World's Best Religious Painters: America's Best Galleries Name Richter, Grozdanovski, Conant, Lialko, Sharp, Jurgilaite And Spinks

11/16/2016 07:08 pm ET

The 25 Best Galleries And Museums In America annually vote on 50 categories of online art.

This year the American Art Awards (www.AmericanArtAwards.com) had winners from 40 countries including Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, England, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, UK, USA, and Wales.

In CATEGORY 38, RELIGIOUS OR SPIRITUAL, galleries awarded 1st Place to Austria's Jolanda Richter. Tying for 2nd was Serbia's Ivan Grozdanovski and America's Nancy Conant. UK's Rachel Sharp tied for 3rd with American Iryna Lialko, who also took 6th Place. Lithuania's Aiste Jurgilaite was awarded 4th. 5th went to American Johanna Spinks.

2016 AMERICAN ART AWARDS WINNING ARTISTS FOR CATEGORY 38. RELIGIOUS / SPIRITUAL:

1ST PLACE: JOLANDA RICHTER, AUSTRIA, www.jolanda.at, “Song Of The Spirits Over The Waters” 120 x 120cm Oil.

2ND – TIE: IVAN GROZDANOVSKI, SERBIA, https://www.facebook.com/Ivan-Grozdanovski-360722220804678/, "Seam Of Our Souls" 102 x 34cm Acrylic on panel.

2ND – TIE: NANCY CONANT, USA, www.restoredanew.org, "His Peaceable Kingdom - Isaiah 11:6" 40 x 53" Pastel.

3RD – TIE: IRYNA LIALKO, USA, instagram@iryna_lialko, "Sun Meditation" 72 x 58" Oil, canvas, goldleaf.

3RD – TIE: RACHEL SHARP, UK, www.rachelsharp.com, "Buddhist Monk (4)" 8 x 10" Oil on canvas.

4TH PLACE: AISTĖ JURGILAITĖ, LITHUANIA, www.aiste-art.com, "Hesitation" 120 x 80cm Acrylic on canvas.

5TH PLACE: JOHANNA SPINKS, USA, www.johannaspinks.com, "Rt. Rev. J. Jon Bruno" 50 x 40" Oil on linen.

6TH PLACE: IRYNA LIALKO, USA, instagram@iryna_lialko, "Meditation With Mudra Tooth Of Dragon" 46 x 58" Oil, canvas, gold leaf.

BIO ON 1ST PLACE WINNER JOLANDA RICHTER.

Jolanda Richter was born in 1971 in Almelo, Netherlands. At the age of three the family moved to Hamburg, later at the age of six to Vienna. She soon engaged in art and music and was subsequently admitted into the prestigious ‘University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna‘, where she studied cello for five years. Since childhood Jolanda also displayed remarkable rendering skills, but music and performances consumed her time. Longing to paint, she enrolled at the ‘University of Applied Arts Vienna‘ in 1994, in the master-class for painting and graphics, from which she graduated in 1999. Since 1993 Jolanda partook in numerous exhibitions in group shows and individual shows throughout Europe and the USA. Currently Jolanda Richter lives and works as freelance-artist near Vienna, Austria.

Previous awards include:

First Prize winner in the ’8. Salon de l’Art Fantastique Européen 2013‘. Le Mont-Dore, France. 2013.

First Prize winner in the ‘International Art Contest 2005‘, Realism, Australia. 2005.

First Prize winner in the ‘17th Intern. Exhibition of Animals in Art‘, Louisiana State University, USA. 2004.

First Prize winner in ‘Access to Active Art Competition 2003‘, United Kingdom. 2003.

Through the paintings of Jolanda Richter, you delve into a world filled with images and suggestions. You can easily forget your existence and become lost to circumstances that seem strangely familiar. She heartily opens up her wide world, inviting you on a journey where light, shadow, and nature reign. Richter tells us about her childhood, mental scars, fears, but also about her wishes, dreams, and hopes. As an individual with acute sensitive awareness, she absorbs her surroundings, feeling wounds and injuries perhaps more intensely than others. In some paintings Richter combines contrasts to transport hope and forebodings. She describes and circumscribes encounters with living persons to allow her inner world to come alive.

SEE MORE OF JOLANDA RICHTER'S WORK HERE: www.jolanda.at

BELOW ARE THE 25 BEST GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS IN AMERICA, 2016, WHO VOTED ON ALL ONLINE ART SUBMISSIONS:

BEST IN CALIFORNIA -- EXCLUSIVE COLLECTIONS GALLERY.

"... professionalism, reputation, gallery space, red carpet events, trajectory, artist roster and clientele... Beverly Hills location... Laguna Beach location... two San Diego locations...”

BEST IN PENNSYLVANIA -- JAMES A. MICHENER ART MUSEUM.

"... 40,000 square feet... world-class group of paintings... 2,800 objects... attract annually more than 135,000 visitors..."

BEST IN ILLINOIS -- HILLIGOSS GALLERIES.

"20 years... Chicago’s Premier Art Gallery. The two-story 8,500 square foot gallery... original paintings by the world's finest living artists, as well as fine prints by historic and 20th century masters."

BEST IN UTAH -- UTAH MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART.

