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American Sport Art Museum & Archives

1 Academy Drive
Daphne, Alabama

Phone: 205 626 3303 --

Statement of Purpose:

The American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA), located on the campus of the United States Sports Academy, is dedicated to the preservation of sports history, art and literature. Founded in 1984, ASAMA has recognized the importance of the cultural connectivity of athletic competition and artistic expression since its inception. The gallery preserves the performance and movement of man by creating an awareness of the role art mediums play in capturing our sports heroes and perpetuating their performances for posterity. Arguably one of the most aesthetically pleasing structures in higher education, the museum is located in an artistic atmosphere in the architecturally acclaimed main campus building.

A two story tall mural entitled "A Tribute to the Human Spirit" 
by Maestro Cristóbal Gabarrón is featured on the building's western facade.

In 2006, ASAMA organized 20 youth art all-stars with ASAMA Sport Artist of the Year award winner Opie Otterstad. Together, they created the U.S. exhibit for the International Child Art Foundation’s child art exhibit in Munich, Germany. This annual international art program is designed to foster goodwill and understanding between children from countries around the world.

In 2003, ASAMA was honored by being chosen as the host for the United State Olympic Committees Olympic Sport Art Competition.

Highlights & Collections:

The largest collection of sports art in America. Affiliate of the U.S. Sports Academy.


Cultural Event:   9 November 2006
What: Art Show Featuring Sport Artist Rick Rush
Where: American Sport Art Museum & Archives (ASAMA)

When: Thursday 9 November 2006
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Note: The art show will honor the arrival of Abbot Shi Yongxin, who will receive an honorary doctorate from the Academy on 10 November and host a Kung Fu Seminar. The Abbot is the leader of China’s Shaolin Temple and master of Kung Fu.


Featured Exhibits:

Charles Billich  - Bing Mah Yong Exhibit
Charles Billich, an internationally acclaimed artist from Australia, is the Official Sports Artist for the Beijing 2008 Olympics and a previous recipient of the United States Sports Academy's 2000 Sport Artist of the Year Award. He has already served as the official artist of the Olympic Games before, earning the honor during the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He was recently named the official artist for the World Rugby Championships, which were held in 2004. The Beijing Olympic Organizing Committee's successful bid to host the 2008 Olympic Games was won while using a Billich painting entitled "Beijing Cityscape." Following this success, Billich created a series of paintings based on the "Bing Ma Yong" terra cotta warriors. With the Bing Mah Yong's, we see Billich "manipulating reality" by featuring the terra cotta soldiers of ancient China as modern Olympians. This is in keeping with how Billich describes his work. He states, "I manipulate reality. I turn it into some kind of symbolic analysis, which works on several levels of meaning. There is a touch of irony in what I paint as there is in all surreal art. It contains a fair amount of humor."

From Charles Billich's Bing Mah Yong series titled "Charioteers"


Cristóbal Gabarrón - 100 Years of Olympics Exhibit

The American Sport Art Museum and Archives is displaying the complete collection in an exhibition entitled, "100 years of Olympics" by Cristóbal Gabarrón, in the newly renovated portion of the Museum. The abstract representations celebrate the first 100 years of the Modern Olympiad. These 2-dimensional works are the Academy commissioned installation piece, "The Atlanta Star-An Olympic Forest." Composed of twenty-six pillars, "The Atlanta Star" was located in front of the Olympic MARTA station, during the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta. Showcasing the simplistic beauty of the human form in motion, these contemporary images recall the history of the Modern Olympiad from 1896-1996.

From Maestro Cristóbal Gabarrón's 100 years of 
the Modern Olympics series depicting the 1900 Olympic Games in Paris.


Museum Hours:

The ASAMA museum is open to the public Monday — Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Admission & Directions:

Scheduling Tours:
Tours of the gallery are free. Donations are welcome. For information on group tours or current exhibits, please contact Robert Zimlich, ASAMA curator, (251) 626-3303 ext. 103.


 How to find us:
The Academy and ASAMA are located on the beautiful Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay in Baldwin County, Alabama. From Interstate 10, take U.S. Highway 98 East (Exit 35). ASAMA is approximately 1/2 mile from the interstate on the east side (left) of Highway 98.

Key Personnel:

Mark Stevens, Vice President of Development and Communications

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