30th Anniversary Marine Art Exhibit to Open at CBMM

One of the largest and most ambitious exhibitions of contemporary American marine art, the 30th Anniversary Exhibition of the American Society of Marine Artists, opens on July 26 at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. The Museum will be the only Maryland venue for the exhibit.

This exhibition features exciting and varied art from more than 100 of the best marine artists working today. A wide array of media–oils, water colors, pastels, scratchboard, pencil, sculpture and scrimshaw–make this a most rewarding experience for viewers and collectors alike.

Marine art is flourishing, thanks in large part to the work of the American Society of Marine Artists (A.S.M.A.), which set out three decades ago to advance the appreciation and understanding of this rich American heritage.

The society has championed this tradition by encouraging an ever-wider search for artistic expression through various media depicting maritime subjects. Today, it has grown to become the nation’s largest organization of contemporary marine artists boasting over 600 members.

Museum visitors will also find that as a group these American artists have an international purview, presenting coastal and harbor scenes from countries abroad.

The ASMA exhibition will open at the Museum on July 26, as part of the first Chesapeake Folk Festival, a day- long special event. Admission to the exhibition is included in Museum admission, $13 for adults, $10 for seniors, $6 for children ages 6-17, children under 6 are free. CBMM members are admitted free of charge. This exhibition is funded in part by the Talbot County Arts Council.

The marine art exhibition will be on display through September 22, 2008, before moving to its next venue, The Noyes Museum of Art in Oceanville, New Jersey, just outside Atlantic City.

The Museum will offer a number of special programs in conjunction with the exhibit. The exhibition catalog is a 107 page full-color publication, which features the artwork of the show. It will be available for sale at our Museum Store. For more information about A.S.M.A. or the 30th anniversary exhibit, please visit their website at www.americansocietyofmarineartists.com.