Thomas Torak studied at The Art Students League from 1974 to 1983 with Robert Beverly Hale and Frank Mason. His paintings have been recognized with the American Artists Professional League Medal of Honor, the Audubon Artists Gold Medal of Honor, the Allied Artists of America Silver Medal of Honor, the Academic Artists Association Gold Medal, and the AAPL Frank C. Wright Medal of Honor. He has been elected to signature membership in the American Artists Professional League, the twelfth artist to receive this honor in the organization’s eighty-three-year history. His painting The Artist was purchased by the Masur Museum of Art in Monroe, LA, for their permanent collection. Mr. Torak’s paintings have been seen at the Butler Institute of American Art, the Gilcrease Museum, the Springfield Museum of Fine Art, the Huntsville Museum of Art, the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum, the San Diego Art Institute, the National Academy Museum, the Krasl Art Center, the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History, the Wiregrass Museum of Art, and the Chautauqua Art Galleries.