Traveling Exhibition & Member Exhibitions

Traveling Exhibit (TE) | TE History | Member Exhibitions Overview | MAA Exhibitions History


From 1989 through 2014, the Miniature Artists of America promoted public education on miniature art through a traveling exhibition of Signature Members' works that traveled to over 100 venues across the United States and once in Japan. The exhibition was accompanied by printed handouts, VHS tapes and signage in the early years. With the arrival of the digital age, the MAA TE contained everything pertaining to the society on DVDs, including the book Modern Masters of Miniature Art In America that celebrated the MAA's 25th Anniversary in 2010. The exhibit featured new works on a rotating basis every 4-5 years with the participants featured on the pages linked below.


Artists Featured in the Exhibitions:

Artists included in the 2008-2012 Traveling Exhibition
Artists included in the 2004-2008 Traveling Exhibition
Artists included in the 2000-2004 Traveling Exhibition
Artists included in the 1997-1999 Traveling Exhibition
Artists included in the 1994-1995 Traveling Exhibition
Artists included in the 1991-1994 Traveling Exhibition
Artists included in the 1989-1991 Traveling Exhibition
Artists included in the 1989 Colorworks Exhibition
Artists included in the 1988 Inaugural Exhibition

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MAA Exhibitions Overview

    Miniature art is often described as "fine original art done in small scale." A commonly accepted American guideline among many of today's miniaturists is that subjects do not exceed one-sixth their natural size. Exceptions are permitted for abstractions or tiny subjects not lending themselves to the one-sixth application provided they embrace the delicate essence and spirit of miniaturism.
    MAA's Inaugural Exhibit was held at the Arts Club of Washington, DC in June 1988. A second public exhibit was held in March 1989, at the Color Works Art Gallery in Hilton Head, South Carolina.
    Laura Parker Schofer, past MAA president, envisioned a MAA Traveling Exhibit (TE) to tour throughout the USA educating and promoting miniature art. In 1989, Laura’s vision turned into reality when a juried MAA Traveling Exhibit was inaugurated. Her vision went beyond all expectations. A juried Traveling Exhibit of Signature Members' works was inaugurated in 1989. It has since visited cities from coast-to-coast, bringing to nearly one hundred art museums, galleries and cultural organizations the story of contemporary American miniaturism. In February 1998, the exhibit made its first trip abroad, accepting an invitation by the City of Clearwater to join its ‘Pavilion in the Sun’ at the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. Over 125,000 visitors passed through the Pavilion. The exhibit then opened the new millennium in January at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida. Fall of 2000 the exhibit was displayed at the exhibit at the 2nd World Federation Exhibition of Fine Arts in Miniature in Hobart, Tasmania, followed by a three-week appearance in the Florida World Pavilion at the Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. The exhibit was displayed during the 3rd World Federation Exhibition of Fine Arts in Miniature in the International Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC in June of 2004. MAA Signature Members, Wes and Rachelle Siegrist, demonstrated their miniature painting techniques to the public during the exhibition.
    MAA, a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to bringing recognition to artists in the vanguard of restoring this long-neglected aspect of our cultural heritage to its proper stature. It encourages artists to affiliate with major miniature societies and participate in their juried exhibits.

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MAA Traveling Exhibition History

2014 Exhibition Venues:
Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin, FL (Alongside the MASF Exhibition)

2013 Exhibition Venues:
Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, Tarpon Springs, FL (Alongside the MASF Exhibition)
MasterWorks of New Mexico Fine Art Show, Expo New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Julia A. Purnell Museum, Snow Hill, MD
Harvey County Historical Museum, Newton, KS

2012 Exhibition Venues:
Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin, FL
MasterWorks of New Mexico Fine Art Show, Expo New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Townsend Artisans Guild, Townsend, TN. (MAA artists Wes and Rachelle Siegrist discussed their career with the group. Two of the four MAA TE cases were on display)
Artistic Designs Gallery, Brownsburg, IN in conjunction with the 6th Annual Miniature Fine Art Show. (MAA Historian, Wes Siegrist presents a lecture on "The History and Challenges of Working in Miniature Art" at 7:30PM during the reception on the July, 13th.)
Art & Antique Studio & Gallery, Melbourne, FL

2011 Exhibition Venues:
Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin, FL
Fredlund Gallery, Winter Park, FL
MasterWorks of New Mexico Fine Art Show, Expo New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, Columbus, MS
Yadkin Cultural Arts Center, Yadkinville, NC - MAA Historian, Wes Siegrist, to provide a lecture and program to the public.
Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center, Hillsboro, OR

