United States Sports Academy selects Primo Angeli as ‘Sport Artist of the Year’

By Tamara Ikenberg

The United States Sports Academy, based in Daphne, has just named Olympic poster designer Primo Angeli “2013 Sport Artist of the Year.”

Angeli, the San Francisco based artist, was presented with the award at the annual “Awards of Sport Event” on November 1 at The United States Sports Academy. In past years, the honor has gone to LeRoy Neiman, Bernie Fuchs, Rick Rush, Harry Weber, Stephen Holland, and Paul Goodnight among other notables.

Primo Angeli, the well known international Clio Award-winning Brand and Package designer, won for his poster “London Calling,” which displayed the ancient Greek discus thrower Discopolis, 450 BC, wearing an armband bearing the 2012 London Olympics logo. Angeli is also being celebrated for his entire body of work in sport art. His recently released book “PRIMO: Celebratory Posters,” (Año Nuevo Press, San Francisco, 2012) contains a selection of 50 posters he has designed in four decades of his art in graphic design.

Martin Linson, who was recognized by The International Olympic Committee for his bronze sculpture of an Olympian crossing the finish line in a wheelchair, also received an award. “These are two excellent artists who embody the Olympic Movement through their artworks,” said Dr. Thomas Rosandich, president and founder of the United States Sports Academy in a press release. “The award goes to individuals who capture the spirit and life of sport so that future generations can relive the drama of today’s competition.”