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The Twenty-sixth Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils
May 12, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Cincinnati, Ohio
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Application Dates:
Nov 7, 2016 - Jan 28, 2017
Application Fee:
$30.00 for one painting
$45.00 for two paintings
Notification Date:
Feb 23, 2017

Maintence will be occuring on January 26th for uploading images to portfolio. Will be completed by 10 p.m.
We have extended the deadline through midnight of January 28th due to the inconvenience.



The Twenty-sixth Annual National Juried

Exhibition Of Traditional Oils

Oil Painters of America is pleased to announce the 2017 National Exhibition and Convention will be hosted by Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, located in Cincinnati, Ohio, May 12 through June 10, 2017. An opening reception will be held at the gallery for artists, collectors, the public and the press on Friday, May 12, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with the awards presentation taking place during that time. A wide array of informative and educational seminars will be offered to OPA members and guests during the convention.

While visiting Cincinnati you might want to visit the Taft Museum of Art, built in 1820 and now a National Historic Landmark, housing an extensive collection of art by European and American master artists.  Then delve into the Cincinnati’s hidden past on an underground tour or take a riverboat cruise to learn the history of the river.  Other points of interest are: the Newport Aquarium, where you can touch a shark, pet a penguin or walk on a 75’ rope bridge suspended over an open 385,000 gallon tank with over 20 sharks, and (for model train enthusiasts) EnterTRAINment Junction, a 25,000 sq. ft. display with 90 trains representing every era of American railroading.

Our goal is to assemble the finest display of representational oil paintings. The focus in the jurying process will be to select paintings that show the highest quality in draftsmanship, color, and composition, emphasizing a diversity in representational style and subject matter.

The total awards will be in approximately $100,000, including a $25,000 Best In Show.

The awarding juror will be OPA Master Signature member William Whitaker.

Artists who reside in the United States, Canada and Mexico and are 2017 OPA members or have submitted an application for membership or renewal for 2017 may apply for this exhibition. Artists whose residency is in question must provide OPA with documentation certifying legal residency. See Bylaws Article II K online for definition of residency requirements.

Oil Painters of America and Eisele Gallery of Fine Art will not be responsible for loss or damage of any artwork, no matter what the cause. By submitting artwork to this exhibition, each artist will be deemed to have concurred with this agreement. Artists pay for shipping both ways. We suggest that you provide insurance to cover the full value of the artwork while in transit.

Howard Friedland, Signature Member and OPA Board Member, will serve as chairman of a Jurying Committee consisting of five Master Signature or Signature members of OPA. The results of the jurying will be final.

No refunds will be made on unaccepted entries.

Good Luck and Good Painting


General Information

FINAL ACCEPTANCE: Online submissions: Friday, January 27, 2017

  • Representational oil paintings of original concept and design only.
  • Paintings entered must have been painted in the last 3 years and should not have been accepted into a previous OPA National Exhibition.
  • Canvas size: maximum size not to exceed 1200 square inches (unframed).
  • Example: 30” (height) X 40” (width) = 1200 square inches.
  • Painting must be framed and wired for hanging.
  • Gallery wrap is acceptable, provided the painting extends and covers all four sides of the gallery wrap. Color borders are not acceptable. Painted frames are not acceptable.
  • Maximum entries two (2). However, only one (1) painting may be accepted.
  • The artist retains copyright to his/her image(s). However, accepted images do become part of OPA archives and may be used for future OPA event promotion.
  • Paintings created in an instructional setting, including, but not limited to workshops and art classes are not considered original artwork.
  • All work must be for sale and reflect the artist’s current pricing structure. No NFS.
  • Artists must be currently living in the United States, Canada or Mexico.
  • An artist who withdraws an entry after acceptance into the exhibition shall not be eligible to enter any OPA exhibition for the two succeeding years.

Entry Information

Online Submissions — Deadline: Friday, January 27, 2017
Electronic applications will be accepted beginning Monday, November 7, 2016 through Friday, January 27, 2017. Images should be between 1400 and 4000 pixels at the largest dimension. Specific details on how to prepare your image properly can be found at http://www.juriedartservices.com. Click on the “Help” tab.

To submit your electronic application and images, please go directly to:

http://www.juriedartservices.com and look for OPA’s 2017 National Exhibition.

Jurying Fees
The jurying fee for electronic entries is as follows: one painting is $30.00 or $45.00 for two paintings. Only one painting can be accepted. Electronic payment may be made by credit card or through PayPal. No e-checks will be accepted. Jurying fees for online submissions may also be paid by check mailed to OPA if received by Friday, January 27, 2017.

You must be a paid member through December 31, 2017 at a cost of $70.00. If you are currently not a member or have not paid your 2017 membership dues, OPA will accept your entry provided that 1) an electronic membership fee is paid by Friday, January 27 or 2) a mailed membership application and your annual dues are postmarked no later than Friday, January 13, 2017. More membership information may be found on the OPA website, www.oilpaintersofamerica.com, under the Member Services tab.

Sales Commission
Sales commission of 40% is required by the gallery for all paintings sold. Please take this into consideration when setting your price. All work that is submitted must be for sale. No NFS. Paintings must be priced in accordance with the artist’s current pricing structure.

Delivery and Return of Accepted Work
Delivery for Local Artists:
Deliver uncrated paintings to the Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, 5729 Dragon Way, Cincinnati, OH between April 24 and April 29, 2017. Hand delivered work must be picked up between June 12 and June 17, 2017.

Out of Town Artists: ship to the Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, 5729 Dragon Way, Cincinnati, OH 45227 between April 24 and April 29, 2017. Handling Fee: Out of Town Artists must include a $35 check payable to Eisele Gallery of Fine Art to cover the expense of uncrating, storage of crates, re-crating and contacting your shipper for return. In a separate envelope include the appropriate return shipping label with your personal Fed Ex or UPS Account Information. Shipments from OUTSIDE the US must be shipped “FREE DOMICILE” or will not be accepted. OPA will waive the uncrating fee for artists who use a commercially manufactured artist’s/strong box such as a StrongBox™ by Airfoat Systems, or similar brand, like Masterpak or Uline. StrongBoxes will be returned to the artists at the conclusion of the show at the artist’s expense. Artists who do not use one of these special boxes are still required to send the $35 uncrating fee.

Notification of Results: Participants should check the OPA website after February 23 for the juror’s selections.

Calendar Checklist

January 27
Deadline for submissions

February 23
Notification posted on the OPA website

April 24 through April 29
Both shipped and hand delivered artwork to arrive at Eisele Gallery of Fine Art

May 10 and 11
Preview: 9:00 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.

May 12
Opening Reception: for collectors, press, exhibiting artists and the public from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

May 12 through June 10
Length of time show will be open for viewing . See below for gallery hours

June 12 through June 17
Local Artists: removal of paintings during this period or a storage fee will be charged. Eisele Gallery of Fine Art thanks you for your cooperation


Gallery Hours
Sun: Closed
Mon.– Fri. 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Sat: 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

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