2019 Forum and Exhibition

33rd Annual ASAA Forum
and International Aerospace Exhibition

Dayton, Ohio 2019

Forum: May 6-11, 2019
Exhibition: May 6, 2019 – Oct. 31, 2019

The Venue: The National Museum of the US Air Force will graciously host our 33rd annual exhibition this year. The NMUAF is the official museum of the United States Air Force located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, 6 miles (9.7 km) northeast of Dayton, Ohio. The NMUSAF is the oldest and largest military aviation museum in the world, with more than 360 aircraft and missiles on display. The museum draws about 1 million visitors each year, making it one of the most frequently visited tourist attractions in Ohio.

The Hotel: Crowne Plaza Dayton will be our home for the week. Located within driving distance of the museum and local sites, the Crowne Plaza offers queen and king size rooms, conference space, luxurious amenities, and complimentary Wi-Fi, parking, and hot breakfast for the guests. The discounted ASAA rate is $103.00 per night plus tax. Please make your reservations by April 13th 2019. Phone number: 937.224.0800. Address: 33 East Fifth Street, Dayton Ohio 45402.

The 2019 ASAA International Aerospace Exhibition opening reception for the public will be Thursday, May 9, 2019 at The National Museum of the United States Air Force.

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is the oldest and largest military aviation museum in the world located at Wright‐Patterson Air Force Base, near Dayton, Ohio. The National Museum of the United States Air Force collects, researches, conserves, interprets and presents the Air Force’s history, heritage and traditions, as well as today’s mission to fly, fight and win—in Air, Space and Cyberspace to a global audience through engaging exhibits, educational outreach, special programs, and the stewardship of the national historic collection. The National Museum of the United States Air Force houses the following exhibition galleries: Early Years Gallery, World War II Gallery, Korean War Gallery, Southeast Asia War Gallery, Cold War Gallery, Missile Gallery, Space Gallery, Research & Development Gallery, Global Reach Gallery, and the Presidential Gallery. Other exhibits include: Air Force Orange County Chopper, History of the Enlisted, Evolution of the Air Force Song, Pilot Officer John Gillespie Magee: “High Flight,” Hall of Honor, Prejudice and Memory: A Holocaust Exhibit, Medal of Honor Awards in the Air Force, “Fabric of the Air Force,” Service Flags and Pins, Bob Hope: 50 Years of Hope, Vietnam Views by Wilson Hurley, First Flight Mural, Air Force Art, They Raced for the Bendix Trophy, Evolution of USAF Flight Clothing, WINI Aviator Jackets, Gen. Henry H. “Hap” Arnold, Gen. Henry H. “Hap” Arnold Artifacts, USAF Awards & Decorations, USAF Chiefs of Staff, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, and the Eugene W. Kettering Model Aircraft Collection. On the grounds include the Air Park and Memorial Park.

(Courtesy of The National Museum of the United States Air Force website)

Hotel reservation information:
Crowne Plaza Dayton
33 East Fifth Street
Dayton OH 45402
phone 937.224.0800
group rate of $103.00 per night plus tax with breakfast included.

Class & Presentation Descriptions



Priscilla Patterson will offer a short Power Point presentation on drawing facial features. She holds a certification in Composite Drawing for Law Enforcement and has worked with police and sheriff departments in the Pacific Northwest to create sketches of suspects from witness interviews. Priscilla has been an artist member of ASAA since 1994 and serves as Education Chair. She has received many awards and honors including the 2012 Luther Y. Gore Distinguished Service Award for outstanding service as a member of the ASAA.





Marc Poole will give an overview on his approach to plein air painting and how he incorporates those experiences into his studio work.  After outlining the objectives and expectations, he will then lead the group in a plein air painting session at Russ Turner’s airfield.

Marc Poole is currently the Fine Arts Instructor at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Gautier, MS. He received his BA in Graphic Design and a MFA  in Electronic Visualization from Mississippi State University. He has taught foundational drawing and design at the collegiate level since 2001, and enjoys capturing scenes and recreating stories that are close to home.




