Breaking News2021 Curator's Competition Winners

Please join us in congratulating this year's winners and newest Juried Artist members This year's Curator's Juried Art Competition concluded on February 20, 2021. Competition was fierce and as always it was very difficult to select only a few entries from amongst the many fine artworks we received. A range of international artists competed for prizes and the honor of being selected to participate in our Curator's Circle Permanent Collection. Our Juror of Awards for this year's competition was Mr. Wenlin Fu. Mr. Fu serves as the Chairman of the Singapore National Museum and CEO of the Singapore Cultural Exchange Center. He also serves as the Director of 33 Auction, specializing in the art of Southeast Asia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan. The Award Winners are presented below. Please join us in congratulating them on thier success, skill and artistry.

1stplacewinner  1st Place   "Martini on the Rocks" by Tracy Klinesteker

2ndplace   2nd Place "Child's Play" by Tracy Alexander

3rdplace   3rd Place "Sunflower Party" by Pamela Hiatt

directorschoice  Director's Choice "Noisy Neighbors" by Darcy Tate

honorablemention  Honorable Mention "The Last Parade" by Ni Zhu

honorablemention  Honorable Mention "Come Sail Away" by Shelley Smith

Visionary events Future projects that need your support


The Masai Mara ProjectArtist Liang MingYu (pictured above with her husband at the Tate Museum), best known as an international fashion designer, has created this memorable exhibit that carries a two-fold purpose: (i) to alert the world about the egregious effects that the denim industry has on the world's freshwater supply; and, (ii) the plight of the elephants in Africa suffering from poaching  and loss of habitat. She accomplishes this through a fashion show that utilizes recycled denim (pictured below) and through her hand-sewn full-size elephants made from used denim. Her goal is to save billions of gallons of water and land from being contaminated by the chemical processes used to manufacture denim. The exhibit was recently featured at the Tate Museum in London and in Beijing.  It is our goal to bring this exhibit to San Francisco and other cities throughout the United States in 2023. You can help us make this possible by making a dedicated donation to this event.

denimfashionshow Your generous donation is greatly appreciated. All donations are dedicated exclusively to the costs of producing the event.



Artist GrantsHelp us provide grants to worthy artists, now and in the future. Our Artist  Grants go to self-employed studio artists who fall below certain income thresholds. Each year we provide an unrestricted grant that can be used however the artist wishes... to help with expenses, medical bills, programs or exhibits. Help us achieve our goal for 2022 and beyond. Your donation in any amount is greatly appreciated. Donations can be dedicated exclusively to our Artist Grant Program.


Exhibition GrantsThese grants are available to art organizations that could use some help with a sspecific exhibt or their own exhibition plans and schedules. We can help provide funding for your event. The event must exclusively display representational fine art to be considered. Help us achieve our goal for 2021 and beyond by dedicating your donation to our Exhibition Grant Program.


Incubator GrantsOur incubator grant program is designed to assist small municipalities or counties with much needed funding for the construction of art-oriented museum or gallery space. It must be substantially used for traditional fine art purposes and, most critically, be located in a viable commercial locale. The space should exhibit the qualities to provide a commercially viable environment for artists to display their art, conduct demonstrations and develop community awareness of the local art community.  Donations can be dedicated exclusively to this program.


Public eventsFor members and the public


API Annual Meeting, Dinner and Art Auction - POSTPONED Our annual dinner and art auction is a great way to view the artworks created by our wonderful Artist Members and provide valuable input into our programs and operations. Learn more and register.


Painting Workshops Offered Indoors and Outdoors throughout the year. Throughout the year, join our instructors for plein air or studio workshops at the beginner, experienced and advanced levels. Learn the techniques of the old masters using modern materials. Learn more and register.


Two Day Painting Field Trips and Workshops for Experienced Painters  Throughout the year we offer exciting and exotic field trips for plein air and studio artists. We offer top quality instruction in a meaningful setting. Learn more and register.


API Annual Wine, Bruncheon and Art Bachanal - Annually in October Take a summer break, meet with old friends and have access to collectible art, wine and products at the vineyards of our wine partners. Learn more and register.


Professional Practices Lecture Series  The Clark Huling Foundation We are pleased to offer cutting edge instruction from the Clark Huling Foundation.  We discuss copyrights, licensing, ethics, gallery relationships and all aspects of being a professional artist.       Learn more and register.

Private events    For members and guests only


Exclusive dinners and intimate events with our curators, collectors and noted artists These are opportunities for artists to meet with our curators, directors, collectors and sponsors while developing ongoing professional relationships. Available to invited Juried Artists and Artist Honor Roll Members.                 Learn more and register.


API Art Competitions. Artist Members vie for cash grants and other awards Our art competitions offer cash prizes, awards and the chance to be included in our Curator's  Circle. Members admitted to the Curator's Circle are afforded special access to art collectors, galleries and sponsors.                Learn more and register.


Corporate Council, Sponsor Circle and Organization Circle Appreciation Nights Our Appreciation Nights offer new and existing Corporate, Sponsor and Non-Profit Members the opportutnity to meet our Directors and get acquainted. Enjoy wonderful dining and experience collectible wines and art in a luxurious, relaxed setting. A great way to be welcomed to our organization and glean insights into our many programs.
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