ACOPAL is a league of artists whose mission is to build a creative and philosophic exchange between realist painters in the United States and China. This non-profit organization was created in 2010 with the purpose of creating dialogue and exhibition opportunities, and to enhance artistic education to meet the growing interest in traditional painting in both countries.
Since ACOPAL was founded, we have produced two important exhibits of American and Chinese realism, at the National Arts Club in May of 2011, and at the Butler Institute of American Art in 2011-2012. Next, the organization is collaborating with our colleagues in China to produce a six-city national museum tour of American Realist Painting in China. This will be the first tour of contemporary American realism in China, and marks an important moment in the resurgent field of realist painting. The China museum tour will open at the Beijing World Art Museum in September of 2012, and travel to the Dalien Modern Museum, Hebei Provincial Museum, Zhejiang Provincial Museum, Hubei Provincial Museum, and the Shanghai Art Museum. The expected total museum attendance for this tour is over one million people, over a period of 15 months.
ACOPAL is very excited to be the American arm of this historic bi-national artistic collaboration, and looks toward an exciting future with planned exhibits of Chinese artists in American museum venues, and growth in cultural understanding and friendships. To support this mission, ACOPAL is seeking funds for the expenses for consolidation and crating the American paintings from all over the US to travel to Beijing. We are also raising funds to support 20 American painters’ airfare and hotel expenses to attend the opening at the Beijing World Art Museum. Artists will participate in panel discussions, demonstrations and lectures at the Beijing Central Academy of Fine Arts, and tours of art and cultural institutions in Beijing.
Your support will help build this historic cultural bridge between two nations over one shared passion for art.
Patricia Watwood, ACOPAL Vice President
THE 100 SELECTED PAINTINGS
THE ARTISTS: Steven Assael • Warren Chang • Jacob Collins • Tony Curanaj • Gabriella Dellosso • Jon DeMartin • Teresa Elliott • Gary T. Erbe • Peter Fiore • Nanette Fluhr • Christopher Gallego • Max Ginsburg • David Gluck • Gary Godbee • Daniel E. Greene • Michael Grimaldi • Benat Iglesias • Michael Klein • Maria Kreyn • Joshua LaRock • Jeffrey T. Larson • David A. Leffel • Kate Lehman • Steven Levin • Robert Liberace • Jeremy Lipking • Paul W. McCormack • Sherrie McGraw • Edward Minoff • John Morra • Gregory Mortenson • Katie O’Hagan • Paul G. Oxborough • Graydon Parrish • Charles Pfhal • Tony Pro • Christopher Pugliese • Thomas Reis • Anthony J. Ryder • Cesar Santos • Travis Schlaht • Nelson Shanks • Ronald N. Sherr • Daniel Sprick • Sharon Sprung • Dan Thompson • Joseph Todorovitch • Thomas Valenti • Scott Waddell • Anthony Waichulis • Patricia Watwood • Will Wilson
ACOPAL's Inaugural Exhibit at the National Arts Club, NYC: This exhibit was organized for the initial viewing and selection of the 100 paintings that would eventually move on to the World Art Museum in Beijing. This historical event was documented and featured in the 2011 summer issue of American Painting Video Magazine.
PLEDGE REWARDS: This is a great opportunity to support a worthy cause and acquire an original work of art from an American Master! Rewards will be updated on a regular basis. All original artwork and prints are displayed below. To find out more about an artist, simply click on the image to visit their personal website. For your pledge of $5 or more you will receive email updates from Kickstarter when new works or art and rewards are added.
ADDITIONAL ARTWORK REWARDS FROM THE FOLLOWING ARTISTS TO BE POSTED SOON!
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ACOPAL AT THE BUTLER INSTITUTE OF AMERICAN ART - 01 - 28 - 2012
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