2010 Exhibition Venues:
Page-Walker Arts & History Center, Cary, NC
The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center Museum, Townsend, TN - Special events with miniature painting demonstrations by MAA Signature Member Rachelle Siegrist, and MAA Candidate, Catherine Girard. MAA Historian, Wes Siegrist, provided a lecture and program to the public.
MasterWorks of New Mexico Fine Art Show, Expo New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Mary E. Tippitt Memorial Library, Townsend, TN

2009 Exhibition Venues:
Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin, FL
MasterWorks of New Mexico Fine Art Show, Expo New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Hampton Bays Public Library, Hampton Bays, NY
Blount County Public Library, Maryville, TN - Special event with a lecture/demo by MAA Signature Members Rachelle & Wes Siegrist.

2008 Exhibition Venues: (New display of 35 works by 35 Signature Members)
MasterWorks of New Mexico Fine Art Show, Expo New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

2007 Exhibition Venues:
South Shore Regional Library, Ruskin, FL - Special event with a lecture from MAA President Kay Petryszak and a demonstration on miniature painting from MAA member, Judy Johnson.
MasterWorks of New Mexico Fine Art Show, Expo New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Center Place Fine Arts & Civic Association, Brandon, FL
Visual Arts Center, Punta Gorda, FL - Special event with the video Timeless Treasures and a lecture/ demo by Klaus Strubel (MAA Signature Member as of 2009).

2006 Exhibition Venues:
Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin, FL
MasterWorks of New Mexico Fine Art Show, Expo New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Headwaters Art & Conference Center, Dubois, WY - MAA Signature Member Wes Siegrist demonstrated and discussed miniature painting at the Susan K. Black Foundation’s Annual Workshop. Mary E. Tippitt Memorial Library, Townsend, TN
Fine Arts Blount, Maryville, TN - Program presented by MAA Signature Member Wes Siegrist.

2005 Exhibition Venues:
Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin, FL
MasterWorks of New Mexico Fine Art Show, Expo New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

2004 Exhibition Venues: (New display of 48 works by 48 Signature Members)
Ripley Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC - MAA Signature Members Rachelle & Wes Siegrist demonstrated to the public as part of the 3rd World Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature. MAA President, Kay Petryszak, had on display three panels highlighting the MAA and its history with photos, brochures and certificates.
Cornell Museum, Delray Beach, FL

2003 Exhibition Venues:
Hispanic Arts Building, Expo New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Mountain Valley Arts Council, Guntersville, AL

2002 Exhibition Venues:
Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin, FL
MasterWorks of New Mexico Fine Art Show, Expo New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, Lake Oswego, OR - Curators, MAA Signature Members: Katherine Friday and Jeanette Mullane.
Eustis Museum of Art, Eustis, FL

2001 Exhibition Venues:
MASF Reception, Clearwater, FL
Berkley Prep School, Tampa, FL
MasterWorks of New Mexico Fine Art Show, Expo New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Various venues in Benson, MN
Millbridge Historical Society, ME
Ellsworth Public Library, Ellsworth, ME
Mount Valley Arts Association, Glen, NH
Black Mountain Center for the Arts, Black Mountain, NC

2000 Exhibition Venues: (New display of 46 works by 46 Signature Members)
Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL
Valley Art Center, Chagrin Falls, OH
MasterWorks of New Mexico Fine Art Show, Expo New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Eustis Museum of Art, Eustis, FL
Australian Society of Miniature Art (VIC) - Society viewing in Melbourne, Australia.
Hobart’s 19th Century Town Hall, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia - Special Event: MAA Signature Member Henry Saxon opened the exhibition and demonstrated. WFM Co-Founders, Wally Curtis and Kay Petryszak, chaired the WFM Conference and were interviewed on ABC radio station in Hobart, regarding the Exhibition.
Florida World Pavilion at the Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia - Special event: Mike and Kay Petryszak, MAA President, worked the Pavilion for three weeks, promoting miniature art and interfacing with Florida Secretary of State, Olympic medal winners, visitors and various news media.

