'Olympic Spirit' by Edward Eyth

“Olympic Spirit” by Edward Eyth is latest entry into
U.S. Olympic Sport and Art Contest open to submissions by all American
artists until Feb. 1.

American artists have just three weeks left to enter the 2012 U.S. Olympic Sport and Art Contest, which is accepting submissions through Feb. 1.

The United States Sports Academy is conducting its fourth consecutive art contest under the auspices of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). The call for American artists of all ages went out in September, offering the winners of the United States contest a chance to advance to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Art Competition. They have a shot in the international phase to win $30,000 and have their art displayed at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

The latest artist to enter the U.S. Olympic Sport and Art Contest is the 2008 winner in the sculpture category—Edward Eyth. The internationally known artist’s sculpture, “Balance,” features a gymnast gracefully poised on a balance beam.

For the 2012 contest, Eyth submitted, “Olympic Spirit,” into the graphics work category and he plans to submit a sculpture again. His painting depicts a male and female athlete elevating the five rings that symbolize the Olympics. Eyth did a similar large outdoor sculpture that was selected for inclusion in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Landscape Sculpture Design Exhibition.

“My success in the 2008 competition left me feeling twice the enthusiasm and ambition, hence my decision to submit work in both the 2-D and 3-D categories this time,” Eyth said. “With insights gained from my experience in 2008, I decided to style the work in a more dynamic, vibrant and contemporary way.”

Eyth’s submission followed the entry of another prominent artist, Primo Angeli. His graphic works entry, “London Calling,” depicts the classic portrayal of the ancient Greek discus thrower with an armband displaying the 2012 London Olympic logo.

Angeli, who once owned one of San Francisco’s oldest and largest design studios, has a long history of working with the Olympics. The late IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch personally chose a design created by Angeli as the official poster of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, which was the 100th year celebration of the modern Games. He also created pieces for the 1998 Nagano and the 2002 Salt Lake City Games.

Other American artist can enter their graphic works or sculptures interpreting the theme of the London 2012 Art Competition, which is “Sport and the Olympic Values of Excellence, Friendship and Respect.” Artists can combine the three values and/or depict only one of the values in the work submitted. Both categories include abstract art and there are no restrictions on the choice of techniques utilized by the artist.

No works that already belong to a museum or private collection can be entered into this art contest. All works entered must be free of any third-party rights. Sculptures cannot exceed 44 pounds and 4 x 3 x 3 feet, including packaging. Graphic Works cannot exceed 4 x 3 feet, including frame.

Submissions along with the Artist’s Declaration must be received by Feb. 1, 2012 at the Academy’s American Sport Art Museum and Archives. The institution’s mailing address is:
One Academy Drive, Daphne, Ala., 36526.

You can view the official rules and regulations online.

A jury will select the winners in sculpture and graphic works. The winners will then move on to the IOC competition, which is scheduled to be judged in June.

ASAMA, a division of the Academy, is dedicated to the preservation of sports art, history, and literature. The ASAMA collection is composed of more than 1,500 works of sport art across a variety of media, including paintings, sculptures, assemblages, prints and photographs. The museum is free and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.