Tue. Mar 31st, 2020

American Art Awards, Biggest Art Competition, Names Imossi, McCartin, Goodhall Top Winners, Highlight Hollywood News

Highlight Hollywood once again has the exclusive rights to reveal the results of the 50 categories of winning artists in the American Art Awards, decided by the 25 Best Galleries In The Nation. In a series of articles expanding into October, we will reveal, in daily features, the 1st to 6th Place winning images with artists info, one category at a time. Please check in daily for brilliant paintings, photography, digital images and sculpture in genres from portrait to floral to impressionism, realism, landscape, innovative, cubism, self-portrait, etc. This year the online contest had submissions from 35 countries including Aruba,Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Croatia, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain,South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Thailand, UK, United Arab Emirates and USA.I interviewed president of  www.AmericanArtAwards.com, Thom Bierdz (soap opera actor and painter of the BLUE X paintings) and asked which artists this year won the top three awards with cash prizes.




2015 AMERICAN ART AWARDS WINNER OF “BEST IN SHOW” (the art piece receiving most points in one category):  “Reclining Nude”  18 x 24″  Charcoal on white paper by Melissa Imossi of USA.




Melissa Imossi, born on Long island, NY, acquired a passion for the natural world and the desire to capture the essence of that beauty through art. Known for her close-up studies of nature, she examines the graphic quality of a single subject, emphasizing symmetry, repetition and rhythm.  By focusing on the flow of light on these forms, she directs the viewers into the painting itself.    After taking classes at the Art Students League in NYC, Melissa realized that she wanted to focus on art full-time and traveled to Florence, Italy where she studied Old Master techniques at the prestigious Angel Academy.  In 2005, after only 2 years at the Academy, Melissa won “First Place” in The Artist Magazine’s student competition.  In 2006, she was a “Finalist” in the Artist Magazine Annual Competition, competing against 10,000 entries.  She continued to hone her skills and develop her style at two other studios in Florence before returning to the Northeast.


While back in the States in 2010, she won an “Award of Merit” from Joan Young, curator of the Guggenheim Museum.  Most recently, she won a “Williams Prize for Drawing Award” and a “Bob Kadio Award” at the “Academic Artists Association 64th Annual National Exhibit”.  Melissa continues to have successful exhibitions along the Northeast and she also works on commission for clients.  Melissa recently moved to Madison, CT, with her artist husband, Iacopo Pasquinelli, and their daughter Bianca.


SEE MORE OF IMOSSI’S WORK HERE:  http://www.melissaimossi.com





2015 AMERICAN ART AWARDS WINNER OF “STONEY AWARD” (sponsored by Dr. Don Detsch, fighter of equal rights at Stonewall, to the artist receiving the most wins):  12 wins in 8 categories by John McCartin of Australia.



Commencing full time painting in 2002, John has recently been catapulted from relative obscurity to international acclaim as one of the world’s finest artists.

In 2014 he received over 25 MAJOR INTERNATIONAL ART AWARDS and is acknowledged as a master artist by many of the world’s leading artists and galleries. That number of awards has increased to over 40.

John was recently invited to exhibit with Settlers West Gallery and Trailside Galleries, two leading galleries in the United States and was hand-picked from those considered the best fine artists working in the world today to become an exhibiting member of MASTER PAINTERS OF THE WORLD.

John is able to work effectively in most mediums to capture a very diverse range of subjects of adept painter in landscapes, seascapes, floral/still life, human figure/portraits and animals. Visually striking and convincing representations of the real thing, his works have great beauty and intense realism, designed to stir the heart and lift the soul. His masterful use of colour and tone create a powerful illusion of space, light and atmosphere. These qualities combined with John’s keen powers of observation and passionate response to an inexhaustible array of subjects, sets him apart from other artists. His works can be found in private and corporate collections worldwide and in the following galleries: • John McCartin Fine Art Gallery: Hahndorf, South Australia • Morpeth Gallery: Hunter Valley, NSW • Trailside Galleries: Jackson, Wyoming and Scottsdale, Arizona • Settlers West Gallery: Tucson, Arizona • Gallery France: Beynac et Cazenac, Dordogne, France • New Masters Gallery: Carmel, California. USA. SEE MORE OF MCCARTIN’S WORK HERE:  www.johnmccartin-artist.com



2O15 AMERICAN ART AWARDS WINNER OF “MASTERPIECE” (the art piece entered in numerous categories receiving most overall points):  “Liberty”   48 x 48″   Oil on linen by Peter Goodhall of the UK.




