National Oil & Acrylic Painters' Society "Best of America" Exhibit
October 16, 2017 to November 11, 2017
Castle Gallery of Art , Fort Wayne, Indiana
Application Dates
Mar 6, 2017 - Jul 5, 2017
Application Fee
Notification Date
Jul 28, 2017


2017 National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society Annual Juried Art Exhibition

National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society 27th Annual
‘BEST OF AMERICA’ Exhibition

October 16, 2017 to November 11, 2017

Castle Art Gallery, Fort Wayne, Indiana


A  R  T     E  X  H  I  B  I  T  I  O  N     P  R  O  S  P  E  C  T  U S


 Celebrating its 27th Annual “Best of America” in 2017, the National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS) invites oil and acrylic painters from all across North America to apply to our annual exhibit honoring the best in oil and acrylic painting.   The ‘Best of America’ is a juried competition open to members of NOAPS.  The annual membership is $50 and can be paid when entering this exhibit or through the Membership Link at  NOAPS has been showcasing the talents of oil and acrylic painters since 1991. The Grand Opening Reception will be October 20th, 2017 at Castle Gallery in Fort Wayne, Indiana. A beautiful gallery known as “The Gem of the Midwest”. The judge of the event, will provide a workshop during the three days prior to the event. There will be approximately $25,000 in Cash and Merchandise Awards for this prestigious event.


Exhibition dates: October 16th., 2017 to November 11, 2017 at:

                                          — Castle Gallery, Fort Wayne, Indiana  

 Application Dates: February 24, 2017 - July 5, 2017

  Notification Date:  July 28, 2017


 All NOAPS members: 18 years of age or older residing in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Other International artists may apply but please take into consideration shipping and custom fees since this is a gallery show.



 All entries will be submitted via Juried Art Services (JAS)  JAS is a free service and provides a comprehensive ‘Help’ menu.  NOAPS is also available to help with procedural problems.  Email: for assistance. Digital files should be saved in universal .jpeg format for JAS entry and should be between 1400 pixels and 4000 pixels longest dimension at 300PPI (pixels per inch). Art work must be original two dimensional with mediums limited to oil and acrylic paints and completed in the last three (3) years and not previously accepted in any other NOAPS Exhibit.  Maximum size of the art excluding frame shall not exceed 1200 square inches (Example: 30 x 40 in= 1200 square inches). All artwork should be original and created from conception to completion by the artist.  Work that is copied from other artist’s work, copied from published photos, or photos taken by someone other than the artist will not be accepted.  Paintings created in an instructional setting will also not be eligible. 


 The annual 2017 NOAPS membership of $50 is required. Exhibit entrants can pay the membership fee through the membership link at or when entering this exhibit. The annual membership includes many other benefits and it is valid from April 1st to March 31st of each year. To verify if you are a current 2017 NOAPS Member, please check our Members Directory Page. A 2017 will be listed after your name if you are a current member 2017. If not, please include membership at the time of entry. Check the NOAPS Members Directory in our website under the Member Services Tab.


 The fee to enter is $25 for the first image and $10 for each additional image UP TO A MAXIMUM OF 5 IMAGES. Example: maximum of five (5) entries= $65 plus current 2017 NOAPS membership if not already paid. Payment may be made by Pay Pal or Credit Card.



A Biographical Sketch

Jason Sacran was born in Nashville, TN in 1980. He is an artist/painter living in Arkansas. He has been invited to many exhibitions and awarded many times with such organizations as the National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS),  Oil Painters of America (OPA) and the American Impressionists Society among others. Some of Jason’s recent awards include Best of Show awards in the: 2016 Maui Plein Air Invitational, 2016 Plein Air Rockies, 2015 Plein Air Easton, 2015 Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, 2015 Easels in Frederick and 2014 Door County Plein Air. Jason has also had featured articles with publications such as Southwest Art Magazine, International Artist, Artist Magazine, and PleinAir Magazine.


