United States Sports Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich proudly announces painter Miriam Cabello and sculptor Gail Folwell as the Academy’s 2014 Sport Artists of the Year.

Both Cabello and Folwell will be recognized later this year at the 30th Annual Academy Awards of Sport program entitled, “The Artist and the Athlete Celebration.” The event which is open to the public will be held on November 6th at the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Ala. The artists were recently selected by the Academy’s Art Committee for the awards.

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.

Cabello, born in Santiago, Chile and now residing in Sydney, Australia, is an artist, curator and educator, who has been featured in exhibits both nationally and internationally.

An award winning artist, she was recognized by the National Art Museum of Sport in Indianapolis, Ind. and exhibited at the DUMBO Arts Festival in Brooklyn, NY with her “White Ropes” series, featuring Aboriginal Boxing Legends. She was also commissioned to paint “Run with Fire, London 2012 Olympics” in 2011.

Some of her other highlights include being the first Australian awarded at the international Annual Religious Art and Architecture Design Awards, for “The Pugilist Passion-Black Jesus” and being the official Vatican selection as a solo exhibitor during the 2008 World Youth Day festival.

In 2012, she was appointed cultural curator and educator at the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) ceremony, Camden Council.

Through her art, Cabello nurtures a profound interest in social, political issues and education. Her dedication to education is intricately interwoven into the curatorial program, and she has developed artist talks, surveys and programs for tertiary students. She also established an international student internship program as part of the series’ long-term program.

Folwell, from Boulder, Colo., uses her appreciation of sports and anatomy to sculpt her athletes.  She expresses energy and excitement with abstracted figurative forms in mid-motion.

Whether a baseball pitcher captured right after the release of the ball; a swimmer in mid-stroke or the collision of two hockey players, Folwell’s interpretation of the competitive athlete is simultaneously contemplative and exciting.

Folwell has exhibited at NAMOS, won a NAMOS Gold Medal in the annual, international “Commitment to Excellence in Art & Sport: A Fine Art Competition.” She has had large public commissions of her athletes in Vail and at the Denver Art Museum, at the University of South Alabama, at Bowling Green State University, and at Dr. Pepper Ballpark. She is working on a public commission for the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Canton, Ohio.

She received her bachelors of Fine Arts in 1983 from the University of Denver, where she has also served as a faculty member.

The 2013 Sport Artists of the Year were awarded to Primo Angeli, an American graphic artist and to Martin Linson, an American sculptor.

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