About Us

Jason Clay Lewis

Jason Clay Lewis is an artist and the Director of The Royal @ The Royal Society of American Art in Brooklyn, New York where his responsibilities include curating and promotion of all gallery exhibitions as well as the day to day running of the RSOAA studios. Originally coming to New York on an apprenticeship at Universal Limited Art Editions. This experience allowed him to work along side Jasper Johns as his personal studio assistant. His years of experience as an artist and art professional working in and around the New York art world has allowed him to both show and curate extensively in New York and internationally.


Martin Kalanda

Martin Kalanda is an artist, art director, and digital designer living in New York City. He is the Co-Founder of The Royal Society of American Art (RSOAA) an independent, privately funded institution led by eminent artists. His work ranges from digital design to painting and illustration. As a former political refugee from Czechoslovakia Martin’s latest work explores the stateless nature of the world’s migrants and outcasts. Martin has had work shown in various solo and group shows as well as prominent art fairs in New York City.


Curatorial Partners

Amelia Biewald

Amelia Biewald works with a wide variety of materials creating intricate paintings and sculptural works which culminate into large multi-textural installations. She mingles fact and fiction to recreate fables or intrigues where myth, custom, history and science converge. She has received several artist awards, residencies and fellowships for her work including the Skowhegan School Of Painting and Sculpture, a Bush Artist Fellowship, a Jerome Artist Fellowship, and a MN State Arts Board Award.


Yizhe Huang

Yizhe Huang is an artist and the Co-curator of Boxes Art Museum in Guangdong, China. She has written and been an editor for China's major art press Art News of China. Originally from Guangzhou, at the age of 15 she was awarded the SM1 Scholarship and began her secondary school in Singapore and has been independent ever since. She then continued her education at the University of Michigan finishing with a Bachelor of Arts. Moving to New York soon after, she now has a Master of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts. Her works analyze phenomena shaped by the natural and artificial lights of cityscapes and has shown at the Fringe Arts Bath festival in the United Kingdom and various prominent exhibitions in China, Korea, Singapore, and the United States.


David Gorman

David bought his first artwork at 24 and continues to collect ardently. A native of Miami, David graduated from Columbia and was an investment professional for 20 years. He later pursued entrepreneurial projects ranging from an Australian cattle ranch to a Project Runway winner fashion startup. David’s interest in the art market includes how emerging artists can elevate their visibility with collectors and institutions.

The Royal Society of American Art

RSOAA was founded by Martin Kalanda and Jason Clay Lewis in 2013. Determined to achieve professional standing for American Art, they also wanted to provide a curator friendly venue for exhibitions that would be open to the public; and studio space through which artists could pass information on to future generations of practitioners.

RSOAA today continues to aspire to promote the arts and present a broad range of visual art to the widest possible audience; to stimulate debate, understanding and creation through education; and to provide a focus for the interests of artists and art-lovers. RSOAA has held annual exhibitions of works for sale since its formation. RSOAA now enjoys an unrivalled reputation as a venue for exhibitions of international importance.

The Royal Society of American Art has a unique position in being an independent, privately funded institution led by eminent artists whose purpose is to promote the creation, enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts through studio space and exhibitions.

RSOAA is an independent institution. The artists are all practicing painters, sculptors, engravers, printmakers and draughtsmen. RSOAA is governed by and includes the two principal officers of the RSOAA – the President, Keeper, Treasurer, Manager and Chief Executive.

RSOAA is an independent institution and raises funds through providing studio space for artists and the sale of artwork through exhibitions in “The Royal”. It is also supported by private sponsorship, corporate support, individual donations, patrons and by its friends.

The Royal @ RSOAA continues to fulfill its founders' aims by mounting a continuous programme of American and internationally-acclaimed exhibitions.