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Marc Stewart is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, currently residing in Newnan, Georgia. He has always had a love of flying and a love of aircraft (WWII aircraft in particular). As a teenager he earned his private pilot’s 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 friends.
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 (AOCS) in Pensacola. Marc then began flight training in pursuit of a career in Naval 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 usually drew or painted aircraft subjects. Throughout college, many of his art shows were of an aviation theme—with the exception of a collection of nudes he painted only to have them stolen, an unfortunate compliment of his early talent. 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 later aviation artwork.
In 2011, Marc won second place in the WWII category in the inaugural aviation art competition at the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach, VA. In 2009, Marc won two awards—2nd Place & a Purchase Award—at the Monroe Art Guild’s 14th annual winter show. In 2008, Marc was named the recipient of the prestigious R.G. Smith Award for Excellence in Naval Aviation Art, presented by the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, FL. Marc’s aviation art has been juried into numerous exhibits nationwide including the EAA Sport Aviation Art Competition and the National Museum of Naval Aviation’s Aviation Art Competition Exhibition. Marc won “First Place–Military” from Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine in the 2002 International Juried Aerospace Art Exhibition and won again in the same category, receiving “Third Place–Military” in 2005. His painting, “Hell Over the Hadley,” won Best in Show in the 2006 National Museum of Naval Aviation Competition Exhibition. In 2016, Marc’s “Clipper Over the Makapu’u Light” won “First Place-Painting” at the Annual Juried Exhibit of the Newnan-Coweta Art Association. He captured that honor 2 years in a row as his painting, “Under the Southern Cross,” won in 2017. That same painting was awarded First Place at the National Open Visual Arts (NOVUS) show in September 2017, and took first place honors yet again at the 2018 Senoia Area Historical Society’s “O Artist Where Art Thou?” juried exhibit. His work has illustrated articles in numerous publications including Aviation History, World War II, Military History, AutoPILOT, and Airline Pilot Careers magazines.
Marc’s Civil War artwork was selected by the Georgia Civil War Commission for use in its biennial report and in “Crossroads of Conflict” published in 2010. Marc’s artwork has also graced the pages of numerous published books including Fighting Seventeen: A Photographic History of VF-17 in World War II by Lee Cook (2011); Fantail Fighters (cover art) from Phalanx Publishing; The Marines from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation; Target of Opportunity: Tales & Contrails from the Second World War by pilot/author Richard A. “Dick” Hewitt; USMC, A Complete History from the Marine Corps Association; Semper Fi by Col. H. Avery Chenoweth, USMCR (Ret.). His painting, “Cat and Mouse Over Wake” is featured in an exhibit in the prestigious National Museum of the Marine Corps, Washington, D.C. and on the Museum Web site at www.USMCMuseum.org.
Marc is an Artist Fellow member of the American Society of Aviation Artists (ASAA) and holds a B.A. in Fine Art. His career as a professional artist spans nearly 20 years. From illustrating features in internationally published history magazines and books to private commissions for clients such as aircraft engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney, Marc continues to expand his horizons in historical, military, Civil War, and maritime art.
Featured speaker at elementary schools in metro Atlanta area. Offers students a “show & tell” style presentation on his artwork, airplanes, and aviation in general. • Jolly Elementary (Dekalb County) • Arnco-Sargent Elementary (Coweta County) • Exhibited art/talked with students at WWII day & Veteran’s Day , Newnan High School (Coweta County)
Contributor to various aviation groups. Donates art prints to help organizations with fundraisers, raffles, door prizes, thank you items for sponsors, silent auctions, etc. Some recipients include: • Angel Flight of Georgia • Commemorative Air Force (local Dixie Wing) • Experimental Aviation Association (EAA), local chapters • Dekalb-Peachtree Airport (PDK) for Good Neighbor Day
Participant/exhibitor for many years in local art shows, air shows, and aviation events including: • Good Neighbor Day Airshow (Atlanta) • Great Georgia Airshow, formerly Wings Over Dixie (Peachtree City) • Atlanta Dogwood Festival (Atlanta) • Yellow Daisy Festival (Stone Mountain)
Contributing Artist: “A Horsey Affair,” public art exhibit from the Newnan Coweta Historical Society featuring life-size fiberglass Thoroughbred horses as the canvas. Painted horse titled “Equus Tropicale,” featuring lush beach, island, and tropical scenes complete with sea animals and foliage. Horse on permanent display at Coweta Centre for the Performing and Visual Arts in Newnan, GA. Horse also featured in “A Horsey Affair” book. Completed similar fiberglass painted piece (train) as a fundraiser for the Children’s Museum in Newnan, GA