The United States Sports Academy is seeking nominations for its next Sport Artist of the Year.

Each year, during the Academy’s Awards of Sport the university has “A Tribute to the Artist and the Athlete.” The awards are given to those who have made significant contributions to sport. This year’s Sport Artist of the Year will be honored Nov. 14-15.

"Basketball" painted for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Gambes by Ernie Barnes, the 1984 Sport Artist of the Year.

The Academy’s American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) was begun in 1984 and honored Ernie Barnes as its first Sport Artist of the Year. Barnes, well known for his unique style of elongation and movement, was also a guard in the NFL for six seasons, actor and author.

Today, ASAMA, which arguably holds the largest collection of sports art in the world, counts 36 Sport Artists, including LeRoy Neiman, Bart Forbes, Stephen Holland, Mina Papatheodorou-Valyraki, Daniel Moore and many others.

The Dr. Zhenliang He 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.

We would be pleased to receive any and all Sport Artist of the Year nominees. Please you’re your nominations by email to

ASAMA is dedicated to the preservation of sports art, history and literature. The ASAMA collection is composed of more than 1,700 pieces across all media, including paintings, sculptures, assemblages, prints, posters and photography. The museum is open to the public, free of charge, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.