Artist Statement

“I am a contemporary representational painter, working primarily outdoors. I paint what catches my interest in the moment. This could be almost anything; an orchestration of shapes, color contrast, light and shadow patterns, a mood or atmosphere, a subject I have never tried, or a subject I enjoy, etc. I am drawn to paint places and things that say something about the day and time I live in now. Although my work is not necessarily subject driven, I find myself painting the overlooked and simultaneously familiar aspects of everyday life - scenes we pass by but rarely take the time to fully consider. In the chaos of daily life, I believe we all take the simple and familiar for granted. Sometimes it is these quiet unadorned places that make the most worthy subjects.”




Each entry is reviewed and scored by an independent jury panel.  The Jurying panel will consist of a minimum of 5 NOAPS Master Artists or Signature Members.  The panel selects paintings for the exhibit based on the quality and individual mastery of the medium.   IMPORTANT: Jurors in the panel make selections based on the image entered (make sure the image depicts a true representation of the painting). Jurors score the image only and do not see any information about the artist.




The total awards will approximate $25,000 in cash and sponsor merchandise. Cash Awards include: Best of Show $5,000, Second Place $1,500, and Third Place $1,000.  The Best of Show includes the honor of having the artist’s winning painting become the image on the front cover of the 2018 Best of America catalog. Acceptance into three Best of America Exhibits within five years will qualify an artist for NOAPS Signature Status. Artists may also qualify for NOAPS Master Artist Status. See qualification requirements in our website.




Artists selected for the 2017 Best of America Exhibit will be notified by email from Juried Art Services. An up to date email address is essential for notification.  




Upon receipt of the accepted paintings at the exhibit location, NOAPS and The Castle Gallery retain the right to refuse to display and/or allow award judging due to: technical inaccuracy, misrepresentation, inadequate framing, or damage from improper packaging.  NOAPS strongly recommends Strong Boxes from Airfloat Systems or MasterPak. Both companies are NOAPS Sponsors and they provide a 20% discount to NOAPS members). Similar shipping container can also be accepted.  All art received and displayed will not be returned until after the exhibit has closed.

IMPORTANT: Once accepted, failure to send the accepted artwork to the exhibit will result on a two (2) year disqualification period for the artist. If the artwork is sold after acceptance but before shipping it to the exhibit, commission should be paid to the art gallery.

Selected paintings will be showcased on, in the NOAPS Blog, and in NOAPS Social Media.  By entering, entrants are consenting to having a reproduction of their work used for promotion of the NOAPS Exhibits. You are confirming the work entered is your own and copyrighted images incorporated in your work have not been used.




All entries must be for sale. Paintings of all price ranges are accepted. Entrants price their work and should closely represent the established market value of the artist’s work.  The price entered on the Juried Artist Services application form will be the price for the duration of the exhibit. 




Every reasonable care will be exercised with all artwork.  NOAPS, The Castle Gallery, and any other organization or individual connected with the exhibition will not be responsible for loss or damage of artwork while in transit. By entering this exhibit, the applicant agrees to the terms and conditions of the prospectus.




The artist will receive 55% of the selling price, with the remainder split at 45% to the hosting gallery, Castle Gallery, Fort Wayne, Indiana.  




Once your art is accepted into the Best of America Exhibit 2017, please follow the shipping instructions carefully. Full shipping instructions will be provided with acceptance letters. All shipping charges to and from the Castle Gallery are the responsibility of the artist.  We recommend insuring your work before shipping.  Include in the shipping container: Prepaid return shipping label plus $30 check made payable to Castle Gallery for unpacking, displaying/repacking and arranging for return shipping. Hand deliveries must also include a $30 handling fee.  IMPORTANT: Shipping from OUTSIDE the USA must be shipped FREE DOMICILE or they will not be accepted. International artists please check all shipping restrictions and custom regulations before entering this exhibit. All Duties and Taxes must be paid by the artist



Applications Dates: Friday, February 24, 2017 –Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Notifications: Friday, July 28, 2017

Workshop: Plein Air Workshop prior to the exhibition with Award Judge Jason Sacran

Opening Week Program

Exhibit Grand Opening Reception Friday, October 20, 2017: Castle Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN

Exhibit Closing: November 11, 2017


Your participation and support of the NATIONAL OIL & ACRYLIC PAINTERS’ SOCIETY is greatly appreciated. We wish you success in this event and may all your art career goals be met!



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The National Oil & Acrylic Painter’s Society