TOP 60 MASTERS AWARDS
THE OSCARS OF THE VISUAL ARTS
2023 Press KIT
THE TOP 60 MASTERS: A MULTI-MEDIA EXPERIENCE
The Top 60 Masters Awards is a prestigious award program created by ArtTour International Magazine (ATIM). Dubbed by the media as “The Oscars of the Visual Arts,” the program was designed to recognize and honor 60 exceptional artists worldwide every year, with one artist being named the “Artist of the Year.” The program was established in 2012, and since then, it has become a well-respected and coveted award among artists.
The Top 60 Masters program is more than just an award ceremony and book publication. It’s a multimedia project that celebrates the artistry and creativity of selected artists. What sets this program apart is its emphasis on creating a complete sensory experience for the artists and the audience.
During the award ceremony, artists are presented with the award and get to bask in the glory of being chosen as one of the Top 60 Masters. They also get the opportunity to network and mingle with fellow artists, industry leaders, and art collectors.
In addition to the award ceremony, the Top 60 Masters book is a masterpiece. It features stunning photos of the artworks and interviews with the artists. It is no wonder that it has been an Amazon bestseller for two years in a row.
But the multimedia project continues. ATIM’s partner and TV channel, Vivid Arts Network, creates a state-of-the-art TV show that showcases the award ceremony and interviews with the artists. This show is broadcasted globally, reaching a wider audience and giving the chosen artists even more exposure.
The Top 60 Masters program is not just an award but an opportunity to be a part of a multimedia project that celebrates art in all its forms. Artists chosen for this program get to experience the thrill of being a part of something big and the satisfaction of being recognized for their talents.
TOP 60 MASTERS AWARDS CEREMONY
THE OSCARS OF THE VISUAL ARTS
Celebrated Around The World!
The Top 60 Masters Awards by ArtTour International is an esteemed celebration in the art industry, where exceptional artists from all over the globe are recognized for their remarkable contributions. This year’s ceremony will take place at the Museum of Art and Design in New York City in collaboration with Create4Peace.org. This event has been hosted in prestigious locations such as Florence, Montagnac, and Miami, and this year’s ceremony promises to be another unforgettable night, honoring the excellence of art.
THE TOP 60 MASTERS AWARDS
Top 60 Masters features artists who have received the prestigious ATIM Masters Award. This award includes a replica of “Rising Above,” a sculpture created by ArtTour International’s Editor-in-Chief, Viviana Puello, to inspire artists to pursue their dreams. This year’s sculpture, in Ferrari Red, is a symbol of the fight against war, violence, and inequality and a call for world peace. It serves as a reminder that the struggle for peace continues.
24 Carat Gold Award
A famous Italian porcelain company in Nove, Italy, creates the reproductions in porcelain and then plate them with 24-carat gold. This unique, spectacular sculpture embodies everything ATIM stands for.
It is a 25-cm angel-like figure with magnificent open wings and extended arms painted in Ferrari Red Enamel and Gold.
ONLY 60 ARTISTS ARE SELECTED EACH YEAR!
THE TOP 60 MASTERS BOOK
The Art World’s Best: Top 60 Masters 2023 Book Now Available
Introducing the newly released Top 60 Masters 2023 book! This 11th edition showcases the works of 60 contemporary artists carefully selected from a pool of over 1200 submissions. Art enthusiasts and collectors can now enjoy the best of the best in the art world through this highly-anticipated publication by ArtTour International Publications.
ArtTour International Magazine is a leading publication in the contemporary art world, and the Top 60 Masters series is one of its most sought-after publications. Viviana Puello, the Founder, and Editor-in-Chief of ArtTour International Magazine, curated this edition of the Top 60 Masters with expertise and an artistic eye that promises to impress.
Alan Grimandi, Co-Founder of ArtTour International, contributed to the book’s graphic direction, ensuring that it features remarkable artwork and beautiful design. With Puello and Grimandi’s curation and expertise, the Top 60 Masters 2023 book is a must-have for any art lover.
Since its inception, the ArtTour International team has been devoted to featuring the most talented contemporary artists, and their latest publication, Top 60 Masters, is a testament to this commitment. This edition, filled with exceptional artistry, is a valuable addition to any collection.
What’s new in the 2023 edition? The book highlights 60 outstanding artists chosen from a pool of over 1200 submissions. This year’s collection is even more diverse, showcasing artists from different genres and mediums.
ArtTour International Publications has always celebrated diversity and excellence in the art world. The judges underwent a rigorous selection process to choose the best among the best, considering the artists’ unique styles, techniques, and talents.
