2016 ASAA Awards

Founders Associate Recognition Awards Blue Ribbon

John Thompson –  Lindbergh


Rod Lees – F-84’s
Image coming soon!

Founders Silver Award

Richard Wheatland – B-17


Greg Jackson – Evan’s First Flight

Founder Gold Award

Marcus Poole – B-2513428546_1736912269898904_3811282588929264437_n

Sponsored Awards

Walt Jefferies Award for unjuried work

Greg Jackson – Evan’s First Flight
(detail shown, full image coming soon)

Jefferies for work created on site

Greg Jackson – Apache Chief

Forefeathers – Placque du Beaque

Paul Burrows
“Windsong’s Halo”
22” x 28” Oil
My homebuilt Fly Baby and I have been flying buddies since 1998. I named her Windsong and this is our version of the pilot’s halo.


Winsor & Newton
W/C set valued at $250 and donated by WN

Priscilla Messner-Patterson
“Supplies for Fish Camp”
10” x 14” Watercolor
A DeHavilland Beaver is being loaded with groceries and other supplies for one of the many commercial set-net sites around coastal Alaska.

Galloway Award
$200 and plaque

Greg Jackson
“One for the Record Books”
24” x 36” Oil
Air racing was
tremendously popular in the 1930s, and the Thompson Trophy race, held in Cleveland, Ohio, was sure to draw huge crowds. The 1932 race involved ten laps around a 10-mile course, but racers first had to qualify in the Shell Speed Dash. Jimmy Doolittle, flying the Gee Bee R1, easily qualified. However, in an era when seaplanes held the absolute speed records, he wanted to set a new record for land-based planes. On his fourth attempt at the Dash, on September 3, 1932, he averaged 296.287 mph. On his fastest run, shown here, he reached 309.040 mph.

Duane Whitney Martin Award

Marilyn Phillips Johansen
“Leaving Quang Tri to Phu Bai”
22” x 30” Watercolor
This is a composition of three elements, the American Flag, a letter written home from a marine in Vietnam and a photo of marines leaving Quang Tri boarding a plane bound for Phu Ba in 1968.

Boeing Spirit of Flight

Incoming, 3/8/16, 9:42 AM,  8C, 5048x9063 (1300+1035), 100%, Art 1,  1/30 s, R114.6, G83.1, B95.0

Crissie Murphy
30” x 15” Acrylic on Canvas
A few years ago, I had the opportunity as a member of the USAF Art Program, to travel to Fort Bragg/Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina, to draw Special Ops Forces Combat controller training. This elite group of men, drawn from all ratings, volunteers to serve in the “First There” (their motto) Combat Control Unit. This is the advance-advance team that drops behind enemy lines and sets up a control operating location from which they coordinate air strikes, determine the ground conditions in establishing landing zones, takeoffs, and troop movements; in other words the crucial link to a successful operation.

ASAA Honorable Mentions

Kristin Hill
“Jonah and the Dragon Lady”
30” Circular Oil
Within the “Dragon Lady,” U-2 maintainers conduct a thorough review and repair of the venerable high-altitude aircraft. U-2 airframes, even though manufactured thirty years ago, have several decades of airworthiness remaining because of rigorous maintenance regimens and minimal airtime stresses. The jet engine has been removed from this airframe for overhaul. Viewed through the open tail cone, the Dragon Lady’s foil heat shields, structural elements, mechanisms, pipes, cables, open panels, and dual forward intake vents offer a symphony of visual interplay.

Brian Bateman
“Unscheduled Delivery”
34” x 36” Oil
Sometime in the 1970s, a pair of F-4Cs egress the target range at low level. The Phantoms, sometimes called “Rhinos” by their aircrews, are no longer part of the Nevada desert scene, but the mustangs, descendants of horses brought to the area by Spanish explorers in the 16th century, are still here.

Steve Anderson
“Bristols Over Cairo”
19” x 25” Oil
A pair of RAF Bristol F.2B Fighters makes a slight detour on their way back to Aboukir to fly past the Pyramids of Giza. The year is 1926 and the British Empire has many responsibilities in the post-WWI era to fill in the vacuum left behind by the defeated Ottoman Empire.

ASAA – Category Awards

1st  $250  •  2nd $125  •  3rd $100

General 3rd

Steven Cox
“Nice Ride”
18” x 24” Acrylic
In 1946, the last DC-3 built by the Douglas Aircraft Company was delivered to The Texas Company (Texaco). This aircraft, a DC-3D, was operated as an executive transport. In its day, it was considered state of the art and quite the nice ride.

General 2nd

Mimi Stuart
“Nine 99s”
30” x 36” Mixed Media
In 1929, all of America’s 117 licensed female pilots received invitations to Curtiss Field, New York, to promote opportunities for the advancement of women in aviation. However, only ninety-nine female pilots could make it to the event. Hence, the assembled “Ninety-Nines: International Organization of Women Pilots,” came into being.

