Academy’s 2016 Sport Artists of the Year Donate Pieces to ASAMA

By November 18, 2016News & Events
Burns Painting

United States Sports Academy 2016 Sport Artist of the Year, Painter, Greg Burns donated this painting, “The Podium,” to the American Sport Art Museum & Archives at the Academy’s 2016 Awards of Sport event.

Whyte Sculpture

United States Sports Academy 2016 Sport Artist of the Year, Sculptor, Steven Whyte donated this sculpture of 1957 Heisman Trophy winner John David Crow to the American Sport Art Museum & Archives at the Academy’s 2016 Awards of Sport event.

Greg Burns

The United States Sports Academy 2016 Sport Artist of the Year, Painter, Greg Burns, center, with trustee Jack Scharr and Nancy Raia, chair of the Academy’s Art Committee.

DAPHNE, Ala. – The United States Sports Academy added two more pieces of memorable sports art to the American Sport Art Museum & Archives (ASAMA) after receiving a pair of donations from its 2016 Sport Artists of the Year.

At its annual Awards of Sport event on 10 November 2016, the Academy unveiled a painting by 2016 Sport Artist of the Year, Painter, Greg Burns – “The Podium” – depicting an Olympic medal ceremony, as well as a sculpture by 2016 Sport Artist of the Year, Sculptor, Steven Whyte representing former Texas A&M football player and 1957 Heisman Trophy winner John David Crow. The works will now be showcased in ASAMA.

Burns, who resides in Singapore, is a world champion Paralympic swimmer who has won five gold and silver medals and broken four world records in three Paralympic Games. He is also a world-class contemporary artist, whose abstract impressionist paintings and exhibitions have received international acclaim.

Steve Whyte

The United States Sport Academy 2016 Sport Artist of the Year, Sculptor, Steven Whyte, center, with trustee Susan N. McCullough, left, and Nancy Raia, chair of the Academy’s Art Committee.

Whyte, who resides in Carmel, Calif., has received acclaim for his highly detailed and stirring works on the dynamic spectacle of athleticism. One of his most famous works is a 39-foot-long monument to the tradition of Texas A&M University’s dedicated student fans, referred to as the “12th Man.” It graces the entrance to Kyle Field stadium.

Founded in 1984, ASAMA is dedicated to the preservation of sports art, history, and literature. The ASAMA collection is composed of nearly 2,000 works of sport art across a variety of media, including paintings, sculptures, assemblages, prints and photographs. The museum is open free to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. For more information, go to www.asama.org .

Based in Daphne, Ala., the United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission sports university created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call (251) 626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.