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In the 1920’s a group of celebrated artists decided to organize for the protection of the interests of artists residing and working in the United States. The standardization of the quality of artists’ pigments, the promotion of high standards of artistic performance, integrity and craftsmanship were among the original purposes. The majority of this new organization were members of the National Academy of Design, the Salmagundi Club and the Society of Illustrators.

From its establishment in 1928, The American Artists Professional League (AAPL) has been a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of traditional realism in American fine art. Almost one hundred years later, the League continues to maintain its base in New York City, at the fabled Salmagundi Club on 5th Avenue. The AAPL is composed of a curated group of almost 500 member-artists across the country representing the finest of American Realism. The AAPL sponsors Member shows and our flagship Grand National Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club. New member applications are reviewed monthly.

Every year at our exhibits, the League presents $15-20,000 in awards and medals through contributions made to its American Artists Fund. Since 1956 the AAPL has conducted a Scholarship Program through the Fund. This year, 2021, has seen the creation of The AAPL Award of $2,000 through the Art Renewal Center.

For information on the League’s programs, exhibits, and to apply for membership go to

Denny Bond "Just Beat It", watercolor on paper, Elected Artist Member

Douglas Aja "Dionysus", sculpture, Fellow Maxima Cum Laude Member

Marianne Knipe "Foot Path", pastel, Fellow Member

Tammy Liu-Haller "Elmo", mixed media, Fellow Member

Victor Mordasov "Still Life with Bread", oil, Fellow Maxima Cum Laude Member

Gallery view of the Grand National Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club

08 November 2021 to 19 November 2021

93rd Grand National Exhibition & Sale

47 5th Ave, New York, NY

The 93rd Grand National Exhibition at The Salmagundi Club

47 Fifth Avenue, NYC

November 8, 2021 to November 19, 2021.

A preview of all the work in the Exhibition is available on

A selection of work will be available for purchase through 

The 93rd Grand National Exhibition and virtual show honors the finest in representational and traditional realism art. 

The Awards Judge will be Peter Trippi, editor-in-chief of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine. Awards will be announced after the opening, however the reception has been cancelled out of concern for the safety of our Patrons and Artists.

In its ongoing effort to promote and encourage artists specializing in realistic art forms, the AAPL has staged a Grand National Exhibition for 93 years. Each year, hundreds of applicants from all 50 states in all media submit their work for review by a selection committee consisting of professional artists in the fields of oil, water-media, pastel, graphics and sculpture.