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Mystic Seaport to Open “Contemporary American Marine Art: The 17th National Exhibition of the American Society of Marine Artists”

October 14, 2017 @ 8:00 am - January 1, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

Mystic, Conn. (October 5, 2017) — Mystic Seaport will open “Contemporary American Marine Art: The 17th National Exhibition of the American Society of Marine Artists” Saturday, October 14. This juried show features the works of marine artists recognized by the Society as the best in contemporary marine art.

The exhibition includes 120 works of painting, sculpture, and scrimshaw from the nation’s leading marine artists. Selected from more than 500 pieces submitted for consideration, the works represent a wide variety of subject matter, medium, technique, and inspired vision.


“Marine art is known for its adherence to tradition. This new and exciting exhibition explores a rare variety of styles, techniques, media, and subject matter. The impressive reach of this collection celebrates contemporary marine artists and their best work,” said Steve White, president of Mystic Seaport. “We are very proud to be the final destination for this exhibition.”


The American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to recognize and promote marine art and maritime history. ASMA seeks to encourage cooperation among artists, historians, marine enthusiasts and others engaged in activities relating to marine art and maritime history. Since its founding in 1978, the society has brought together some of America’s most talented contemporary artists in the marine art field.


The exhibition is hosted every three years in museums across the United States. It debuted on September 8, 2016, at the Muscarelle Museum of Art, in conjunction with the First National Marine Art Conference in Williamsburg, VA. The exhibition then traveled to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, MD, and the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD, and continued to the Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Gainesville, GA, and the Minnesota Marine Art Museum, in Winona, MN.


Mystic Seaport will feature works by young artists who received top prizes in a nationwide competition. ASMA’s Young Maritime Artist Search program seeks to identify and nurture young artists interested in maritime artists. The three entries to be displayed are: “Shrimp” by Hyacinth Weng of Johns Creek High School, Johns Creek, GA; “Bloom” a sculpture by Darby Bowen of Goffstown High School, Goffstown, NH; and “Fresh” by Su Min (Erin) Lee of Johns Creek High School, Johns Creek, GA.


“Contemporary American Marine Art” will be on display in the R.J. Schaefer Building through late January 2018.


October 14 @ 8:00 am
January 1, 2018 @ 5:00 pm