Contemporary American Marine Art in Stockton

December 16, 2012 by  

The 15th National Exhibition of the American Society of Marine Artists will go on display December 20 through March 3, 2013 at the Haggin Museum in Stockton. The exhibition will present more than 120 works of sculpture, scrimshaw and painting.

The ASMA is touring across the nation currently presenting to eight different museums. Displays include artwork based on ships, seascapes, marine life and oceanic scenes along the coast. Inspired by the sea, the artists capture the vibrancy and beauty of nature in every art depiction form.

Founded in 1978, The American Society of Marine Artists was started by a small group of maritime artists. The goal was to raise public awareness of marine art as well as through exploration to record the history of maritime art. The entity has a national base with more than 500 artists holding exhibitions every three years in USA museums.

The ASMA has an established mission to recognize and encourage marine art while promoting maritime history. They also strongly encourage free cooperation and exchange amongst artists, students, craftsmen, and teachers. The group is a non-profit organization and does not engage or participate in any member’s work for sale.

When museums feature special long-term exhibitions, local print companies are called upon to provide printing services. Those services may include catalog printing, as they normally include the schedule of events and attractions, artists’ or historians’ information along with details about each display. Catalogs are usually handed out at the event entrance or throughout the area and make a nice souvenir at the conclusion of the visit.