“For 25 years I had the benefit of a studio looking over the sea and that was a location that provided an idyllic setting for a marine artist. Inspiration to paint was never in short supply.


I have also always been fascinated by water and my oil paintings of water and nudes in water concentrate on the sensual forms and patterns, trying to capture the shimmering movements before they disappear. In portraying water and featuring the female nude I am attempting to reproduce the ephemeral rhythms, movements, distortions and reflections that are fleetingly observed. This theme was first explored in the 1970s and has recently been returned to.


I consider myself to be a representational and traditional painter preferring to work in oils on linen canvas and often on a large scale. Working from exclusively from my own photography I can select and compose images that emphasize both movement and the effects and play of light.”


SEE MORE OF GOODHALL’S WORK HERE: www.petergoodhall.co.uk







BEST IN ARIZONA — Exposures International Gallery Of Fine Art


“Sedona’s largest gallery… Arizona’s largest gallery… largest gallery in the Southwest! …20,000 square feet of extraordinary display. 18 years…”


SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/exposures-international-gallery-of-fine-art-named-best-gallery-in-arizona-for-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/



BEST IN ILLINOIS — Hilligoss Gallery


“…has been Chicago’s Premier Art Gallery offering every kind of painting, from Renoirs to emerging local impressionists…two-story 8,500 square foot gallery is a beautiful and surreal timeless world unto itself, with a large staff and millions in annual revenue…”


SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/hilligoss-gallery-named-best-gallery-in-illinois-for-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/



BEST IN NEBRASKA — Kiechel Fine Art


“For almost thirty years… specialized in 20th Century American Art with a focus on artists from the Midwest… three story building and exterior spaces…”


SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/kiechel-fine-art-named-best-gallery-in-nebraska-for-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/





“Lik is the most successful photographer in the world… 15 GALLERIES, TV show… sold upwards of $500 million to collectors, royalty, presidents and celebrities… his B&W photo titled “Phantom” sold for $6,500,000.00… Lik’s works make up four of the top 20 most expensive photographs ever sold…”


SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/lik-soho-named-best-gallery-in-new-york-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/



BEST IN CALIFORNIA — Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery


“…20 years… three locations… excel in fine art acquisitions, consulting, custom framing, art installation, corporate collections and award design…”


SEE FULL STORY HERE:  http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/contemporary-fine-arts-gallery-named-best-gallery-in-california-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/



BEST IN NEVADA — Exclusive Collections Gallery


“Collectors range from A-list celebrities to U.S. presidents… does an astronomical amount of business… is continually expanding, with four other stunning locations – Beverly Hills, San Diego and Laguna Beach.”


SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/exclusive-collections-gallery-named-best-gallery-in-nevada-2015-highlight-hollywood-news/



BEST IN CONNECTICUT — Westport River Gallery


“… expertise in fine European, American & Asian fine art… web site reads like a library… on highly collectible international artists’ works… preeminent dealers of Pissarro – and not only Camille Pissarro,… but also H. Claude Pissarro, Paulemile Pissarro and Lelia Pissarro.”


SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/westport-river-gallery-named-best-gallery-in-connecticut-for-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/



BEST IN TENNESSEE — Stanford Fine Art


“…the premier purveyor of historical, Impressionistic and regional art in the Southeast. For over 25 years… Nashville’s premier art gallery… works… from the 19th century to the present… exemplary aesthetic standards, museum quality…”


SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/stanford-fine-art-named-best-gallery-in-tennessee-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/





“…one of Oregon Coast’s premiere fine art galleries for more than 20 years. They even provide education in sculpture and the process of bronze casting…”


SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/bronze-coast-gallery-named-best-gallery-in-oregon-for-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/



BEST IN FLORIDA — Art Fusion Galleries


“Established in 2001… represents over 900… known as the preeminent gallery in Miami for integrating the best of Emerging to Mid-Career Contemporary artists… 8,000 square feet… in the heart of Miami’s Wynwood Art District…”


SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/art-fusion-galleries-named-best-gallery-in-florida-for-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/



BEST IN TEXAS — Laura Rathe Gallery


“…two stunning galleries, one in the Dallas Design District… other on Houston Gallery Row… a leading source for contemporary art in Texas… established, mid-career artists… acquired into world-renowned private, corporate and museum collections…”


SEE FULL STORY HERE:  http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/laura-rathe-fine-art-named-best-gallery-in-texas-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/



BEST IN LOUISIANA — Jonathan Ferrara Gallery


“…focused on cutting edge works… with a sense of purpose, mission, and message… provocative… New Orleans gallery has become a fixture on Julia Street’s gallery row, the premier art corridor in The South.”


SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/jonathan-ferrara-gallery-named-best-gallery-in-louisiana-for-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/





“…a nationally recognized leader in the African American art industry. Established in Louisville, KY in 1989… grown to a more than 11,000 square foot gallery…”


SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/es-gallery-named-best-gallery-in-kentucky-for-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/

BEST IN COLORADO — Mirada Fine Art   “… on numerous ‘Best Of’ lists. We love the art, we love the spirit, we love the upward trajectory, we love the history… special, insightful and unique…”


SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/mirada-fine-art-named-best-gallery-in-colorado-for-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/

BEST IN MISSOURI: The Hilliard Gallery


“41 years… one of the oldest and largest fine art galleries in Kansas City… voted by Kansas City Visitor Center as Best Gallery In Kansas City in 2012… voted by Kansas City Magazine as the Best Gallery In Kansas City 2014.”


SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/hilliard-gallery-named-best-gallery-in-missouri-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/

BEST IN OHIO — Lee Hayden Gallery


“… a prominent Cleveland gallery for a decade, offering paintings, sculptures and rare prints from dozens of internationally acclaimed artists…”


SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/lee-hayden-gallery-named-best-gallery-in-ohio-for-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/

BEST IN NEW MEXICO — Zane Bennett Contemporary Art


“…museum appeal…powerful 10,000 square foot space… Phenomenal.”


SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/zane-bennett-contemporary-art-named-best-gallery-in-new-mexico-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/



BEST IN SOUTH CAROLINA — Mary Martin Gallery Of Fine Art


“…on par with Beverly Hill’s Rodeo Drive and NY’s Fifth Avenue. This prestigious French Quarter gallery… classical to contemporary works of originality and beauty… established and mid-career painters and sculptors who forge new ground. Notable artists of museum quality…”


SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/mary-martin-gallery-of-fine-art-named-best-gallery-in-south-carolina-2015-highlight-hollywood-news/

BEST IN HAWAII — Genesis Galleries


“16 years… two wildly popular galleries on the Big Island… Genesis Kings offers international work while their Queens location offers only authentic Hawaii work… Known along the Kohala Coast as the highest-rated destination in galleries by Trip Advisor… “


SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/genesis-galleries-named-best-gallery-in-hawaii-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/



BEST IN IOWA — Steven Vail Fine Arts


“…one of the state’s better-known galleries for contemporary and modern art… international and high-profile artists, such as Damien Hirst, Willem de Koonig, Chuck Close, Henry Moore, Not Vital and Donald Judd whose works have been exhibited in famous art museums across the world…”


SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/steven-vail-fine-arts-named-best-gallery-in-iowa-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/

BEST IN IDAHO — The Art Spirit Gallery


“… 20 years… high-quality, original work by regional artists… 4,000 square foot… unimaginably high ceilings… promote high-quality art in the resort community of Coeur d’Alene…”


SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/the-art-spirit-gallery-named-best-gallery-in-idaho-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/



BEST IN MINNESOTA — Doubletake Gallery


“…a fine art consignment and brokerage service gallery …international Internet presence, with millions of hits…open-to-the-public showroom… LeRoy Neiman, Salvador Dali, Peter Max…”


SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/doubletake-gallery-named-best-gallery-in-minnesota-for-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/



BEST IN NEW JERSEY — Evalyn Dunn Gallery


“It is very rare to find a gallery so successful it is approaching it’s 60th year…features the finest 20th Century American and European art.”


SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/evalyn-dunn-gallery-named-best-gallery-in-new-jersey-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/



BEST IN ALASKA — Annie Kaill’s Premier Fine Art


“…forty years… commercial regional art by both emerging and mid-career artists, as well as the Northwest’s most famous painters …devotion to the authentic Alaskan landscape…”


SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/annie-kaills-premier-fine-art-gallery-named-best-gallery-in-alaska-for-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/



BEST IN UTAH — Southam Gallery


“…36 years… one of the premier galleries in the Inter Mountain Region… some of the most beautiful paintings we have ever seen anywhere… “


SEE FULL STORY HERE:  http://highlighthollywood.com/2015/03/southam-gallery-named-best-gallery-in-utah-for-2015-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/





www.ThomBierdz.com  Movie of Bierdz’s BLUE X paintings: https://youtu.be/pwyhDVvY01M



Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy: AAA
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