25 American Galleries Select World's Best Minimalists: Pannell, LeBlanc, Adams, Shuai, Raford, Filichkin, Beggs And Alfery

Minimalists from USA, Canada and China take top awards in Category 25 of the 2017 AMERICAN ART AWARDS.

This year the American Art Awards (www.AmericanArtAwards.com), juried by the 25 Best Galleries & Museums In America (listed below), had online art images in 50 CATEGORIES submitted from artists in 56 COUNTRIES: Albania, Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Egypt, England, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, USA, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Wales.

The 1st Place to 6th Place winners in all 50 categories will be revealed in the news about a category a day, stretching into November, making this one of the longest winner announcements of any art competition in the world.

<a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.cappannell.com/" target="_blank">PANNELL WEB SITE</a>
<a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.chantalleblancartiste.com/" target="_blank">LEBLANC WEB SITE</a>
<a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.carolynadams.artspan.com/" target="_blank">ADAMS WEB SITE</a>
<a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.fraserradford.com/" target="_blank">RADFORD WEB SITE</a>
<a rel="nofollow" href="https://tanyafilichkin.artspan.com/" target="_blank">FILICHKIN WEB SITE</a>
<a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.leahbeggs.com/" target="_blank">BEGGS WEB SITE</a>
<a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.christinealfery.net/" target="_blank">ALFERY WEB SITE</a>

-----------------------------ABOUT 1ST PLACE WINNER CAP PANNELL

---------------------Cap Pannell Biography:

“Why do you use so much notebook paper?” 

That’s the question my mother put to me when I was in elementary school in the little East Texas town I grew up in. I was always drawing, even in class. Battleships for the boys. Horses for the girls. 

I was hooked.

Someone once told me that art is the great journey. With no roadmaps. No directions. Sometimes no known destination. And the only guidance you may be blessed with is intuition. Intuition fueled by imagination. 

It’s light that sparks my imagination. Light fascinates me. In my landscapes I tend to focus on the graphic quality of the scene and emphasize the light. I manipulate it to express a mood, a time of day, even a season of the year. As for my cloudscapes, they give me the opportunity to approach the abstract.

Although my work is derived from nature and representational, I leave it open to interpretation. Three of my 

influences are the American painter George Inness for his later work with its minimal detail and soft brushwork, 

German painter Gerhard Richter for his unorthodox choice of subject matter and superb technical ability, and 

J.M.W. Turner for his mastery of light, abstraction, and atmosphere. 

My goal is to make something that resonates visually and emotionally, both for me and the viewer.

--------------------Juried Exhibitions: 

Current Trends in Print, Elon University, Elon, North Carolina, 2009    

Dia de los Muertos, Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas, Texas, 2009    

Dia de los Muertos, Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas, Texas, 2010

Festival of Independent Theaters, Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas, Texas, 2010

White Rock Lake Centennial, Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas, Texas, 2011

Mary Tomas Gallery, Dallas, Texas, 2012 

New Texas Talent XX, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, Texas, 2013    

Dia de los Muertos, Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas, Texas, 2014  

Dia de los Muertos, Exhibit3, Dallas,Texas, 2015

Pettigrew Gallery, 2-person show, Dallas, Texas, 2015 

Art Kudos, Online Exhibition, 2015 

2nd Regional Juried Exhibition, Artspace111 Gallery, Fort Worth, Texas, 2015

Bird: The Artists Eye View of Birds, Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas, Texas, 2015

Texas Artists Exhibition, Beeville Art Museum, Beeville, Texas, 2015 

Skies, Colors of Humanity Art Gallery

Fresh Paint Biennial, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2015 

Hunting Art Prize, Finalist, Houston, Texas, 2016    

Texas Visual Arts Association National Exhibition, 2017

American Art Awards, First Place, Minimalism category, 2017

Three-man show, Canyon Fine Art gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2017


Official illustrator of the U.S. Postal Service  with the publication of a postage stamp, a portrait of American writer O. Henry in 2013.


Artist’s Magazine: 32nd Annual Art Competition multiple finalist, 2015, F & W Media, Inc

Artist’s Magazine: Artist of the Month for 2016

Creative Quarterly: Published in four issues for 2015

Creative Quarterly Annual: Top 25 Fine Artists of 2015

Creative Quarterly Annual: Top 25 Fine Artists of 2016

Manifest Gallery’s International Painting Annual: Cincinnati, Ohio for 2014

Manifest Gallery’s International Painting Annual: Cincinnati, Ohio for 2016

Southwest Art Magazine & Collector’s Guide: finalist, 2015, F & W Media, Inc.

