American Artists Professional League

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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