Donald Moss, 1985 Sport Artist of the Year

Donald Moss, the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) 1985 Sport Artist of the Year, died Tuesday, 18 May at the age of 90.

Moss was a celebrated illustrator, as well as an artist, and one of the last surviving veterans of the First Marine Division’s Guadalcanal Campaign of WWII.

Barely one month before his death, United States Sports Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich presented an artist proof of Moss’ “Twelfth at Augusta” painting to the Honorable Dato Sri Mohd Najib Bin Tun Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia, at a special dinner in New York City. The painting is a tribute to the 12th hole at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, where the Masters Tournment is played.

Moss is survived by his wife of 60 years, Virginia (“Sally”) Hardesty Moss, three children, and five grandchildren.

Moss’ paintings are featured in The Best of Sports Illustrated, many museums, and the baseball, basketball, and tennis halls of fame as well as United States Golf Association’s Golf House. He was invited to the White House by President Ronald Reagan for the openng of the Smithsonian’s “Champions of American Sport Exhibition,” which featured his paintings of Ted Williams and Jack Nicklaus.

He has designed a dozen commemorative stamps for the United States Postal Service, including one for the “50th Anniversary of Tennis” and was selected as an illustrator for the 1980 XIII Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, N.Y. for which he also created stamps.

Moss is also known for his military art. The former Marine corporal received an award in Guam’s Art Exhibition for his work, “Marine Still Life.”

The Sport Artist of the Year Award is presented to an individual who captures the spirit and life of sport so that future generations can relive the drama of today’s competition. The recipient may use a variety of art media including film, video or sculpture to depict the breadth and scope of both the agony and the ecstasy of sport.

Founded in 1984, ASAMA is dedicated to the preservation of sports art, history and literature. The ASAMA collection is composed of more than 1,500 pieces across all media, including paintings, sculptures, assemblages, prints, posters, and photography.