Paul Glenshaw
Drawing from great art is an excellent way to develop and hone skills. We will work from both paintings and sculpture at the Dayton Art Institute. The goal is to better understand how a particular work was composed, not just to make a facsimile. Simple drawing materials are all that are needed—pencil (graphite of charcoal), eraser, and comfortable shoes. No wet media, please, and no colored media. Comfortable shoes strongly recommended, as most works are intended to be seen while standing. Paul will do a brief demonstration, and then work individually with students through the course of the session.

Paul Glenshaw is an artist, educator, filmmaker, and writer. He is co-director, writer and producer of the upcoming documentary The Lafayette Escadrille. He teaches drawing for the Smithsonian Associates, and writes for the Smithsonian’s Air & Space magazine and the Folger Library’s Shakespeare and Beyond blog. His theatrical concert To Swing Through the Sky premiered in 2015. He was co-writer and co-producer of the PBS documentary Barnstorming. He has been a curator, interactive producer, and educator for a variety of museums and institutions. He was part of the Wright Experience team for the Centennial of the First Flight in 2003. His career began at the National Gallery of Art and National Museum of African Art. He is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis. www.glenshawcreative.com


Gil Cohen: Drawing the Human Figure

The essence of this class is to obtain proficiency in drawing the human form. The object is to capture the essence of the gesture of the figure, not details such as likeness. Our models will be re-enactors in aviation uniforms posing against the inspired setting of aircraft of the Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

Supplies for this class should include pencils, erasers, drawing pad, portable pencil sharpener or knife, plus a container to hold sharpened debris. In addition, if you wish, you may bring markers, pens, pastels, or small portable easels. The use of oil paints for this class is discouraged.



Week at a Glance:

Monday, May 6th Registration—come early, register, and mingle with your fellow ASAA family members. Hospitality will be open after dinner.

Tuesday, May 7th Tour the Museum and Art Exhibit—we will tour the museum and view the exhibition in the morning. Lunch will be on your own at the museum. Michael O’Neal will give a brief tour of the newly dedicated WWI monument in the memorial garden sometime in the afternoon. Those who would like to join him are welcome.

Wednesday, May 8th Plein Air Painting Day with Marc Poole. We will travel to Russ Turner’s air field located in Xenia Ohio, affectionately called Les Noyers (The annoying one). It’s a reproduction WWI airfield with two airplanes under construction and a vintage pilot’s lounge. If we’re lucky, we might get a fly-by from a New Standard D-25. The Business dinner is that evening at the hotel.

Thursday, May 9th Drawing and Painting Day at NMUSAF. We are welcome to spend the entire day at the museum for drawing and painting. Lunch is on your own at the café. In the afternoon, a meet-and-greet is on the agenda to mingle with the public. Since the museum will be advertising this event, the public will be aware of artists working amidst the airplanes. Any artists who wish to discuss their work in the gallery can do so at 2 p.m. An opening reception for artists and VIP guests is scheduled for the evening with light hors d’oeuvres.

Friday, May 10th Figure Drawing Day. We will begin with a presentation from Priscilla Messner-Patterson on the work she has been doing with law enforcement, sketching the faces of criminals based on descriptions from the victims. We will then travel to the museum for a class on the Figure as Practicum from Gil Cohen. Lunch will be on your own. We will travel to the Dayton Art Institute for a class on drawing from sculptures given by Paul Glenshaw, art instructor at the Smithsonian Institutions in D.C. The awards banquet will be held at the hotel that evening. Business attire is the dress. Hospitality at 10 p.m.

Saturday, May 11th Critique, Sightseeing, and Hospitality. Our critique session is scheduled at 10 a.m. at the hotel. Download your images to a jump drive for Michael O’Neal, or send them to njaviators@aol.com prior to the event. The remainder of the day is reserved for sightseeing around the beautiful and historic sites of the Dayton area. For those still in town, we’ll have hospitality open for the night.

Dress for the Week: Since Wednesday will be the only day we are primarily outside, you will need to dress accordingly for air conditioning. Most often, museums are set at a cool temperature, so bringing an extra sweater might be helpful.

Painting Supplies: ASAA will provide odorless thinner for painting, but you are required to bring your own paints, canvas, and easels for the drawing and painting days. You should bring sketching materials as well.