Academy Receives Donation of David Levinthal Photos of Classic Sports Figures

Levinthal Photo with Art Committee

The United States Sports Academy recently received an anonymous donation of 121 pieces of sport art by world renowned photographer David Levinthal. Pictured with a Levinthal work depicting Babe Ruth are, from left, Art Committee member and Academy Founding President and Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich; committee chair Nancy Raia and committee member Stephen Savage.

DAPHNE, Ala. – The United States Sports Academy has received an anonymous donation of 121 pieces of photographic art by world renowned photographer David Levinthal to add to its collection at the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA).

Levinthal is known throughout the art world for using large-format 20×24 Polaroids to create unique oversized photo images with a close focus and shallow depth of field. Levinthal photographs small toys and props with dramatic lighting to construct small environments with varying subject matter – from sports to war to politics and pop culture.

The pieces donated to ASAMA depict classic baseball and hockey figures in rich, colorful and authentic backgrounds.  The collection includes 94 baseball and 27 hockey images, including such greats as Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Nolan Ryan, and Ty Cobb. Continue reading

United States Sports Academy Art to be Displayed at Stillman College MLK Art Walk

Stillman Art Loan Brown and McLellan

The United States Sports Academy’s American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) has loaned six works from its collection to Stillman College for its campus art walk held in conjunction with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The art walk is Saturday, 13 January 2018, from noon to 3 p.m. in Stillman’s Education Building Hall. Shown with “The Dream Unfolds” by the late Ernie Barnes, ASAMA Sport Artist of the Year in 1984 and 2004, are Kyris Brown, left, Stillman director of international affairs and recruiting, and Holly McLellan, dean of administration and finance at the Academy.

The Dream Unfolds by Ernie Barnes

“The Dream Unfolds” by Ernie Barnes

DAPHNE, Ala. – The United States Sports Academy’s American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) has loaned six works from its collection to Stillman College for its campus art walk held in conjunction with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

The art walk is Saturday, 13 January 2018, from noon to 3 p.m. in the Education Building Hall on the Stillman campus in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

The six selections feature African-American themes and most were created by African-American artists. These pieces will be on display: Continue reading

Academy Sport Artist of the Year Dr. Mina Papatheodorou Valyraki Honored at International Art and Sport Film Festival

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United States Sports Academy 2002 Sport Artist of the Year Dr. Mina Papatheodorou Valyraki, upper left, and, at lower right, with FICTS Chairman Professor Franco Ascani, as featured in the Greek news media.

DAPHNE, Ala. – Accomplished Greek painter Dr. Mina Papatheodorou Valyraki, the United States Sports Academy’s 2002 Sport Artist of the Year, was honored with the Mention D’Honneur Award in Arts and Sport at a recent international festival in Milan, Italy, celebrating the best in creative communication to advance sport during 2017.

Valyraki, who lives in Athens, Greece, was given the award by the Federation Internationale Cinema Television Sportifs (FICTS), an organization that promotes the values of sport through film and television. Headquartered in Milan, Italy, FICTS is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for its work. It organizes the Sport Movies & TV – Milano International FICTS Fest each year. Continue reading

William M. Williams Named United States Sports Academy 2017 Sport Artist of the Year, Painter

William Williams

Nationally known American sports painter William “Bill” Williams, right, has been named the United States Sports Academy’s 2017 Sport Artist of the Year, Painter. Williams was presented the honor by Academy Trustee and Art Committee Member Emerita Susan McCollough at the Academy’s 33rd Annual Awards of Sport celebration held recently on campus in Daphne, Ala.

DAPHNE, Ala. – Nationally known American sports painter William M. Williams, whose work is featured in some of the most prestigious and notable sports locales in the country, has been named the United States Sports Academy’s 2017 Sport Artist of the Year, Painter.

Williams was presented the honor by Academy Trustee and Art Committee Member Emerita Susan McCollough at the Academy’s 33rd Annual Awards of Sport celebration held recently on campus in Daphne, Ala.

Williams is widely respected for his classical artistic approach to representing the glory of sports through his realistic still life oil paintings, which often depict uniforms, equipment, memorabilia and other items reflective of the sport he is representing.