General 1st

Marcus Poole
“Fit to be Tied”
18” x 24” Oil
A clear morning greets a seasoned Cessna 150. What adventures are scheduled for today? Some local pattern work? Maybe a cross-country? Then again, it might be about time for that annual inspection.

Space 1st 

John Clark – The Jupiter Effect

John Clark
“The Jupiter Effect”
20” x 31” Oil
An alignment of the moons of Jupiter.

Military 3rd

Hank Caruso
“B-2 – Out of the Shadows”
11” x 14” Ink & Prismacolor
The Northrop (now Northrop Grumman) B-2 bomber was the first operational bomber to incorporate so- called stealth technology. Hidden for years in the shadows of Air Force black programs, it first saw the light of day (publicly) when it was rolled out on 22 November 1988 from Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, California.

Military 2nd

Richard Wheatland
“Meeting the Pilots”
14” x 18” Mixed Media
This painting was created following the 2014 ASAA Forum visit to the ‘Planes of Fame’ fly-in at Chino, California. The McDonnell Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk has just arrived and this scene caught the artist’s eye as the pilots meet two well-laden photographers.

Military 1st

Marcus Poole
“Countdown to Showtime”
8” x 10”
Oil on Board
It’s the morning roll-out at the Golden Age Air Museum in Bethel, PA, in preparation for the day’s upcoming air show. Where else would you expect to see a Fokker Dr. I and a Curtiss Jenny sharing the ramp? This painting began life on-site en plein air, but was completed in the studio after my moving targets flew away to participate in the day’s events! 

Commercial 3rd

Tom Kalina
“Pacific Princess”
24” x 36” Oil
Hawaiian Airlines entered the long-haul market in 1983 with the use of several Douglas DC-8s, beginning with worldwide charter operations and soon afterwards with scheduled service on new routes to the South Pacific, American Samoa, and Tonga, initially. The DC-8s were phased out in 1993 with the addition of larger aircraft. In this scene, a Hawaiian Airlines DC-8-62 cruises above the Pacific Ocean enroute to Honolulu.

Commercial 2nd

Cher Pruys
“Lockheed Electra”
8” x 10” Mixed Media
This Lockheed Electra was a member of the Trans-Canada Air Lines, a Canadian Airline whose head office was in Montreal, Quebec. It operated as TCA from 1937 to 1965, and then became Air Canada.

Commercial 1st

Douglas Rowe
24” x 36” Oil
Built as “Number 240” in 1937 by Lockheed for Continental Airlines, this Electra 12A Junior was sold to Transcontinental and Western Air in 1940 as an executive transport and airborne research laboratory. It was sold to Texaco in 1945. “Ellie” was purchased in June 2005 by Ruth Richter Holden, daughter of TWA co-founder Paul Richter, Jr., and returned to its TWA livery. The aircraft is now based in California, but on occasion you can view it at the TWA museum, located at the Charles B. Wheeler Kansas City Downtown Airport.

ASAA Sponsored Awards

Merit(2) – $500 and plaque

Paul Burrows
22” x 28” Oil
The North American F-86F Sabre was, by all accounts, one of the best fighter aircraft ever built. It, and the pilots who flew it, became well known to MiG drivers during the Korean War. Here, I’ve depicted S/N 12910 of the 39th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, 51st FIW, returning to Suwon Air Base after a fight, as evidenced by the missing drop tanks and blackened gun ports. Captain Joseph McConnell flew this aircraft, his third during the war, when he became a triple ace.

Robert Aikins
21” x 49” Oil

“Thunder Over Michigan” (the annual air display sponsored by the Yankee Air Museum), was held in August 2005. Over 50,000 aviation buffs braved the summer heat to view the sounds and splendor of more than 60 WWII “Warbirds.” I attended early Saturday morning to obtain this view of the “Flightline.”
Pictured are a P-40 Warhawk, four P-51 Mustangs and all eight of the flyable B- 17’s parked behind them. It was a dramatic moment to have been able to capture these magnificent “Warbirds” and to appreciate the history and sacrifices of those who flew them.

Distinction – $1000 and plaque

Wade Meyers
“Fighting Cobras”
25” x 50” Oil
Triple ace Major Don M. Beerbower, in his P-51 Mustang “Bonnie B II,” leads a flight of 353rd Fighter Squadron P-51s in a little cloud hopping as they return from a mission. Beerbower was part of the original cadre of 354th Fighter Group pilots. Their US training paid off, and many 354th pilots achieved ace status. Don proved to be a natural leader, and he was eventually promoted to commander of the 353rd, nicknamed the “Fighting Cobras.” He was killed in action while strafing an airfield on August 9, 1944. He is credited with 15.5 aerial victories.

Roy  – $1500 and plaque

John Clark
“The Jupiter Effect”
20” x 31” Oil
An alignment of the moons of Jupiter.

Luther Y. Gore Distinguished Service Award

Steve Remington

Bill Kluge

Click here to view the entire show

at The James C. Westin Gallery
At the Art Center of Greater Kalamazoo
(The Epic Center)

Kalamazoo, MI

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June 1 – July 25, 2016