America china oil painting artists league
Dedicated to promoting the style of Realism, ACOPAL seeks to foster exchange of ideas and techniques through workshops, discussion groups, and touring exhibitions. It was envisioned by Yuehua He and collector Peng Ling, both New Yorkers who kept ties to their homeland. In January, 2010 they facilitated visits of several leading Chinese realist artists to meet their counterparts in New York. The organization followed with Paul McCormack and Patricia Watwood serving as President and Vice President. Other US members include Scott Burdick, Graydon Parrish and Thomas Valenti. The first exhibition was May 17-26, 2011 at the National Arts Club in New York, followed by a 2012 exhibition at the Butler Institute in Youngstown, Ohio. Source: Peter Trippi, 'East/West United in Realism', "Fine Art Connoisseur", June 2011.