The New York Times recently prominently featured the American Sport Art Museum & Archives (ASAMA) in an article, “Beauty on Field and on Exhibit,” about museums across the country that display sports art.
The online and print versions lead off with information about ASAMA, describe its collection and showcase images of artwork done by four of the museum’s Sports Artists of the Year.
They include the painting, “Shutout,” of the 2012 national college football championship game between Alabama and LSU by Daniel Moore, the 2005 Sport Artist of the Year; the sculpture, “Omnipotent Triumph,” by Martin Linson, the 2013 Sport Artist of the Year whose bronze won a gold medal at the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Sport and Art Contest at the 2012 London Olympic Games; the mural, “A Tribute to the Human Spirit,” by Spanish artist Cristóbal Gabarrón, the 1992 Sport Artist of the Year, that celebrates Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier; and the sculpture made of scrap metal, “Borzov the Sprinter,” by Bruce Larsen, the 2009 Sport Artist of the Year.
The New York Times quotes Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, who founded the United States Sports Academy in 1972 and its sport art museum in 1984. The Times writes, “For Rosandich, art is not just decoration, and sports-themed art is not merely memorabilia for fans. It is his mission to connect the two areas of human achievement.”
Rosandich tells the Times that sports and arts have long been intertwined, “The ancient Olympics honored both art and sport and ancient Greek art more often than not portrayed athletes. We are just carrying on that tradition.”
The article written by Daniel Grant, which appeared at the top of page 10 of the printed sports section on Sunday, July 14, and on the web on Saturday, July 13, goes on to mention other notable sports art collections.
The New York Times is America’s most popular news site, receiving more than 30 million unique visitors per month, and the print version remains the largest local metropolitan newspaper in the United States and third-largest newspaper overall, behind The Wall Street Journal and USA Today.
Added Rosandich about the NYT article: “We have received feedback from all over the country and a number of new art projects are popping up as a result. This is wonderful coverage on ASAMA.”
ASAMA arguably holds the largest collection of sports art in the world. It is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. free to the public. Tours are also given for groups and should be scheduled seven days in advance by calling 251-626-3303.