His work is in the permanent collections of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the College Football Hall of Fame, the Commissioner of the National Basketball Association, the New York Yankees, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy and the Butler Institute of American Art. He has won numerous awards including the Lake Orion Art Center Award, Best of Show in the Art of Golf Festival in Pinehurst, N.C., and Best of Show at an Ohio statewide art competition. Continue reading

Acclaimed Sculptor Richard Watkins Named United States Sports Academy 2017 Sport Artist of the Year, Sculptor

Richard Watkins

Nationally acclaimed American sculptor Richard Watkins, left, has been named the United States Sports Academy’s 2017 Sport Artist of the Year, Sculptor. Watkins was presented the honor by Academy Trustee Jack Scharr at the Academy’s 33rd Annual Awards of Sport celebration held recently on campus in Daphne, Ala.

DAPHNE, Ala. – Richard Watkins, a sculptor known nationally for his award-winning work depicting stylized and whimsical athletes and animals, has been named the United States Sports Academy’s 2017 Sport Artist of the Year, Sculptor.

Watkins was presented the honor by Academy Trustee Jack Scharr at the Academy’s 33rd Annual Awards of Sport celebration held recently on campus in Daphne, Ala.

Watkins, who is based in Atlanta, Ga., attended design school at the University of Cincinnati and spent 25 years working in the toy business, where he designed and developed toys for several large toy manufacturers. He began to work professionally as a sculptor after his retirement from the toy business. Continue reading

Works by United States Sports Academy’s 2017 Sport Artists of the Year on Display at ASAMA

2017 Sport Artists of the Year

Acclaimed sculptor Richard Watkins, standing next to sculpture, and award-winning painter William M. Williams, standing next to painting, were presented the United States Sports Academy’s 2017 Sport Artist of the Year, Sculptor, and 2017 Sport Artist of the Year, Painter, awards at the Academy’s 33rd Annual Awards of Sport program. From left are Academy Art Committee Chairperson Nancy Raia, Academy Founding President and Art Committee member Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, Watkins, Williams, Trustee and Art Committee Member Emerita Susan McCollough, and Art Committee member Kay Daughdrill.

DAPHNE, Ala. – Acclaimed sculptor Richard Watkins and nationally known painter William M. Williams were awarded the United States Sports Academy’s 2017 Sport Artists of the Year awards at the Academy’s recent 33rd Annual Awards of Sport program.

A highlight of the event on the Academy’s Daphne campus was the unveiling and donation to the American Sport Art Museum & Archives (ASAMA) permanent art collection works by Watkins and Williams. Watkins’ basketball piece “Slam Dunk” and Williams’ piece “Satchel’s Monarchs,” which honors the legacy of baseball legend Satchel Paige, are now on permanent display at ASAMA.  In addition to the permanent pieces, a show featuring works from both artists is now on display at ASAMA in the Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich Gallery. Continue reading

United States Sports Academy Holds 33rd Annual Awards of Sport Program

AOS Group Shot

The United States Sports Academy recently held its 33rd Annual Awards of Sport program on campus in Daphne. Honorees, seated from left, are Sport Artist of the Year, Sculptor, Richard Watkins of Atlanta, Ga.; Dwight D. Eisenhower Fitness Award winner Fairfax Hackley, master trainer and bodybuilder from Falls Church, Va.; Alumnus of the Year Dr. Dave Shrock of Modesto, Calif., (Ed.D, Sports Management, 2009), USA Track & Field leader and Academy National Faculty member; Dr. Ernst Jokl Sports Medicine Award winner Dr. Kenneth Cameron, director of Orthopaedic Research at Keller Army Community Hospital in West Point, N.Y.; and Sport Artist of the Year, Painter, William Williams of Battle Creek, Mich. Respective presenters were trustees, second row from left, Jack Scharr of St. Louis, Mo.; Dr. Gary Cunningham of Santa Barbara, Calif., Academy President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich of Fairhope, Ala., Dr. Don Wukasch of Austin, Texas, and Susan McCollough of Gulf Shores, Ala. Shown third row from left are trustee Dr. Nick Niccolai of Mobile, Ala., and trustee and Founding President Dr. T.P. Rosandich of Daphne, Ala.

