FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 14 April 2012
On 14 April 2012, the Plein-Air Painters of America announced the 2012 recipients of the PAPA Plein-Air Lifetime Achievement Award. “We are honored to recognize M. Stephen Doherty who has tirelessly supported the field of representational art and plein-air painting in particular for more than three decades,” said PAPA President Gil Dellinger at the Saturday morning gathering of some 500 artists and art materials vendors at the Plein Air Convention & Expo in Las Vegas, NV.
BRINGING ARTISTS TOGETHER. In particular, Dellinger identified Doherty’s role in unifying the desperate groups of plein-air painters on the East and West coasts of the United States. “For nearly a decade beginning in the 1990s, Steve brought together artists from across the country to work together and share ideas and projects supported in part by the Forbes family and gallery,” says Dellinger.
Those insightful gatherings spawned group exhibitions, including one inspired by a longing to help heal the country following the events of September 11, 2001. Forty-seven artists were invited to paint together in New York, California and Missouri. "Steve was instrumental in identifying artists and the painting locations, which resulted in a 2004 exhibition titled From Sea to Shining Sea,” says Dellinger, adding that the exhibit was organized by The Haggin Museum and traveled to a dozen museums across the country.
A FORCE FOR REPRESENTATIONAL ART. Doherty’s involvement in the arts goes back to the 1970s. With his Masters of Fine Arts degree from Cornell University, he served 31 years as editor-in-chief of American Artist, American Artist Watercolor, and American Artist Drawing magazines. He is currently the editor-in-chief of the print and digital editions of PleinAir Magazine. Throughout that time he authored hundreds of articles on deceased and contemporary artists working in every media and style, as well as books, including in 2002 The Artist in Nature—Thomas Kinkade and the Plein Air Tradition.
Doherty has judged national art shows and competitions, served on the advisory boards of arts organizations, and frequently lectures on the arts. In the past decade, he has become a committed plein-air painter himself, enjoying what he describes as “the passionate community of artists who share my love for painting from nature outdoors and in the studio.”
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