About the Royal Society of American Art

The Royal Society of American Art has a unique position in being an independent, privately funded institution led by eminent artists whose purpose is to promote the creation, enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts through studio space and exhibitions.


The Academy was founded by Martin Kalanda and Jason Clay Lewis in 2013. Determined to achieve professional standing for American Art, they also wanted to provide a curator friendly venue for exhibitions that would be open to the public; and studio space through which artists could pass information on to future generations of practitioners.

RSOAA today continues to aspire to promote the arts and present a broad range of visual art to the widest possible audience; to stimulate debate, understanding and creation through education; and to provide a focus for the interests of artists and art-lovers. RSOAA has held annual exhibitions of works for sale since its formation. RSOAA now enjoys an unrivalled reputation as a venue for exhibitions of international importance.


RSOAA is an independent institution. The artists are all practicing painters, sculptors, engravers, printmakers and draughtsmen. RSOAA is governed by and includes the two principal officers of the RSOAA – the President, Keeper, Treasurer, Manager and Chief Executive.

RSOAA is an independent institution and raises funds through providing studio space for artists and the sale of artwork through exhibitions in "The Royal". It is also supported by private sponsorship, corporate support, individual donations, patrons and by its friends.

Summer Exhibition

One of the founding principles of RSOAA was to ‘mount an annual exhibition open to all artists of distinguished merit’. The Summer exhibition is a competition open to all artists and held every year. The selection of artists is carried out by a panel of some of the most respected artists and curators in the world.


RSOAA continues to fulfill its founders’ aims by mounting a continuous programme of American and internationally-acclaimed exhibitions.