The Top 60 Masters 2023 book features some of the most influential and impressive contemporary artists. Notable inclusions are Pat Gagic, Susan N. McCullough, and Thomas Lockhart. Pat Gagic, the Artist of the Year 2023 and cover artist, is known for her stunning abstract paintings that showcase her mastery of color and texture. Susan N. McCullough, the interior cover Master Artist, is an American master oil painter who creates large studio paintings that reflect and intensify a sense of color and focus on design. Thomas Lockhart, the Back Cover Master Artist, is an accomplished painter whose thought-provoking images explore themes of identity, equality, justice, and history.
Don’t wait any longer! Grab a copy of the Top 60 Masters 2023 book and discover some of the most exceptional contemporary artists worldwide.
Overall, the Top 60 Masters 2023 book is a must-have for anyone interested in contemporary art. With stunning images and insightful profiles of each Artist, this book provides a fascinating glimpse into the art world’s current state. Whether you are a seasoned collector or a newcomer to the art world, this book will surely inspire and amaze you.
Discover top contemporary art in the Top 60 Masters 2023 publication. Each Artist is a master in their field, showcasing diverse styles and mediums, from abstract expressionism to hyperrealism.
Gain insight into these talented artists’ techniques, inspirations, and philosophies through their artist profiles. Discover the unique and awe-inspiring approaches and visions that make each master stand out.
ArtTour International Publications’ Top 60 Masters 2023 book is a must-have for art enthusiasts. It showcases 60 talented contemporary artists selected from 1200 submissions, offering stunning visuals and detailed artist profiles. Each page is a visual delight, displaying these artists’ exceptional craftsmanship and unique styles.
The founders and curators of ArtTour International Publications have once again outdone themselves in creating a stunning publication that captures the essence of contemporary art. The Top 60 Masters 2023 book is a must-have for anyone who appreciates fine art.
We’re excited to share that the in 2021 Top 60 Masters became an Amazon Best Seller in several categories!
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ABOUT THE PUBLISHERS
ARTTOUR INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE
Winners of The Public Media Award of Excellence!
ArtTour International is the most iconic worldwide multimedia platform in the art industry. The platform offers print and digital magazines, an award-winning TV show, and a TV Channel reaching ten million worldwide viewers!
ArtTour International Magazine offers international exposure to artists in all stages of their careers to a global audience to help them share their message and earn a living doing what they love.
ATIM’s award-winning ArtTour International TV show, hosted by international art celebrity Viviana Puello, was awarded the Olee Public Media Awards of Excellence in New York. The show gives life-changing exposure to artists around the globe. Our show airs on MNN-HD Spectrum 1993 Every Thursday at 5:30 pm. Watch via Livestream. The Vivid Arts Network TV Channel streams all day on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, and online.
ArtTour International Magazine has inspired art lovers for the last thirteen years by showcasing the world’s most talented master artists. As leaders in the multimedia art space, ArtTour International has given exposure to hundreds of artists in all stages of their career journey. Their platform has grown exponentially, including their award-winning magazine, a TV show, international events, and beyond. Their commitment to excellence in art is evident as their platform gives life-changing exposure to artists from all stages and spaces from over 205 countries worldwide.
ArtTour International is a unique art magazine that supports art activists who address social and environmental issues. It promotes art to collectors, galleries, museums, and art lovers across the globe.
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What they say about us!
Below find the most recent articles written about ArtTour International
Viviana Puello is a successful author, speaker, media producer, artist, and creator of ArtTour International. This innovative multimedia platform is a leading force in the art industry, with a global audience of over two million readers in 198 countries. ArtTour International offers various media outlets, such as print and digital publications, an award-winning TV show, a Podcast, and a PR Agency.
Viviana is dedicated to saving our planet and has taken on the volunteer leadership role for The Climate Reality Project, an organization directed by former Vice President Al Gore. She uses her platforms to raise awareness about environmental issues.
Viviana launched the “TONANTZIN – A Call For Mother Earth” project in 2021. Through a partnership with EART.ORG, the project has achieved tremendous success, garnering over 70,000 views on YouTube and millions more on television.
Viviana Puello has gained recognition for her work from various media sources, such as Forbes, the Washington Post, CBS News, ABC, Fox, NBC, CEO Weekly, LA Wire, NY Wire, and the American Reporter.
Alan Grimandi, CEO and co-founder of ArtTour International Magazine, is an award-winning Italian filmmaker, Director, Producer, Multi-Media Designer, and an advocate for the arts.
