Sun. Sep 27th, 2020

Winning Artists Of Digital Non-Representational Images: Stecker, Seeley And Sandoval

Highlight Hollywood 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 through October, we reveal, in daily features, the 1st to 6th Place winning images with artists info, one category at a time.
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, Thom Bierdz (painter of the BLUE X paintings) and asked which artists this year won the DIGITAL ART – NON-REPRESENTATIONAL category. Bierdz explained, “Alan Stecker scored the most cumulative gallery points for his image, Ephemeral. Stecker has produced varied artwork for over 50 years and his passion only seems to increase with new mediums.”
1st  ALAN STECKER   USA   “Ephemeral”   20 x 24″    Digital painting/Corel painter & pixelmator.
2nd  ROD SEELEY   USA   “Amber Wilderness”    30 x 24″    Stylized fractal on high gloss aluminum.
3rd  ROD SEELEY   USA   “Imagine It – #5″    24 x 30”    Stylized fractal on high gloss aluminum.
4th  ALAN STECKER   USA   “In Transition”   24 x 36″    Digital painting/Corel painter & pixelmator.
5th  RUBEN M. SANDOVAL   USA   “Delta Wing”    18.5 x 25″  Digital.
6th  RUBEN M. SANDOVAL   USA   “Round Table”   21.5 x 21.5″    Digital.

My artist’s mission is to create a mirror that reflects our human condition and drama.  My goal is to transform media into images and stories that speak to our humanity, both individually and collectively. Major artistic influences come as a direct response to early childhood experiences, growing up after WWII in a Jewish neighborhood in southwest Philadelphia.  Memories of people and relationships on 60th Street continue to provide rich content for my art.  Also, my years in television news and documentary production opened up a window to real world experience.  I truly believe that this is what fuels my motivation and desire to make art. My process is abstract, intuitive rather than intellectual, and partnering with the paint is a playful way to escape the controls of intellect, group think, and societal perception.  This simple approach frees me to discover wonderful imagery in the paint.
1963: Received a B.A. from Florida State University in Fine Art/ Painting.
1965: Received an M.F.A. in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design.
From 1971 to 1987 I worked for NBC News as both a news editor and photojournalist.  I traveled throughout the world and recorded an amazing and diversified array of breaking news events and in-depth feature stories, national and international politics, civil rights, natural disasters, human conflict, combat, etc.  Stories, which aired on the Today Show, the NBC Magazine Shows, and Nightly News, received national Emmy’s, the Edward R. Morrow Award, etc.
1980: Series of reports, entitled, “Strip & Search” was awarded the University of Georgia’s prestigious Peabody Award for excellence.
1987: Launched ASV Productions in order to broaden my production and professional experience.
1987 to the present: ASV produced a broad spectrum of motion picture productions, including several documentary series, which were photographed nationally and throughout the world: Turkey, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Japan, China, Great Brittan, Sweden, Denmark, Spain, and Belgium.
2000 to 2005: Taught television and motion picture production at the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.
2005 to 2009: Joined International Media Consultants to help launch 24/7 independent news channels in India, Pakistan, and Serbia.  I collaborated with UGA’s Institute of Gerontology to produce a series of video documentaries on the subject of successful aging.  This series of 21 videos are now the primary teaching tools for a national college level course in Gerontology.  Most titles can be viewed on
Today, my primary focus is to make art.  For the past ten years I have exhibited my art in exhibitions throughout the United States and have won awards for both traditional and digital painting.  My most recent are the 2015 and 2014 first place awards at the American Art Awards in the category of digital abstraction, and three first place awards in painting at the Georgia National Fair.  My work is represented in many private and public collections throughout the United States, including the Museum of Contemporary Art GA, Mead Packaging Atlanta, the Atlanta Arts Alliance, and the High Museum of Art.


BEST GALLERY 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:

BEST GALLERY 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: GALLERY 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:

BEST GALLERY IN NEW YORK STATE — LIK SOHO: “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:
BEST GALLERY 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:
BEST GALLERY 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:
BEST GALLERY 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:
BEST GALLERY 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…”
BEST GALLERY IN  OREGON: BRONZE COAST GALLERY: “…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:
BEST GALLERY 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…”
BEST GALLERY 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:
BEST GALLERY 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:
BEST GALLERY IN KENTUCKY – E & S Gallery: “…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:
BEST GALLERY 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:
BEST GALLERY 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:
BEST GALLERY 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:
BEST GALLERY IN NEW MEXICO — Zane Bennett Contemporary Art: “…museum appeal…powerful 10,000 square foot space… Phenomenal.”
BEST GALLERY 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: GALLERY 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:

BEST GALLERY 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:
BEST GALLERY 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:
BEST GALLERY 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:
BEST GALLERY 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:
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BEST GALLERY 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:
BEST GALLERY 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:
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