"It's great to be able to view work by up and coming artists and have the opportunity to help them gain exposure," said Morris Shapiro, Park West's Gallery Director of 26 years. "We're in a wonderful time in the evolution of the art world. There are so many gifted artists at work, and most of them are sensing the 'pendulum' moving back toward aesthetic beauty and artistic rigorousness and away from the novel, sensational and conceptual 'art' that preoccupies so much of our world today. I'm really looking forward to seeing what's out there."
The American Art Awards, hosted by artist and actor Thom Bierdz, provides fifty categories for artists to enter their works into; a 'Best in Show' will be selected in addition to winners from each category. Submissions are due by July 31, 2009, and the winners will be announced sometime in August. The exposure for winning artists will be substantial given that the complete results of the 2009 American Art Awards will be distributed to over 30,000 galleries, collectors and artists; the winning artists' information along with their artwork will also be displayed on the American Art Awards website for an entire year.
For more information on the American Art Awards and submission guidelines, visit http://www.americanartawards.com/.