The Oil Painters of America (OPA) presents the 28th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils
Oil Painters of America is pleased to announce that the 28th National Exhibition and Convention will be hosted by Illume Gallery of Fine Art, located in Saint George, Utah, through June 7, 2019.
Renowned artist Kenn Backhaus, OPAM, will serve as Juror of Awards. His works have been juried into many shows across the country, and his paintings have been honored with numerous Best of Show awards and distinctions. He enjoys giving back and has served as an instructor for over 10 years. Backhaus is one of the host artists of a new high-definition 13-part series, Passport & Palette™ which represents the next generation of art education on public television.
OPA’s membership comprises over 3,600 artists from across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Total awards for this year’s exhibition will be approximately $100,000 in cash and merchandise, including a $25,000 cash Gold Medal award.
In addition to the exhibition, the opening weekend convention events will include painting demonstrations by Juror of Awards Kenn Backhaus, OPAM, Lori Putnam, OPA, Gary Ernest Smith, and David Dibble, OPA. There will also be a presentation by prominent artist & BLICK Art Materials representative Joe Gyurcsak, OPA, as well as group demos by Lyn Boyer, Michael Malm, Stephanie Birdsall, OPA, Ron Rencher, and Doug Fryer.
Convention activities begin on May 6, with a Wet Paint Competition in both studio and plein air divisions. Cash and merchandise awards for the Wet Paint competition will be a minimum of $10,000. The opening reception for artists, collectors, the public, and the press will be held on Friday, May 10, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., with the awards presentation taking place at 7:30 p.m. Many informative and educational seminars are being planned for the convention, preceding the opening of the exhibition.
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