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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 over $35,000 in awards and medals through contributions made to its American Artists Fund. Since 1956 the AAPL has conducted a Scholarship Program through the Fund. Since 2021, The AAPL Award scholarship of $5,000 has been awarded through the Art Renewal Center. Additionally, a $5,000 scholarship is awarded to a student of traditional realism at the Art Students League of New York.

For information on the AAPL'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

95th Grand National Exhibition set-up for awards jurying.

93rd Grand National Exhibition, Skylight Gallery, Sallmagundi Club of NY.

16 May 2024 to 07 August 2024

Call for Entries: 96th Grand National Exhibition

47 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

45 USD

96th Grand National Exhibition Call for Entries. Show dates are October 28th through November 15th, 2024. Apply online at from May 16 to August 7, 2024 The American Artists Professional League (AAPL) is pleased to announce the 96th Grand National Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club of New York. The in-person Exhibition and virtual show honors the finest in representational and traditional realism, painting, drawing and sculpture. Open to artists who are at least 18 years old and who live or work in the United States and territories. Awards include the President’s Gold Medal (best in show) $5,000, four $3,000 awards, three $1,000 awards, six $500 awards, the Almenara Award of $300 and an invitation to the Almenara Prize Exhibition in Spain, advertising awards with our publishing partners Fine Art Connoisseur and American Art Collector, plus many valuable merchandise awards. Go to to download the prospectus.