1999 Exhibition Venues:
Paramount Theatre and Visual Arts Center, Central Minnesota Arts Board, St. Cloud, MN
Bountiful/Davis Art Center, Bountiful, UT
Fernandina Beach Island Art Association Coop Gallery, Fernandina Beach, FL - MAA Traveling Exhibition Coordinator Mary Kugelman spoke to the Association about miniature art.
Fayetteville Museum of Art, Fayetteville, NC - MAA President Kay Petryszak presented Opening Reception remarks and viewing of Timeless Treasures. The next day she presented a workshop on miniature painting.
The Arts Center of Old Forge, Old Forge, NY

1998 Exhibition Venues:
Clearwater, Florida’s "Pavilion in the Sun" at the Winter Olympics, Nagano, Japan
MasterWorks of New Mexico Fine Art Show, Expo New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
The Paint Spot and Gift Gallery, Black Mountain, NC
West Wind Gallery, Casper, WY

1997 Exhibition Venues: (New display of 43 works by 43 Signature Members)
Maitland Art Center, Maitland, FL
MasterWorks of New Mexico Fine Art Show, Expo New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
St. Pete Beach Public Library, St. Petersburg, FL
Randolph Arts Guild, Asheboro, NC
Bruton Memorial Library, Plant City, FL

1996 Exhibition Venues:
MasterWorks of New Mexico Fine Art Show, Expo New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
San Diego Public Library, San Diego, CA
French Art Colony, Gallipolis, OH

1995 Exhibition Venues:
MAA Annual Meeting, Belleview Mido Resort Hotel, Belleair, FL
West Wind Gallery, Casper, WY
MasterWorks of New Mexico Fine Art Show, Expo New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Museum of Northwest Colorado, Craig, CO

1994 Exhibition Venues: (New display of 37 works by 37 Signature Members)
MAA Annual Meeting, Belleview Mido Resort Hotel, Belleair, FL
Cuyahoga Falls Valley Art Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Featured at an exhibit with Whiskey Painters of America.
Delaplaine Visual Arts Center, Frederick, MD
Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys, Denver, CO
Center Place Fine Arts and Civic Association, Brandon, FL
Designer's Showhouse, Largo, FL

1993 Exhibition Venues:
MASF Exhibition, Belleview Mido Resort Hotel, Belleair, FL
Brevard Community College, Titusville, FL
Thomaston-Upson Arts Council, Thomaston, GA
Westenhook Gallery, Sheffield, ME
Shemer Art Center and Museum, Phoenix, AZ

1992 Exhibition Venues: (New display of 35 works by 35 Signature Members)
Lakeland Library, Lakeland, FL
Toy and Miniature Museum, Kansas City, MO
McCurdy Historical Doll Museum, Provo, UT
Central Utah Art Center, Ephraim, UT
The Price Tower, Bartlesville Museum, Bartlesville, OK
Merced County Regional Arts Council & Arbor Gallery, Merced, CA

1991 Exhibition Venues: (New display of 24 works by 24 Signature Members)
Dixie College, St. George, UT
Center Place Fine Arts and Civic Association, Brandon, FL
St. Paul's School, Concord, NH

1989 thru 1990 Exhibition Venues: (Display of 26 works by 15 Signature Members)
Loudoun House, Lexington, KY
Etowah Creative Arts Council Gallery, Cartersville, GA
Citrus County Art League Gallery, Inglis, FL
Frank Phillips Mansion, Mozart Festival, Bartlesville, OK
Westenhook Gallery, Sheffield, ME
Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT
Charles and Emma Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Tennessee Art League, Nashville, TN

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MAA Exhibitions of Members’ Works

September 2012: 5th Worldwide Exhibition of Fine Arts in Miniature at the Russian Academy of Art, Moscow, Russia
March 2008: 4th Worldwide Exhibition of Fine Arts in Miniature in Burnie, Australia
June 2004: 3rd Worldwide Exhibition of Fine Arts in Miniature in Washington, DC, USA. - MAA Signature Members Rachelle & Wes Siegrist demonstrated miniature painting techniques.
2000: 2nd Worldwide Exhibition of Fine Arts in Miniature in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
1996: 1st Worldwide Exhibition of Fine Arts in Miniature in London, England featured 41 works by 41 Signature Members.
March 1989: Exhibition at Colorworks Club Art Gallery in Hilton Head, SC featured 121 works by 24 Signature Members. - MAA Signature Member Jeanne Dunne and MAA member Marion Simonds demonstrated miniature painting techniques.
June 1988: Inaugural Exhibition at the Arts Club of Washington, DC featured over 163 works by the 19 Signature members of the MAA.

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