To view a full length video of the Awards of Sport 2017 ceremony, click here.

The United States Sports Academy recently held its 33rd Annual Awards of Sport program, a celebration of sport and art and “A Tribute to the Artist and the Athlete.”

The Academy’s Awards of Sport honor those who have made significant contributions to sport in categories as diverse as the artist and the athlete. The awards honor exemplary achievement in coaching, all-around athletic performance, courage, humanitarian activity, fitness, and media, among others. The Academy’s American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) annually recognizes these men and women through its Sport Artist of the Year, Honorary Doctorates, Medallion Series, Distinguished Service Awards, Outstanding Athletes and Alumni of the Year awards. Continue reading

Public Invited to United States Sports Academy’s 33rd Annual Awards of Sport Program

The public is invited as the United States Sports Academy holds its 33rd Annual Awards of Sport program, a celebration of sport and art and “A Tribute to the Artist and the Athlete.”

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, 9 November 2017, on the Academy’s campus located at One Academy Drive in Daphne, Ala. A reception will follow. Those interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP at (251) 626-3303 or email communications@ussa.edu. Continue reading

United States Sports Academy Hosts Veterans for Lunch, Museum Tour

WWII Group

The United States Sports Academy recently hosted local military veterans for a presentation, tour and luncheon on the campus in Daphne, Ala. Seated, from left, are Mawk Arnold, Fairhope, Marines; Jim Jeffries, Daphne, Army; Tom Murray, Mobile, Army; R.L. Constantine, Mobile, Navy; James Bailey, Mobile, Army; and John Walker, Spanish Fort, Marines. Standing, from left, are Academy Dean of Academic Affairs Dr. Stephen Butler, Daphne, Air Force; Bruce Terry, Mobile, Army; David Sprott, Mobile, Marines; Garrett Tirpac, Daphne, Coast Guard; James Pitts, Spanish Fort, Army; Pat Flannagan, Chatom, Army; Academy Trustee Dr. Nick Niccolai, Mobile, Navy; Academy Founding President Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, Daphne, Marines; John New, Daphne, Army; Jim Younce, Mobile, Navy; Dr. Turner Rogers, Mobile, Army; Ed Ramey, Mobile, Navy; and Warren Ross, Irvington, Air Force.

DAPHNE, Ala. – The United States Sports Academy recently hosted a campus luncheon and art museum tour for local military veterans, including two who served in World War II.

Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, a former Marine who founded the Academy in 1972, told the group about the institution’s mission to serve the nation and the world as a sport education resource focused on upgrading sport through programs of instruction, research and service. He also talked with the veterans about the Academy’s American Sport Art Museum & Archives (ASAMA), home to more than 1,800 works of sport art across a variety of media, including paintings, sculptures, assemblages, prints and photographs.

The veterans were also given a presentation on the Academy’s academic programs by Dean of Academic Affairs Dr. Stephen Butler, a 24-year Air Force veteran, who noted that numerous members of the Academy’s faculty and staff are veterans. Continue reading

Academy’s American Sport Art Museum & Archives Unveils Sculpture of Legendary Iranian Wrestler

Academy Art Committee with Sculpture

Members of the United States Sports Academy’s Art Committee participated in the unveiling ceremony of a sculpture of legendary Iranian wrestler Jahan Pahlavan Takhti presented to the American Sport Art Museum & Archives (ASAMA) by the North American Iranian Friendship Society (NAIFS). From left are committee members Kay Daughdrill; B.J. Cooper; and chair Nancy Raia; Babak Takhti, son of the late Jahan Pahlavan Takhti; Academy Founding President and committee member Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich; Ebrahim Maghsoud, NAIFS President and President of the Hafez Corp. in Mobile, Ala.; Vahid Abideh, NAIFS Founder and CEO and Secretary General of Iran’s Young Journalists Society; committee member emerita and Academy Trustee Susan McCollough; and committee member B’Beth Weldon.

DAPHNE, Ala. – The North American Iranian Friendship Society (NAIFS) presented the United States Sports Academy’s American Sport Art Museum & Archives (ASAMA) a bronze sculpture of the late legendary Iranian wrestler and national hero Jahan Pahlavan Takhti at a recent special ceremony on the Academy campus.
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