Studio Visit Magazine 2016

Below are the 25 BEST GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS IN AMERICA who agreed to vote on the 2017 American Art Awards:

BEST IN PENNSYLVANIA — JAMES A. MICHENER ART MUSEUM. “... 40,000 sq. ft.... world-class group of paintings... permanent collection of more than 2,800 objects... accredited world-class facility... diverse program of educational activities... more than 135,000 annual visitors...” http://www.michenerartmuseum.org/

BEST IN LOUISIANA — NEWCOMB ART MUSEUM. “... legacy of education, social enterprise, and artistic experience. Presenting inspirin exhibitions and programs that engage communities... founded in 1886... recognizes the contributions of women to the fields of art and design....” http://newcombartmuseum.tulane.edu/

BEST IN ILLINOIS — HILLIGOSS GALLERIES. “Chicago’s Premier Art Gallery for 20+ years. The two-story 8,500 sq. ft. gallery is the epitome of a well-oiled machine... perfect marriage of artist, collector and setting... original paintings by the world’s finest living artists, as well as fine prints by historic and 20th century masters.”http://www.hilligossgalleriesil.com/

BEST IN NEVADA — THE METROPOLITAN GALLERY OF LAS VEGAS ART MUSEUM. “... over 20,000 sq. ft.... intellectual excellence and leadership... dedicated to raising awareness... promotes an understanding and appreciation of art by making accessible to the public fine art exhibitions, educational programs, and cultural events... local, regional and international artists... “ http://mglv.org/

BEST IN KENTUCKY — E&S GALLERY. “... professionalism, reputation, gallery space, exhibitions, artist roster and clientele... 11,000 sq. ft. gallery, custom framing and art publishing... African American art with an unmatched selection of artists, medium, subject matter, and genres. ... “ http://www.eandsgallery.com/

BEST IN MISSISSIPPI — OHR-O’KEEFE ART MUSEUM. “...just as Ohr (1857-1918) rose from devastating personal and professional loss to create an extraordinary body of work, so too the Ohr-O’Keefe has risen from Hurricane Katrina’s destruction... diverse cultural heritage of the Mississippi Gulf Coast... compelling exhibitions and educational experiences......” http://georgeohr.org/

BEST IN NEBRASKA — KIECHEL FINE ART. “...few have the roster and esteem as Keichel... discerning eye... three story four gallery showplace... many of the top Midwestern Contemporary artists... “ http://www.kiechelart.com/

BEST IN COLORADO — COLORADO SPRINGS FINE ARTS CENTER. “132,000 sq. ft... one of the only multi-discipline arts institutions... For nearly 100 years, the top cultural attraction of the Pikes Peak region... world’s finest art... extraordinary visceral experiences...” http://www.csfineartscenter.org/

BEST IN SOUTH DAKOTA — SOUTH DAKOTA ART MUSEUM. “Since 1970... artistic legacy of South Dakota in all its diversity. Harvey Dunn, Native American art, Marghab Linens... 7,000 objects in its collection...”http://www.sdstate.edu/south-dakota-art-museum/

BEST IN SOUTH CAROLINA — MARY MARTIN GALLERY OF FINE ART. “... excellence and steady expansion... museum quality art including bronze and stone sculptures, original oil and acrylic paintings, extraordinary watercolors... number one tourist destination in America... on par with Beverly Hill’s Rodeo Drive and NY’s Fifth Avenue...”http://www.marymartinart.com/

BEST IN UTAH — MEYER GALLERY. “... over 50 years, a contemporary art icon in Utah. The building (former First National Bank of Utah) is listed with the National Register of Historic Places and on the Park City Museum’s Historic district tour. Featuring both representational and abstract works... “ https://www.meyergallery.com/

BEST IN NEW MEXICO — BLUE RAIN GALLERY. “...Santa Fe’s exceptional exhibitor of all factions of art... pieces from noted glass artisans to bronze sculptures and wood sculptures to two-dimensional works, artisans contribute elegant to elemental, neo-traditional to transcendental, neo-tribal to contemporary Native American... “ http://blueraingallery.com/

