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Oil Painters of America 2012 Western Regional Juried Exhibition
October 4, 2012 to November 3, 2012
Gallery 1261, located in Denver, Colorado
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Application Dates:
Apr 11, 2012 - Jul 13, 2012
Application Fee:
Notification Date:
Aug 21, 2012


Dedicated to the Preservation of Representational Art

  Presents The

2012 Western Regional

Juried Exhibition Of Traditional Oils

OPA’s 2012 Western Regional Exhibition is being hosted by Gallery 1261, located in Denver, Colorado from October 4 through November 3, 2012.  Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Denver offers a plethora of interesting sites such as the U S Mint, State Capitol, Denver Botanic Gardens and the Molly Brown (survivor of the Titanic sinking) House.  Gallery 1261 is situated in the heart of the Golden Triangle Arts District and is within walking distance to the Denver Art Museum.

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 approximately $11,500, including a $4,000 Best In Show.

The awarding juror for this year’s 2012 Western Juried Exhibition will be Master Signature Member Jeff Legg.

Eligible states and provinces include: Alaska, Alberta, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Manitoba, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, North Dakota, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Oklahoma, Oregon, Saskatchewan, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Yukon Territories, and all of Mexico.

Artists must be either 2012 OPA paid members or have submitted an application for membership for 2012 to be eligible to submit an entry in this exhibition.

Entry Information

Mailed Entries:  Received by Thursday, June 28, 2012

Online submissions:  Friday, July 13, 2012 

  • 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).
  • Painting must be framed and wired for hanging.
  • Gallery wrap is acceptable, providing 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 can 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.
  • 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.

Print large or type on entry form & slide(s).  No handwriting please.  Use first & last name only.

Liabilities and Responsibilities

All entries will be made at the risk of the entrant.  Care and caution will be exercised in the handling of all art work.  Neither Oil Painters of America nor Gallery 1261 may be held responsible for loss or damage.

Insurance is the responsibility of the artist.


Ken Cadwallader, 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 refund of entry fee on unaccepted entries.  Participants will be notified of the jurors' selections.

Good Luck and Good Painting

Entry Information

On-line Submissions — Deadline: Friday,  July 13, 2012

Electronic applications will be accepted beginning Monday, April 16, through Friday, July 13, 2012.  Images should be a width of 1400 pixels for landscape images (wide images) and a height of 1400 pixels for portrait images (tall images).  Specific details on how to prepare your image properly may be found at http://www.juriedartservices.com.  Click on the “Help” tab.

To submit your electronic application, please go directly to: http://www.juriedartservices.com and look for OPA’s 2012 Western Regional Exhibition.

Mailed Entries - Deadline: Thursday, June 28, 2012

Hardcopy, mailed applications with slide submittals only will be accepted if received in the OPA post office box on or before June 28, 2012.  Slides will be scanned and included in the on-line jurying process.  An additional $15.00 charge over and above the entry fee will apply.  Mail slides of your unframed oil paintings, entry fee and entry and notification forms, together with a stamped, self-addressed business size envelope (4-1/8” X 9-½”).  Print clearly on slides: your name, title of painting, size, and price.  Place a red dot in upper right, front corner of slides.  Declined slides will be returned.  Do not paperclip slides to your entry.  Send entries in a business size No. 10 envelope.  DO NOT request a signature by receiver.

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 will be accepted.  Electronic payment may be made by credit card or through Paypal.  No e-checks will be accepted.  Jurying fees for on-line submission may also be paid by check mailed to OPA if received by Friday, July 13, 2012.

Please note, you must be a paid member through December 31, 2012 at a cost of $60.00.  If you are currently not a member or have not paid your 2012 membership dues, OPA will accept your entry provided that 1) an electronic renewal fee is paid by Friday, July 13, 2012 or 2) a mailed membership application and your annual dues are received no later than Friday, June 29, 2012.  More membership information can be found on the OPA website,

http://www.oilpaintersofamerica.com, under “Membership Services”.

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 for Local Artists:  Please deliver uncrated paintings to Gallery 1261 from September 17 through September 21, 2012. 

Out of Town Artists: please ship to Gallery 1261 at 1261 Delaware St., Denver, CO  80204, to arrive September 17 through September 21, 2012.   Handling Fee:  Out of Town Artists must include a $25 check payable to Gallery 1261 to cover the expense of uncrating, storage of crates, re-crating and contacting your shipper for return.  In a separate envelope, either include a check made payable to Gallery 1261 to cover the entire cost of return shipping, or include the appropriate shipping label with your personal Fed Ex or UPS Account Information.  Shipments from OUTSIDE the United States must be shipped “FREE DOMICILE” or they will not be accepted.

Calendar Checklist


June 28, 2012

Deadline for receipt of mailed in submissions.  Slides must arrive at: OPA, P.O. Box 2488, Crystal Lake, IL 60039-2488.

July 13, 2012

Deadline for on-line submissions.

August 21, 2012

Notification via e-mail and posted on the OPA website.

September 17 - 21, 2012

Out of Town Artists:  Artwork must arrive at Gallery 1261.

September 17 - 21, 2012

Local Artists: Deliver accepted artwork to Gallery 1261 during regular gallery hours.

October 4, 2012

Preview of show.

October 5, 2012

Opening Reception for collectors, press, exhibiting artists and the public. 5:00 - 9:00 P.M.

October 5 — November 3, 2012

Length of time show will be open for viewing .

November 6 — November 10, 2012

Local artists must remove paintings during this period, or a storage fee will be charged.  Gallery 1261 thanks you for your cooperation.

Gallery Hours

Tue — Sat:

11:00 A.M. — 6:00 P.M.

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