"...epitome of a contemporary museum... an award-winning aesthetic force and community leader since it was established 85 years ago... four-time recipient of funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation..."

BEST IN IOWA -- MOBERG GALLERY.

"... exceptional eye for contemporary masterpieces... procured work for museums, corporate collections, private collections... sets the standard for modern art in the Midwest."

BEST IN RHODE ISLAND -- RISD MUSEUM.

"140 years... 100,000 objects... Impressionist paintings, 20th- and 21st-century design, Gorham silver, 12th-century Buddha... Cézanne, Degas, Matisse, Manet, Picasso, Rothko, Sargent, Turner, van Gogh, Warhol..."

BEST IN COLORADO -- COLORADO SPRINGS FINE ART CENTER.

"132,000 sq. ft... one of the only multi-discipline arts institutions... For nearly 100 years, the top cultural attraction of the Pikes Peak region... world’s finest art... "

BEST IN SOUTH DAKOTA -- SOUTH DAKOTA ART MUSEUM.

"Since 1970... artistic legacy of South Dakota in all its diversity. Harvey Dunn, Native American art, Marghab Linens... 7,000 objects in its collection..."

BEST IN NEBRASKA -- KIECHEL FINE ART.

"...few have the roster and esteem as Keichel... discerning eye... three story four gallery showplace... many of the top Midwestern Contemporary artists... "

BEST IN LOUISIANA -- NEWCOMB ART MUSEUM.

"... founded in 1886... pays tribute to its heritage through shows that recognize the contributions of women to the fields of art and design...."

BEST IN SOUTH CAROLINA -- MARY MARTIN GALLERY OF FINE ART.

"...museum quality art ... number one tourist destination in America... on par with Beverly Hill’s Rodeo Drive and NY’s Fifth Avenue..."

BEST IN KENTUCKY -- E&S GALLERY.

"... professionalism, reputation, gallery space, exhibitions, artist roster and clientele ... 11,000 square foot gallery... African American art with an unmatched selection of artists, medium, subject matter, and genres... "

BEST IN INDIANA -- GRUNWALD GALLERY OF ART.

"... thirty exhibits annually... collaborate with scientists and scholars to produce exhibits that interpret visual art in a broader scientific or humanities context... "

BEST IN HAWAII -- LIK LAHAINA, LIKE WAIKIKI.

"Peter Lik has 13 exceptional gallery locations throughout the word and is the most successful photographer in the world... sold upwards of $500 million... Lik’s works make up four of the top 20 most expensive photographs ever sold."

BEST IN NEVADA -- NEVADA MUSEUM OF ART.

"...four-story structure... 2,500 works of 19th through 21st-century art... inspiring dialogue about the impact of human activity on natural environments..."

BEST IN NEW JERSEY -- EVALYN DUNN GALLERY.

"It is very rare to find a gallery so successful that it is approaching it’s 60th year... also features the finest 20th Century American and European art..."

BEST IN FLORIDA -- ART FUSION GALLERIES.

"8,000 square foot... in the heart of Miami’s Wynwood Art District... preeminent gallery in Miami for integrating the best of Emerging to Mid-Career Contemporary artists... represents over 1,000... "

BEST IN MINNESOTA -- DOUBLETAKE GALLERY.

"...enormous international Internet presence, with millions of hits... LeRoy Neiman, Salvador Dali, Peter Max, Frederick Hart, Erte, Norman Rockwell... fine art consignment and brokerage service... "

BEST IN IDAHO -- PRICHARD ART GALLERY.

"...premier venue for the state of Idaho... critically engaged, forward thinking arts space... freedom-oriented... encourages experimentation... emerging as well as established artists... "

BEST IN OKLAHOMA -- OKLAHOMA CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER.

"...Nonprofit organization... encourages artistic expression... Oklahoma’s top artists... $26 million capital campaign... spectacular new facility just south of downtown OK..."

BEST IN NEW MEXICO -- WILDER NIGHTINGALE GALLERY.

"22 years... eclectic works ranging from contemporary abstracts to traditional Taos landscapes... Leading artist such as BJ Briner, Tom Noble, Rory Wagner, Margaret Nes and Stephen Day..."

BEST IN MICHIGAN -- ART LEADERS GALLERY.

"10,000 square foot show room... over 24 years they have earned an impeccable reputation and are one of the leading residential and corporate art dealers in the state."

BEST IN OREGON -- BRONZE COAST GALLERY.

"24th year... one of the Oregon Coast's premiere fine art galleries... specializing in limited edition bronze sculpture... popular tourist attraction... award-winning regional, national and international artists..."

BEST IN WASHINGTON -- BRICK WALL PHOTOGRAPHIC GALLERY.

""...only Spokane gallery dedicated entirely to photography... some of the finest photography in America... nature, landscapes, as well as contemporary compositions by students and educators..."

BEST IN MAINE -- FARNSWORTH ART MUSEUM.

"20,000 square feet... 15,000 works. For nearly seventy years, they have exhibited a nationally recognized collection of art from America’s greatest artists..."

ARTISTS CAN ENTER FOR 2017 HERE: www.AmericanArtAwards.com

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