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On September 19, the MFHA hosted the grand opening of the American Academy of Equine Art's 39th Annual Open Juried Exhibition at their new headquarters in Middleburg, Virginia. Dozens of original two- and three-dimensional pieces are featured from over 40 of the top equine artists in North America.

The exhibit will continue to be open to the public at the MFHA headquarters until October 26th. Visitors may view the exhibits Monday through Saturday, 10 AM - 4 PM. The address is 301 East Washington Street, Middleburg, VA, 20117.

DSC 7351Clockwise from top right: Billie-Jo Pearl, Jean Roberts, Marion Maggiolo, Fred Root, Viviane Warren and Booth Malone (director of AAEA) kicked off the exhibit's grand opening on September 19 with a cocktail party, welcoming local equine art connoisseurs to get a sneak peek at the show. Liz Callar photo.

Twelve prizes were awarded during the exhibition:

  • Founders Award - For excellence in classical equine painting or drawing
    Winner: Leslie Sorg Sport on the Course
  • Founders Award - For excellence in classical equine sculpture
    Winner: Sally Jackson Loose as a Goose
  • Jean Bowman Award - For excellence in classical equine art Painting/Drawing
    Winner: Linda Volrath Enduring Alliance
  • Marilyn Newmark Award - For excellence in classical equine sculpture
    Winner: Mary Sand Let's Dance
  • Alexander MacKay-Smith Award - For Depiction of the sport of Foxhunting
    Winner: Sam Robinson Fording the Creek
  • Ruth Robins M.A. Award - Best depiction of the equine subject in watercolor
    Winner: FR. Michael Tang Sidesaddle
  • Elise Tuckerman M.A. Award - Excellence is classical equine portraiture
    Winner: Elizabeth Lewis Scott Shows Promise
  • AAEA Merit Award - Western member and/or subject
    Winner: Diane Frossard Afternoon Solace
  • Lanford Monroe Award - Best equine subject in landscape
    Winner: Meryl Learnihan Master of the Hounds
  • AAEA Merit Award - Canadian member and/or subject
    Winner: Melinda Brewer Downpour
  • AAEA Scholarship Award - Best by a new member
    Winner: Liz Chomicki The Descent
  • AAEA Sporting Art Award - Depicting horse in sport
    Winner: Will Ersland Airborne

DSC 7167Sam Robinson's "Fording the Creek" won the inaugural Alexander MacKay-Smith Award for best depiction of foxhunting. Liz Callar photo


DSC 7178Leslie Sorg won the top prize in the Founders' 2D Excellence in Classical Art (for painting/drawing) with her "Sport On Course." Liz Callar photo.

DSC 7211Visitors can enjoy not just paintings and drawings, but also sculptures such as Mary Sand's "Let's Dance," which earned her the win in the Marilyn Newmark Excellence in Classical Equine Sculpture category. Liz Callar photo.


DSC 7186The beautifully designed, newly built MFHA headquarters offers the perfect background for the exhibit. Liz Callar photo. If you're interested in purchasing a piece from the show, please contact Yvonne Todd, yvonnetodd@twc.com.

The academy is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1980 thanks to the legendary horseman, author, and founder of the National Sporting Library, Mackay-Smith, and Dr. Joseph Rogers, board members of the Westmoreland Davis Foundation, at Morven Park in Leesburg, Virginia. To learn more about the AAEA, visit https://www.aaea.net.

 

 

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