The accomplishments of our most promising athletes have been celebrated in art since ancient times.
The Wiregrass Museum of Art is celebrating this tradition by presenting a selection of two dozen works from the collection of the American Sport Art Museum and Archives through Feb. 23, 2013. ASAMA, a division of the United States Sports Academy, arguably holds the largest collection of sport art in the world with nearly 2,000 pieces.
The exhibition at the Dothan, Ala., museum features artwork by renowned sports artists from Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and Texas. The prominent sports artists the Wiregrass exhibit features include: Opie Otterstad, Bart Forbes, Daniel Moore, Rick Rush, Robert Zimlich, Ronald Bradstock and Liston Bochette. This exhibition includes images highlighting a variety of Southern pastimes including football, fishing, basketball, golf and baseball.
The Wiregrass Museum is hosting a reception to announce the exhibit at 6 p.m. Thursday Oct. 4 in its Entrance Gallery and Marie Saliba Gallery.
For instance, “Crimson Rose” by Rush, a Tuscaloosa, Ala., painter and 2011 Sport Artist of the Year, is displayed that depicts 2009 University of Alabama Heisman Trophy running back Mark Ingram, who now plays for the New Orleans Saints.
In addition, another piece by Otterstad, the Academy’s 2006 Sport Artist of the Year, includes a portrait of legendary golfer Ben Hogan that’s painted on thousands of lined-up golf tees. Hogan, who won nine career professional major championships, was the first of 27 similar portraits of golfers on tees that Otterstad created.
The Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA) was established in 1986 in the historic Water and Electric Building located in downtown Dothan. This building was built in 1912-1913 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum that serves Dothan and the Wiregrass Region occupies 18,000-square feet of gallery space. Original plans called for a $2.8 million, 30,000-square-foot museum.
ASAMA was established in 1984 by Academy Founder and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich. Located in Daphne, Ala., the sports art museum is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.
For more information about the exhibit or Wiregrass Museum, call 334-794-3871 or visit www.wiregrassmuseum.org. For more information about ASAMA, call 251-626-3303 or visit www.asama.org.