Aviation Artist Marc Stewart is the 2008 recipient of the prestigious R. G. Smith Award for Excellence in Naval Aviation Art presented by the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation in Pensacola, Florida.
Marc Stewart is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, currently residing in Newnan, Georgia. He has always had an interest in flying and of aircraft (WWII aircraft in particular). As a teenager he earned his pilots license. He and his friends flew all over the U.S. and Canada in a Cessna 120, and through the ignorance of youth (mixed with a lot of luck) narrowly averted death many times! They would often get two aircraft and "dogfight" each other or put on "airshows" for their friends -- including one stunt flight through an expressway underpass.
In college Marc became involved in sailplane flying and was an active member of the West Georgia College Sport Parachute Team. After college, he joined the U.S. Navy and graduated from Aviation Officers Candidate School in Pensacola, FL. Marc then began flight training in pursuit of a career inNaval Aviation. During his Naval career Marc flew several aircraft including the T-34C, T-2C, US-2B, C-12, C-131, and the TA-4J Skyhawk. In 1995, he retired from the Naval Reserve as a Lieutenant Commander.
In grade school and high school Marc drew or painted aircraft subjects. Throughout college many of his art shows were of an aviation theme. Marc believes his early flying experience influenced his college art projects. His military flying days and aviation maintenance experience further served to enhance his attention to detail in his aviation artwork.
- Original paintings and prints on display in over 20 aviation museums worldwide including the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, England & the new National Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, VA.
- Aviation Miniatures Exhibit at the Art For Living Gallery, 1994 and 2000
- "A Celebration Of Heroes" One-Man Show, Museum of Aviation, 2004
- "Southern Wings" Aviation Art Exhibition, Museum of Aviation, 2005
- EAA Sport Aviation Art Competition, Honorable Mention, 1994, 1996, 2002, 2004, & 2005.
- National Museum of Naval Aviation Art Competition Exhibition (Pensacola),
1995, 2001, 2004, & 2006.
- "Wings Over America" Aviation Art Exhibition, Bakerfield Museum of Art, 1996.
- American Society Of Aviation Artists (ASAA) Annual Juried Exhibition, 1996, 2002, 2004, 2005.
- Horizons of Flight at SimuFlite Training Center, 1996, 2001, 2004, & 2005.
Tidewater Tech Aviation, Numerous Individual Clients, Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Engine Manufacturers, Accurate Miniatures Fine Scale Model Company.
- "Best In Show", National Museum of Naval Aviation, 2006 International Juried Exhibition.
- "First Place Military", Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine award, 2002 International Juried Aerospace Art Exhibition.
- "Third Place Military", Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine award, 2005 International Juried Aerospace Art Exhibition.
- "Best In Art", Blue Ribbon Affair Art Festival, 1999.
- "First Place/Best In Show", Main Street Art Festival, 2000.
- "Best In Show", Moss Oak Plantation Art Festival, 2001.
- Artwork featured in DVD "F4F Wildcat" produced by Aircraft Films.
- Artwork "Cat And Mouse Over Wake" featured in a permanent exhibit in the new National Museum of the Marine Corps, Washington D.C.
- Painting titled "The Rescue" featured as cover art for the book "Fantail Fighters" published by Phalanx Publishing.
- Works featured in and/or artist profiled in Aviation Art Quarterly, Aviation Illustrated, AutoPilot Magazine, Air Classics, Art Business News, and InformArt Magazine.
- Works have illustrated numerous articles in Military History, World War II, Aviation History, AutoPilot Magazine, and Airline Pilot Careers magazines.
- Paintings featured book titles: The Marines; Target Of Opportunity; USMC, A Complete History; and Semper Fi.
- Artist Member of the American Society Of Aviation Artists (ASAA) since 1993, and Artist Fellow (ASAA) since 2006.
- Former member of the Air Force Art Program.
- Maintains membership in: Warbirds Inc. of Spartanburg; the Carolina Historical Aviation Commission; Newnan Coweta Art Association.
- Friend of the Dixie Wing, Commemorative Air Force.