The United States Sports Academy’s contributions to sport education and sport art recently were featured on two segments on Mobile, Alabama’s WKRG-TV Ch. 5. Sports anchor Randy Patrick visited the campus to report on the Academy’s online sport education programs and its long-time contribution to sport education in the U.S. and around the world. His second feature focused on the public service the Academy provides through America’s largest sport art museum, the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA).
DAPHNE, Ala. – Two collectors of the work of world renowned sport artist and United States Sports Academy 2011 Sport Artist of the Year Rick Rush recently donated a large collection of his signed serigraphs to the collection of the Academy’s American Sport Art Museum & Archives (ASAMA).
Michael and Donna McIntyre of Destin, Fla., recently donated 46 Rick Rush signed prints to ASAMA, where many will be put on display along with the Academy’s already large collection of the artist’s works. Rush, known as “America’s Sport Artist,” has gained a worldwide following for his colorful paintings that depict a variety of sports. Continue reading
DAPHNE, Ala. – A Fairhope resident has donated an autographed tiger print by famed sport artist LeRoy Neiman to the United States Sports Academy’s American Sport Art Museum & Archives (ASAMA).
Jeff Hosterman donated “Portrait of a Tiger” to the Academy, which honored Neiman with its 2007 Sport Artist of the Year Award. Neiman, credited by many as the inventor of contemporary sport art, died in 2012 at the age of 91. ASAMA has several of his works on display.
Hosterman recently moved to Fairhope after retiring from the electronic banking industry in Atlanta. He said a visit to ASAMA as a new resident in the community inspired him to make the gift.
“The American Sport Art Museum and Archives is a beautiful place,” he said.
“The museum is the right place for this art, not at my home, so people can enjoy it with the rest of the great art here.”
“Portrait of a Tiger” depicts a colorful tiger staring off the canvas and stalking in the grass, featuring bright oranges, yellows and greens. The donor noted that the tiger is the mascot of his alma mater, Princeton University. He said some might associate the gift with the Auburn University mascot, which would complement another of the more popular Neiman prints at ASAMA – an image of legendary University of Alabama football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant.
Neiman’s other works on display at ASAMA include a collection of watercolor prints representing numerous sports in the 1972 Munich Olympics, as well as with images of boxing, hockey, fencing and many others.
Neiman, a colorful and entertaining artist instantly recognized by his handlebar mustache, became widely known with his appearances on live television painting athletes at the very moments that they were competing in the Olympics. He painted brilliantly colored, stunningly energetic images of the sports world, capturing its motion and emotion in his brushstrokes.
Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, who founded ASAMA in 1984, praised Neiman for his ability to portray sport action quickly through a variety of mediums.
“LeRoy Neiman’s name is synonymous with sport art,” Dr. Rosandich said. “When anyone would talk about sport art, they would inevitably mention his name. No one contributed more to sport art than he did with his presence on TV turning out great art. He was just as colorful as his paintings.”
Neiman was the official artist at five Olympiads, including creating on-the-spot images on live television during the 1972 Summer Games in Munich and the 1976 Games in Montreal. Neiman was the official artist of the Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid in 1980 and in Sarajevo in 1984, as well as the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles in 1984.
Neiman found a niche in sport art that was untouched and pioneered the genre with great enthusiasm.
“For an artist, watching Joe Namath throw a football or Willie Mays hit a baseball is an experience far more overpowering than painting a beautiful woman or leading political figure,” Neiman once said. “Concentrating on sports has helped me because I couldn’t refer back to past movements. There hasn’t been any sports art to speak of. I’ve had the field pretty much to myself.”
His role in pop culture spanned for decades, creating works for Playboy magazine since its inception in 1954. The series “Man at His Leisure” appeared in the magazine for 15 years, and included his impressions of events, such as the Grand Prix in Monaco, the Beatles in London and the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.
Neiman’s powerful imagery of boxing, especially of Muhammad Ali, earned him induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2007. His paintings and sketches of Ali during 15 years of the prizefighter’s boxing career permanently reside at the LeRoy Neiman Gallery at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Ky. He was so closely identified with the world of boxing that actor/director Sylvester Stallone tapped Neiman to appear in four of his “Rocky” movies.
The St. Paul, Minn., native’s works are in many private and public museums, including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., which Neiman selected to house his archives.
Founded in 1984 and located on the Academy campus, ASAMA is dedicated to the preservation of sports art, history, and literature. The ASAMA collection is composed of more than 1,800 works of sport art across a variety of media, including paintings, sculptures, assemblages, prints and photographs. The museum is open free to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. For more information, go to www.asama.org.
The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission sports university created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports.
The Academy is based in Daphne, Ala. For more information, call (251) 626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.
DAPHNE, Ala. – Two highly accomplished artists from different continents separated by thousands of miles are coming together for a joint exhibition in Greece through a relationship built upon shared involvement with the United States Sports Academy’s American Sport Art Museum & Archives (ASAMA).
Reflecting the global reach of the Academy and ASAMA, artists Dr. Mina Papatheodorou Valyraki of Athens, Greece, and B’Beth Weldon of Fairhope, Ala., will share a month-long exhibition in Athens entitled “Women Bridging Worlds: Celebrating Artistic and Cultural Crossroads.”
After an opening reception on Friday, 16 March 2018 at 7 p.m., the exhibition will run through 14 April 2018. It will be held at the famed Ikastikos Kiklos Sianti Gallery in Athens. Continue reading
DAPHNE, Ala. – The United States Sports Academy has named New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and South Korean golfer Sung Hyun Park as the winners of its male and female Athlete of the Year awards for 2017.
Brady completed 43 of 62 passes for 466 yards and two touchdowns as the Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in Super Bowl LI on 5 February 2017. Brady was named the game’s MVP after leading the Patriots back from a 28-3 deficit in the third quarter, the largest comeback in Super Bowl history. His 466 passing yards and 62 passing attempts were Super Bowl records. Brady is also a leading candidate for the NFL’s 2017-18 MVP award, having led his team back to Super Bowl LII. Brady is the only NFL quarterback to win five Super Bowls, and will have a chance for his sixth. Brady was previously selected as the Academy’s male Athlete of the Year for 2015. Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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