Academic Artists Association

72nd Annual Exhibition of Traditional Realism

Exhibit Dates: May 12–June 5, 2022
Gallery Hours: Thursday–Sunday 1:00–5:00pm

Founded by Springfield artist Harriet R. Lumis in 1949 in response to the developing trend in the art world away from representational work, Academic Artists Association has remained true to Lumis’ founding principles. Each year, the Association has sponsored a show representing the finest of realism in art.

Congratulations to the Award Winners


Merit Award: Douglas Gillette, Black Brook Memories

Excellence Award: Glenn Murray, Corner Diner

Honor Award: Del-Bouree Bach, Miss Florence’s Colors


Merit Award: Peter Seltzer, Black Gold

Excellence Award: Christine Ivers, The Eyes Have It!

Honor Award: Linda Lastoff, Cooperation


Merit Award: Serena Bates, Up Dog

Excellence Award: Susan Wakeen, Little One

Honor Award: LeaAnn Cogswell, Joe Sam

Merit Award: Ruth Sanderson, Sill Life with Armillary
Excellence Award: Tamara Oppel, Mr. McDermott
Honor Award: Kevin Schroeder, Rose in Robe


Merit Award: Kate Sullivan, Trackside Liquors

Excellence Award: Denny Bond, Timeslot

Honor Award: Gerarde Doucette, Mr. Tipton on Alto

Mary Bryan Memorial Award for Watercolor: Robert O’Brien, Leaves on My Porch


Christopher Zhang, Evening Make Up


Merit Award: Jim Laurino, Roadside Barn, Washington, CT

Merit Award: Victor Mordasov, Time is Passing By

Marguerite & Francis Walker Memorial Award for Oil Landscape: Elizabeth Rhoades, A New Beginning

Excellence Award: Daniel Whiteknact, Gould Hill Farm

Clarence F. & Helen G. Prince Memorial Award: Lynne Mehlman, Enlightened

Honor Award: Joe Ellen Reinhardt, Fine Wine

Karie O’Donnell, Speckles at Harlow Farm

If you are interested in purchasing any of the pieces, please email and specify the artwork title and artist’s name.

*All images are the property of the artists and are not for individual downloads.

Exhibits at Arts Center East are free and open to the public. We are grateful for the support from our community and visitors.

David Brega

Learn more about the Academic Artists Association.