Public Invited as United States Sports Academy Introduces 2018 Sport Artists of the Year

Graig Kreindler

Graig Kreindler, 2018 Sport Artist of the Year, Painter

The public is invited as the United States Sports Academy introduces its 2018 Sport Artists of the Year in a special art show and reception that is part of its 34th 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, 8 November 2018, 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, but reservations are not required.

Lou Cella

Lou Cella, 2018 Sport Artist of the Year, Sculptor

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 Academy’s American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) annually recognizes these men and women through its Sport Artist of the Year, Honorary Doctorates, Athletes of the Year and Alumni of the Year awards.

A highlight of the evening will be the unveiling and addition to ASAMA’s permanent art collection works by the Academy’s 2018 Sport Artists of the Year: painter Graig Kreindler of Bronxville, N.Y., and sculptor Lou Cella of Chicago, Ill. Additional works by the two will also be featured in an art show at the event.

Coming from a family of artists and growing up in the Chicago area, Cella studied both fine art and graphic design at Illinois State University. After several years working as a graphic artist, he moved to three-dimensional art working as a sculptor. Cella joined Chicago’s famed Rotblatt/Amrany Studio of Fine Art, where his life-sized and larger works are in great demand for sport venues across the United States. Notable works include Harry Caray, Ernie Banks and Ron Santo at Wrigley field; The Six Detroit Tigers and Ernie Harwell at Comerica Park in Detroit; quarterback Bart Starr for the Green Bay Packers Heritage Trail; and Carlton Fisk at US Cellular Field in Chicago.

Kreindler is widely known for his nostalgic paintings that capture in remarkable detail the simpler bygone days of sport. To Kreindler, no other sport embodies the relationship between generations and the sense of community like baseball. His goal is to portray the national pastime in an era when players were accessibly human, and the atmosphere of a cozy ballpark was just as important as what happened on the field. He is proud to act as a visual historian and his award-winning sports work has appeared in juried shows and museums nationwide, as well as having been featured in nationally distributed books, newspapers, magazines, and both Internet and television featurettes.

Works By Graig Kreindler

Graig Kreindler Works

Top Row: Babe Ruth, Bobby Jones, Ty Cobb
Bottom Row: Ty Cobb, Eli Manning, Gary Carter

Works By Lou Cella

As part of the 2018 Awards of Sport Program, the Academy will announce its 2018 Honorary Doctorates and Alumnus of the Year awards later, along with the Male and Female Athletes of the Year, which will be selected in January with the input of international online balloting.

Founded in 1984, 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

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