Academic Artists Association

74th Annual Exhibition of Traditional Realism

Academic Artists Association
74th Annual National Exhibition of Traditional Realism

Opening Reception:
Sunday, June 16, 2024, 1:00pm–4:00pm awards announced at 3:00pm
Exhibit Dates: June 16–July 14, 2024
Gallery Hours: Thursday–Sunday 1:00 pm–5:00pm
Free and open to the public

Since its inception, the Academic Artists Association has grown from its modest beginnings to a national membership of more than 250. AAA is unique in its list of members. When an artist’s work has been selected at least two times for the Annual National Exhibition, they are invited to become a member.

Realism, as defined by the Academic Artist, would be representational art work encompassing a wide range of art from soft impressionism, through detailed photo realism in watercolor, pastel, oil, and acrylic mediums. Sculpture is also exhibited in stone, bronze and many modern and unique mediums.

The Academic Artists has stayed on track by continuously promoting quality fine art and offering these extremely popular national exhibitions to the public.


Academic Honor Award

  • Ralph Acosta, Peter’s Boat
  • Serena Bates, Isjborns – Ice Bears
  • Douglas Gillette, Scottsville Beach
  • Barbara S. Groff, Boy with Thorn (Spinario)
  • Barbara Lussier, Fleeting Moments
  • Steve Wilda, Broken Faces

Alden Bryan Memorial Award for Oil Landscape

  • JoAnn Denehy, Quintessential N. E. Barn, Early Spring

Marguerite & Francis Walker Memorial Award

  • Glenn Murray, Mel’s Truck Sales

Academic Excellence Award

  • Douglas Aja, Dionysus
  • Karen Israel, In the Corner Office
  • Janis Mattson, Pie Birds
  • Scott Rhoades, My Grandfather’s Glove
  • Gene Riley, The Guest
  • Harry Ruddock III, In Repose

Mary Bryan Memorial Award for Watercolor

  • Gerarde Doucette, Mon Nouveau Chapeau

Clarence F. & Helen G. Prince Memorial Award

  • Jo Ellen Reinhardt, Nature’s Bride

Academic Merit Award

  • T.A. Charron, Shoreline Song
  • Christine Ivers, Ghosts
  • Karie O’Donnell, Sarah Entangled
  • Donna Shaw, Dandelion Garden
  • June Webster, Candy Caper

Best in Show

  • Jeff Kern, The Noble Profession

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

*All images are the property of the artists are 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.

Learn more about the Academic Artists Association.