Samís egg tempera painting, La Passarella a Venezia earned Honorable Mention in the 80th Midyear exhibition of the Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio.
This past summer, the painting also earned Finalist ranking-Portrait/Figure in the 2016 painting competition hosted
by the Artists magazine, and the
painting will appear in the January issue of Southwest Art magazine which is associated with Artists magazine. In addition, Sam was awarded
Signature Status from the Portrait Society of America. In short its
criteria include both excellence of artistic production, awards in national
juried shows, publications, and contribution to the teaching of traditional
art. Only about 6 are given that designation each year by a panel of the top
leadership of that Society.