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American Sport Art Museum & Archives
1 Academy Drive
Phone: 205 626 3303 --
Statement of Purpose:
The American Sport Art Museum and
(ASAMA), located on the campus of the United
States Sports Academy, is dedicated to the preservation of sports
art and literature. Founded in 1984, ASAMA has recognized the
importance of the
cultural connectivity of athletic competition and artistic expression
inception. The gallery preserves the performance and movement of man by
creating an awareness of the role art mediums play in capturing our
heroes and perpetuating their performances for posterity. Arguably one
most aesthetically pleasing structures in higher education, the museum
located in an artistic atmosphere in the architecturally acclaimed main
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
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
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
Sport Art Competition.
Highlights & Collections:
The largest collection of sports art in America. Affiliate of the
U.S. Sports Academy.
9 November 2006
Art Show Featuring
Sport Artist Rick Rush
Museum & Archives
When: Thursday 9 November
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
The art show will
honor the arrival of Abbot Shi Yongxin, who will receive an honorary
from the Academy on 10 November and host a Kung Fu Seminar. The Abbot
leader of China’s Shaolin Temple and master of Kung Fu.
- 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
Artist of the Year Award. He has already served as the official artist
Olympic Games before, earning the honor during the 2000 Sydney
Olympics. He was
recently named the official artist for the World Rugby Championships,
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
"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
reality. I turn it into some kind of symbolic analysis, which works on
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"
Gabarrón - 100 Years of Olympics Exhibit
The American Sport Art Museum
is displaying the complete collection in an exhibition entitled, "100
years of Olympics" by Cristóbal Gabarrón, in the newly
of the Museum. The abstract representations celebrate the first 100
the Modern Olympiad. These 2-dimensional works are the Academy
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
Modern Olympiad from 1896-1996.
From Maestro Cristóbal Gabarrón's 100 years of
the Modern Olympics series depicting the 1900 Olympic Games in Paris.
ASAMA museum is open
to the public Monday — Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Admission & Directions:
Tours of the gallery are free. Donations are welcome. For information
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
in Baldwin County,
Alabama. From Interstate
10, take U.S.
Highway 98 East (Exit 35). ASAMA is approximately 1/2 mile from the
on the east side (left) of Highway 98.
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