2017 Spring Show Winners Announced – Ken Orton Wins Best of Show

July 2, 2017

Congratulations to Ken Orton for taking the grand prize of the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit Best of Show Award.

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Congratulations to all the other winners of the 2017 spring show. The work submitted this year was outstanding. To see all the winners of the spring show in varying categories, visit our website Winners Circle gallery page here.


2017 Saturday Spring Show Snafu: Here’s what happened…

June 5, 2017

If people were wondering why the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit (WSOAE) was not in its usual place along University Place on Saturday, June 3, they can thank the New York City Street Artists Permit Office (SAPO) for the snafu.

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Late Friday evening, WSOAE Executive Director learned that the Village Fair Expo was also slated to occupy University Place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. As it turns out SAPO had double-booked the street blaming it on a “technical glitch” of their new scheduling system. Rather than create a showdown with the Village Fair Expo, WSOAE decided to do the magnanimous thing and called off its own show and refunding the artists their fee for the day.

WSOAE would like to apologize to the artists who were not able to exhibit their art that day and to visitors who missed out as a result. The show however, went on as planned on Sunday, June 4.


It’s here! Download the 2017 Spring Guide Now

May 23, 2017

The 2017 spring guide is out. You can download the full guide WSOAE_spring2017 Guide here.

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Attention WSOAE Artists! Enter to win cash prizes

May 14, 2017

Bonnie Shanas wins First Place in Sculpture at the 2017 Fall Show.

All artists exhibiting in the 2017 spring show are eligible to participate in the WSOAE Spring Awards. Categories include:

  • Best in Show
  • Acrylic/Oil/Pastel
  • Sculpture
  • Graphics
  • Photography
  • Mixed Media
  • Landscape
  • Abstract
  • Contemporary
  • Craft: Jewelry, Glass, and Fiber

Check your exhibitor packet for an entry ticket. Bring your ticket along with your work to the Salmagundi Art Club between 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Saturday, May 27. There is no entry fee. The Salmagundi Art Club is located at 47 Fifth Avenue at 12th Street.

Judges are WSOAE members Carole Teller and Annie Patt, and Board Member, Roger Rossi. Winners will be notified when you pick up your work between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

See Fall 2016 winners here.

Countdown to the 2017 Spring Show

May 13, 2017
Each spring and fall, hundreds of visitors from around the world come to see the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit.

WSOAE is entering its 87th year of showcasing works from artists throughout the world. This year, we welcome 14 new artists and crafters and welcome back 86 returning exhibitors including Ben Georgia, Linda AdatoSusan Grisell, Richard Stalter, Rochelle Weber, Giovanni Scalisi, and Mike Hirsch, just to name a few.

The show will be in its usual venue on University Place extending from Waverly Place to 12th Street along the sidewalks of University Place. The event opens on Saturday, May 27 through Memorial Day, May 29, and then again the following weekend on June 3 and 4 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.


For more information, visit our website.

Fall 2016 Winners’ Circle Photos Now on the WSOAE Website

October 10, 2016

It’s taken a while and my apologies for the delay but we now have all the winners along with their photos up on our Winners’ Circle Web Page.

Bonnie Shanas who won first place for sculpture is the second recipient of the Paul Musaracchia Memorial Endowment Award for WSOAE winning sculptors. Bonnie is a figurative artist who uses wire mesh screens to create intricate three-dimensional images by freehand (no molds) that express the human form’s emotions and relationships.


One interesting to note that last spring’s Best of Show winning artist, Henry Buerckholtz, also took home first place in the category of Oil/Acrylic/Pastel painting this fall 2016. However, we were unable to feature his winning art because he sold it before we had a chance to photograph him with it. So congratulations to Henry on winning and selling the piece the same day.


Henry is pictured here with his prize ribbon sans the artwork, Broadway Melody. But you can view it on his website by clicking here.

Once again, congratulations to all winning artists. See you next year.

Fall 2016 Show Winners

September 16, 2016

Rochelle Weber wins Best of Show in our fall 2016 show with her 66th Street Station subway art a 36 x 48 acrylic painting on canvas.


Congratulations to all our winners. Names and photos will be posted on our Winners Circle Website within the next two days. Stay tuned.

2016 Fall Guide is Out

August 29, 2016

Visit our website to download the fall guide. See which artists are exhibiting this weekend. The weather promises to be great with lots of sunshine and low humidity.

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Remembering Bob Devito and Paul Musaracchia

August 27, 2016

WSOAE mourns the loss of two beloved artists who have been in the show for several decades.


Paul Musaracchia was an ingenious metal sculptor who exhibited with the WSOAE for more than 50 years winning numerous awards throughout his career.

Musarracchia died on April 20, 2016 leaving an endowment with WSOAE to award sculptors for their creativity. His art is currently on display at the Brooklyn Historical Society. “Paul had many friends at the WSOAE and will be missed,” said John DiBiase, WSOAE executive director.

WSOAE also mourns the passing of mixed media Artist Bob Devito who began exhibiting with us in 1995. Devito passed away in May of this year. Devito was a New York artist and muralist. He is credited with the creation of a large mural bracing the SAS Terminal at JFK Airport, a painting on the 39th floor of the Empire State Building and several other works that were in several galleries in SoHo and Madison Avenue. Devito has won more than 80 awards for his work nationwide. He was a long-time exhibiting artist at the WSOAE.


Bob Devito’s wood impression of a street facade, The Old Neighborhood won first place in WSOAE’s Mixed Media Category in 2014.

Spring 2016 Show Winners

June 22, 2016

Henry Buerckholtz takes home the Best in Show at the WSOAE Spring 2016.


Congratulations to all the winners of the spring 2016 show. Photos of winning artists are now up on our website photo gallery. Click to see our Winners Circle web page.


First: Sonia Gineva
Second: Richard Stalter
Third: Peter Salwen

Linda Cromer

Mixed Media
First: Tracy Barbosa
Second: David Lawrence

First: Bernard Zalon
Second: Linda Adato
Third: John Dorish

Steven Klein

Reginald Fludd

Taliah Lempect



Stuart Ross



Best in Craft
Richard Birkett

Teaty Pawoo

First: Dudley Vaccianna
Jean Luc Comperat

Michael Manus

Rachel Sherman

Mixed Media
Juliane Johnson