Recipient of the “Best First Time Director” by New York Film Awards for his film “Kintsugi-The Line Of Destiny,” which also received the “Top Documentary Award” with the Top Shorts Film Festival.
Grimandi introduced himself to the art world at an early age and stumbled upon an artistic career that has brought him significant accomplishments.
Grimandi has served the art industry for over fifteen years using his experience in filmmaking to help art entrepreneurs and art organizations. From short promo ads, elaborate video productions to compelling film and documentaries, Grimandi’s award-winning video production team has helped convert many dreams into cinematographic realities.
On his first project as a filmmaker, Grimandi’s experience and creativity came together to produce a great short film that has gained him acclaim by critics in the industry.
Patricia Karen Gagic, an accomplished international artist, author, humanitarian, and speaker, has exhibited her work worldwide. We are pleased to announce that she has been named ArtTour International’s Artist of the Year.
Patricia Karen Gagic is a renowned artist who has perfected her unique style for over 30 years. Her art combines soul and abstract elements, which she learned from her mentor, Dragan Dragic, a French Master.
Gagic’s latest focus is creating “Karmic Art Experience” pieces that take viewers on emotional and spiritual journeys. Her art has earned her a place among the world’s most sought-after artists, and her work is featured in various art publications and exhibitions worldwide.
Gagic’s mentor, Dragan Dragic, taught her how to generate many creative ideas that find expression in her paintings and photographs. Her art explores the concept of the Karmic Art Experience, allowing her to tap into a deeper level of spirituality and create pieces that capture the subject’s physical attributes and essence.
Her abstract works use light, shadow, color, and texture to explore the connection between the physical and spiritual realms. Each piece is renowned for its elegance, form, and depth of imagination.
She has received many awards and honors for her art, including the Gold Medal in Photography at the SNBA (Salon de la Societé Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Paris) in 2018 and the Excellence in the Arts for Courage and Commitment to Human Rights, Dignity, and Freedom award in 2017. She is also one of the 2023 recipients of the TOP 60 Masters by ArtTour International Magazine.
Before I paint a new canvas, many times, I will envision painting it as I fall asleep and I work it out in my head until I know the direction I will take the next morning. Sometimes I do not wait until the next morning. I find it all a labor of love, fun and exciting with every brush stroke I take . . .” – Susan N. McCollough.
As an oil painter, American master artist Susan McCollough creates large studio paintings that reflect and intensify a sense of color and focus on design. Passionate about using solid landscape painting techniques to develop exemplary works, the award-winning artist isn’t limited to just one form of style. From oils on canvas and acrylic paintings to sculpture, charcoal, ink drawings, and innovative color palettes, McCollough combines contemporary techniques to create inspiring work.
Using her distinctive expressionist style, McCollough showcases her skilled eye for color, form, light, and a deep awareness of nature. As shown in some of her most recent works, such as “Perpetual Journey,” “Beyond Reach,” and “Focus,” McCollough can captivate her audience and take them on an inspiring journey that exudes determination, sensitivity and delicate handling of the world. For McCollough, her creative process is a returning joy in her life through each phase in time; she shares the vital role those close to her have played in the success of her career. Paying homage to her late father, she shares the bond and connection created through art and the never-ending support she received upon opening her gallery.
McCollough has shown her works internationally and received numerous awards. Her creations are rapidly acquired and highly anticipated. Her life is worth examining when experiencing her work. She is A worldly woman with a spectrum of experiences to share in her palette. She is bold, as is her ability to recreate herself in her work, time and time again.
Dr. Thomas Elias Lockhart III is a truly inspiring figure. His passion and dedication to his craft is evident in every piece he creates. As a self-taught artist, he has honed his skills in various styles and mediums, constantly pushing himself to improve and grow. His love for art and color shines through in his work, and he takes great pride in sharing his knowledge with others, especially children. Ultimately, Thomas hopes his art will inspire others to pursue their dreams and appreciate the beauty of the world. He looks up to legendary artists like El Salvador Dalí, Thomas Kinkade, Paul Goodnight, George Hunt, and Zoaming Wu for inspiration and strives to create work that is just as meaningful and impactful.
Thomas Lockhart, an accomplished painter, has been selected to be the featured artist on the back cover of the Top 60 Masters 2023. Through his thought-provoking images, he explores themes of identity, equality, justice, and history.
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Logo History: Humberto Jose Orozco, ArtTour International’s head of the web design department, created the original Top 60 Masters logo in 2012 as part of a branding assignment. Alan Grimandi, CEO of the company, approved the final design in May 2012 for the release of the first Top 60 Masters publication. The initial design remains intact.
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