so that the artists that enter their work have the exposure to the most discerning eyes in the industry. I asked the president of the award program, Thom Bierdz, about the galleries they chose.  President Thom Bierdz shares only with Highlight Hollywood.
Best Gallery In Massachusetts 2012 is DTR Modern Galleries of Boston. “DTR also has locations in New York and Palm Beach. What we love is how clean and sleek and contemporary and modern their showrooms are, and they deal daily in masters like Picasso, Chagall, Dali, Miro, Matisse, Basquiat, Lichtenstein and Warhol. They have modernized very renown works for today’s contemporary homes and businesses. You can’t beat them if you’re going for clean and classic.”
Best Gallery In Missouri 2012 is the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center in Kansas City. Bierdz explains, “Not only have they been in the business 27 years, their focus is developing artists, which is not really what DTR does. We like to expose our artists to an assortment of galleries with different priorities. And just look at Leedy’s hanging art, sculpture and gallery space. I mean, it rivals any gallery in New York or London.”
Best Gallery In Nevada 2012 is Sin City Gallery in Las Vegas. “We felt that even though the famed casinos have extraordinary galleries, their art is almost lavish just for the point of being lavish, so we decided to go against the overpowering Vegas stimuli and we chose a very alternative-feeling Sin City. It is owned by Dr. Laura Henkel, with a PhD/Doctorate of Human Sexuality and certificates in sex education from the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality. Laura’s dissertation was the artistic and academic programming for the Erotic Heritage Museum. This 24,000 square foot facility embraced her vision of sex education through the arts, in Vegas. The Museum opened in 2008 and within two years she developed the Museum to become the Best Pick for Culture by 944 Magazine and received the honor for Best Museum by the Las Vegas Review Journal. Sin City is edgy and timely and earthy and full of the life that comes in early passion. Just look at the painting which is on their homepage. It’s crazy – weird – grotesque – and oddly pleasing. I think it also makes a statement about facing monster-size Vegas. They really have astoundingly interesting artists and very fresh images.”
Best Gallery In Colorado 2012 is Mirada Fine Art in Denver. “Mirada has already been named ‘Best Art Gallery by 5280 magazine,’ ‘Best of Denver by Westword Newspaper,’ and ‘Style-Maker by Luxe Magazine.’ They represent local artists as well as painters from the other side of the world, and even though their gallery is just southwest of Denver it seems like it’s on the other side of the world because it rises, like an art sculpture, from the soil. It’s a destination. We consider thousands of galleries every year and it’s so cool to find places this original and magical.”
Best Gallery In Wyoming 2012 is Trailside Galleries in Jackson Hole. “This is an obvious choice. With a central fireplace in an oversized mountainous structure with winding wood staircase, it is the epitome of Wyoming decor; its natural design elements disappearing into the landscapes. For almost 50 years they have been a favorite to collectors, as is their other location in Scottsdale. Since American Art Awards has so many categories, we find galleries who specialize in different styles. Trailside has contemporary paintings – but also Western and Native American art, and a stunning variety of sculpture.”
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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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