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.



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.


Ilona Golovina

Ilona Golovina is a New York based artist with a background in photo journalism, primarily working with analog photography and hand printing. Her work focuses on self reflection and explores the relationships in her inner circle. She studied art at British School of Art and Design in Moscow and Creative Practices in Photography at International Center of Photography in New York.


Katie Hector

Katie Hector is an artists, independent curator, and critical writer living and working in New York City. She has worked to organize and fundraise a variety of projects which include an international exhibition in 2017, multiple collaborative and environmental installations, and over two dozen group shows, screenings, pop up events, and panel discussions.


Janet Rutkowski

Janet Rutkowski is a native New Yorker. Her career in sculpture with a focus on metalwork has gone full circle over the past thirty five years. Early explorations in abstraction led her to functional and site-specific sculptures for architectural projects. Currently she has returned to the abstract form with new large scale works. Throughout the years Janet has been active organizing and curating exhibitions.


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.