The Center for American Marine Art
The Center for American Marine Art

The 41st Schaefer International Marine Art Exhibition

October 11 – November 11, 2024 Sailing Museum, Newport, Rhode Island
Deadline is August 15th. 5 weeks left to enter. Open to all artists.
Reliance v Shamrock by Nicholas Raposo
Reliance v Shamrock by Nicholas Raposo
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Deadline for entry: August 15, 2024
Named after Rudolph J. Schaefer III, a benefactor of the marine art world and founder of the Maritime Gallery at Mystic and its International Exhibition, the Schaefer family is reviving this forty-first iteration of the show, this year at the Sailing Museum in Newport, Rhode Island.


  • To gather and recognize important new contributions to the field of contemporary marine art from around the world.
  • To stimulate discussion of aesthetic and scholarly standards among marine artists and connoisseurs.
  • To support the mission statement of the Center for American Marine Art


  • Any painting, drawing, sculpture, or scratch-built ship model executed within the last two years whose theme relates to past or contemporary maritime experience of the sea and may include images of ships, yachts, coastal waterways, marshes and beaches, marine wildlife in their natural habitat, and the working boats and people whose lives and fortunes depend on the sea.
  • Entries must be executed by a living artist and not previously exhibited elsewhere.
  • By entering, the artist represents and warrants that the artist is and will be the sole creator of the work, that the work will not have been previously exhibited or published, and may not be exhibited on an artists’ website until the opening of the show, that the work will not infringe upon any copyright or violate any law or rights of others, that the work is free from inherent defect, and that the artist has full rights to enter into this agreement.
  • The artist will indemnify and hold The Center for American Marine Art harmless from any breach of these terms.


The judges (to be announced) will convene to award the following:

Rudolph J. Schaefer III Emerging Artist Award
In memory of Rudie Schaefer, the founder and patron of the Maritime Gallery, and his lifelong commitment to recognizing and supporting emerging marine artists.

Stobart Foundation Award
Encouraging the importance of painting from life, the judges will recognize the work that attracts their attention most by virtue of its uniqueness of style, quality of light and atmosphere.

Rudolph J. Schaefer Maritime Heritage Award
In memory of Rudolph J. Schaefer’s devotion to preserving maritime history and making it accessible and enjoyable, the judges will recognize the artist whose work entered in the show best documents our maritime heritage, past or present, for generations of the future.

Marine Environmental Wildlife Award
Acknowledging the importance of preserving the fragile balance within the world’s ecosystems, the judges will recognize the work that best depicts marine mammals, fish, or birds in their native habitat.

The Maritime Gallery Yachting Award
Celebrating the singular pleasures of going to sea, the judges will recognize the work that best captures the beauty and excitement of the sport of yachting in all its many forms.

Awards of Excellence
In addition to the above awards, five works of art exhibited will be recognized as outstanding examples of creativity, insight, and integrity in marine art.

How to Enter

Up to four works may be submitted.

Entries must include:
  • a brief biography of the artist (including education, career experience, maritime experience, art exhibitions and awards. Biographical information must be in essay format. No resumes will be accepted.
  • A brief written description in English on the subject, intent or creation of each work, not to exceed 150 words.
  • High-quality images of submitted work(s).
  • For sculpture, two images of each work is required.

Entry Fees

  • A non-refundable fee of $45.00 for the first entry and $15 each for up to three additional entries.
  • Up to four works may be submitted.
  • The selection committee encourages more than one submission to better evaluate an emerging artist’s work and also to plan a cohesive show.


  • The combined length and width of paintings, drawings, and graphics must not exceed an overall height and width of 90 inches, including frame.
  • The combined length and width of sculpture must not exceed 90 inches – maximum weight 50 lbs.
  • All ship models must be in a display case.
  • All works entered must be available for exhibition and sale by The Center for American Marine Art.
  • By entering, if the work is accepted, it remains on consignment with The Center for American Marine Art for sale at the retail price listed (commission 50%) until work has been returned to the consignor.
  • The Center reserves the right to return any work not fairly represented by the images submitted.


  • works must be professionally framed and wired for hanging. For International works, please provide all hardware for hanging if not already on work.
  • All water medium works must have paper-backing.
  • The use of museum quality or acid free materials throughout framing is mandatory to preserve the integrity of the artwork.
  • Artwork will be insured by The Center for American Marine Art for 50% of the retail value from date of delivery to the Gallery until return to the entrant or delivery to the purchaser.


It is the artist’s responsibility to:
  • arrange for pick up or shipping of any unsold work.
  • It is the responsibility of the artist to notify the gallery of a change of address for shipping.
NOTE: Please ship work in a professional shipping box such as an Air Float, otherwise damaged boxes will not be reused and the artist will be charged an additional packing fee.

Additional Notification Information

Notifications will be emailed by the end of the day on September 2, 2024. We cannot respond to inquiries regarding the status of notifications before that time.

Please add [email protected] to your email safe senders list.

After notifications are sent, you may view the status of your entry in your ShowSubmit artist account’s Entry History. Accepted works will be notated by a green check.

If you do not receive your email, you may also view your notification letter using the View Notification link in your Entry History.

Note: Entries made prior to 2023 may not display the View Notification link.

Image and Filename Specifications

  • Submit your original JPEG image files.
  • Crop out all parts of the photo that are not the actual work; do not show mat, frame, etc, only the work itself.
  • Image must be displayed right side up.
  • You do not need to resize your image files.
  • You do not need to rename your image files.

Additional Entry Information

  • You will pay for your entry by credit or debit card using our secure checkout system.
  • After your entry is submitted and paid for, you may log back in to review your entry, edit artist and image information, and add or substitute images up until the entry deadline (August 15, 2024.)
  • Entry fees are not refundable and must be submitted and paid by the entry deadline.
  • Entries cannot be accepted or changed after the deadline. Incomplete entries will be disqualified.


For questions about the entry process or this website please contact ShowSubmit Support at [email protected]. We will get back to you between 9am and 6pm Eastern Time, Monday to Friday. You can also view the Support Center, Entry Guide, or our FAQ.