As part of its 50th Anniversary Founder’s Day celebration, the United States Sports Academy welcomed into the American Sport Art Museum & Archives (ASAMA) another original sculpture created by someone very close to the institution.

Trustee and Art Committee member Susan N. McCollough unveiled an original bronze bust of University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban during the Founder’s Day program. The bust is now on permanent display in the ASAMA collection.

Susan Nomberg McCollough is an internationally-acclaimed abstract and impressionistic artist who has produced hundreds of paintings, many of which have won national and international awards. She is a former “Miss University of Alabama” and “Miss Alabama, International” in Long Beach, Calif. (which gave way to the “Miss Universe Pageant”).

McCollough became a trustee of the Academy after serving for more than 10 years as an active member of the Academy’s Art Committee, where she continues in an Emeritus capacity. The Academy honors artists from around the world and the Art Committee is responsible for selecting the Academy’s Sports Artist of the Year, whose works are displayed in the Academy’s American Sport Art Museum & Archives (ASAMA). ASAMA is located on the Academy’s campus in Daphne, Ala.

McCollough’s works can be seen at her gallery, The Susan N. McCollough Gallery/Studio at the McCollough Institute for Appearance and Health in Gulf Shores or viewed online at