BEST IN MISSOURI — UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI MUSEUM OF ART AND ARCHAEOLOGY. “...Stunning collections across a wide range of cultures... Greek, Roman, Near Eastern art works, ancient Egypt, Byzantium, Asian, African, Ancient Americas, and Oceanic cultures... important collections in European and American art from the fifteenth century to the present... “ https://maa.missouri.edu/

BEST IN CALIFORNIA — CODA GALLERY. “A Palm Dessert landmark for thirty years, this contemporary El Paseo gallery has a vast collection of paintings, photography, sculpture, glass, and ceramic works by a wide range of established, mid-career, and emerging artists...” http://www.codagallery.com/

BEST IN OREGON — ROGER YOST GALLERY. “Located in a 1927 art deco tower in the heart of Downtown Salem, Oregon’s capital city... more than 7500 sq. ft.. of exhibit space featuring paintings and sculpture from Lithuania, The Czech Republic, Vietnam, France, Germany, Argentina, Russia, Spain, UK, Budapest and Hollywood. A second location coastal version in Newport...” http://www.rogeryostgallery.com/

BEST IN ARIZONA — BENTLEY GALLERY. “For 30+ years, Bentley Gallery in Phoenix has been synonymous with contemporary painting and sculpture in the Southwestern U.S.... mid-career and museum-collected artists from the states and Europe, as well as ancient art and artifacts... Chinese bi and cong from the Neolithic period co-exist seamlessly with contemporary works...” http://www.bentleygallery.com/

BEST IN MAINE — PORTLAND MUSEUM OF ART. “Cultural heart of Portland... significant holdings of American, European, and contemporary art, as well as iconic works from Maine... a steadfast commitment to their community and region... their high level of attention to the complexity of art and history exemplifies respect for artwork and art makers...”http://www.portlandmuseum.org/

BEST IN CONNECTICUT — BRUCE MUSEUM. “113 years... high on a hill overlooking Greenwich Harbor... nearly 15,000 objects: paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, photographs, multimedia compositions... accreditation from the American Association of Museums, an honor granted to fewer than 5% of all museums. Voted the best museum in Fairfield County... “ https://brucemuseum.org/

BEST IN FLORIDA — ART FUSION GALLERIES. “8,000 sq. ft.... in the heart of Miami’s Wynwood Art District... preeminent gallery in Miami for integrating the best of Emerging to Mid-Career Contemporary artists... represents over 1,000... “ http://www.artfusiongalleries.com/

BEST IN INDIANA — HAAN MANSION MUSEUM OF INDIANA ART. “Holds the most extensive Indiana art collection in the US, including paintings from the Hoosier Group and Brown County Art Colony. Specializing in major oils, over 100 artists are represented. Haan is a true find; a rare hospitable time-capsule cradling a precious past.”http://haanmuseum.org/

BEST IN VIRGINIA — WILLIAMSBURG ART GALLERY. “Located on Merchants Square along Duke of Gloucester Street in beautiful downtown Williamsburg, Virginia... Historic Triangle... a natural and inspiring home for art, dedicated to showcasing the beauty of the region as depicted by local as well as international artists, including exceptional work of Russian modern masters... a crossroads for art.” http://www.wmbgartgallery.com/

BEST IN GEORGIA — HATHAWAY CONTEMPORARY GALLERY. “A premier contemporary art gallery located on the Westside of Atlanta. They give space to the cutting-edge artists of today to express creative voice and explore societal issues... committed to building a supportive, sustaining community for the arts.” http://www.hathawaygallery.com/

BEST IN MONTANA — DANA GALLERY. “4000 sq. ft. of space, making it the largest contemporary art gallery in Montana. Excellent 20+ year reputation. They represent Montana and regional painters many of whom are internationally recognized...” http://danagallery.com/

BEST IN NEW JERSEY — EVALYN DUNN GALLERY. “It is very rare to find a gallery so successful that it is approaching it’s 60th year... also features the finest 20th Century American and European art...” http://www.evalyndunnsgallery.com/

BEST IN HAWAII — LIK LAHAINA, LIK WAIKIKI. “Peter Lik has 12 exceptional gallery locations and is the most successful photographer in the world... sold upwards of $500 million of artwork... The 2014 sale of his B&W photo titled “Phantom” for $6,500,000.00 is the highest sum ever paid in its genre. Lik’s works make up four of the top 20 most expensive photographs ever sold.” http://www.lik.com/

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