The Basil H. Alkazzi Award [USA] was established in 1987 as a
 travel award to London. Soon after the format was changed, and
continued to change as the monetary  fund increased.  In 1988
in commemoration The Sheldon Bergh Award [USA] was
established for the best runner-up to the main award.

Basil Alkazzi himself an established painter has always reached
out to help other creative artists, and to this end in 1986
established The Basil H. Alkazzi Foundation Awards at the eminent
Royal College of Art, London, with an endowment set in trust and
perpetuity.  Each year the foundation gives a full scholarship 
award including maintenance for a two year MA course in Painting,
as well as three other awards. These awards are granted only after 
a student has been accepted at the College.

Enamored with America and all that it justly stands for, he 
reached out to help less fortunate fellow artists in the USA by
creating The Basil H. Alkazzi Award (USA) and soon after The
Sheldon Bergh Award (USA).  As the number of the applicants
 grew to a little over three hundred each year, and twice as many
requests for applications, these awards consumed some three
months of Basil Alkazzi's own creative time.

Each artist has been anointed with a  creative gift called talent
that each recipient of this blessed gift must protect, nurture
and nourish.

Basil Alkazzi felt he was neglecting his own creative talent.  As
he did not wish the awards  to run in an impersonal manner, he 
decided to close them.  The first year of the new century is the 
last year The Basil H. Alkazzi Award (USA) and The Sheldon 
Bergh Award (USA) were awarded.


Recipiants
1987
Kathryn Maxwell, Tempe, Arizona
1988
Lisa Nigro, Baltimore, Michigan
1989
William Steiger, New York, New York
 & 
Miles Mathis, San Antonio, Texas
Jean Koeller,  Daton,  Ohio 
The Sheldon Bergh Award [USA]
1990
Serena Bocchino, Hobokin, New Jersey    
Thomas Connolly, Portland, Maine.
The Sheldon Bergh Award [USA]

Empty Beach
T Connolly

1991
Brian Rutenbergh,  Jackson Hights, New York
& 
Brian Whitfield, Lancing, Michigan
David Baca,  New York,  New Yor
kThe Sheldon Bergh Award [USA]
1992
Marc Solomon Dennis,  New York,  New York
Molly Barker,  San Francisco, California
The Sheldon Bergh Award [USA]
1993
Bo Joseph,  Providence, Rhode Island
Chawky Frenn,  Boston, Massachusetts
The Sheldon Bergh Award [USA]
1994
John Jacobsmeyer, Concord, New Hampshire

Carrying
T Jacobs

(No Sheldon Bergh Award [USA] given.  The 
money was donated to Save The Children)

1995
Nan Hass Feldman,  Framingham, Massachussetts
John Feodorov, Seattle, Washington
The Sheldon Bergh Award [USA]
1996
Michael Rich,  Savannah, Georgia

Micheal Rich
T Rich



Micheal Rich
T Rich II

Christian Pietrapiana, New York,  New York
The Sheldon Bergh Award [USA]
1997
Ellen Fienberg, Albuquerque, New Mexico
David Chon Murray, Troup, Texas
The Sheldon Bergh Award [USA]
1998
Sandow Birk, Long Beach, California
&  
David Brody,  
Lynnwood, Washington

N. Kern
T Birk

Bridget Lynch, Jamaica Plains, Massachusetts
The Sheldon Bergh Award [USA]

Game of Folly
T Lynch

1999
Marc Brodsky,  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
& 
Brian Novatny, Brooklyn, New York

Woman Lovering
Bed Bluecover

T Novatny

Woman

Karen Kitchel, Denver, Colorado
The Sheldon Bergh Award [USA]
2000
Josette Urso, New York,  New York

Josette Urso
urso gif

Paul Pagk,  New York,  New York
The Sheldon Bergh Award [USA]