OIL PAINTERS OF AMERICA®
Dedicated to the Preservation of Representational Art
2016 Eastern Regional
Juried Exhibition Of Traditional Oils
OPA’s Eastern Regional Exhibition is once again being hosted by Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, located in Cincinnati, Ohio, from September 9 through October 8, 2016. The City of Cincinnati offers many diversified attractions. Visitors may visit the amazing Taft Museum of Art, the American Sign Museum to watch a neon sign being made, the Krohn Conservatory which offers an indoor botanical garden and rain forest waterfall in an Art Deco style facility, or the Lytle Park Historical District with its Georgian, Greek Revival and Italianate styles of architecture. Eisele Gallery of Fine Art is hosting an opening reception and awards ceremony on Friday, September 9, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for artists, friends, press and the public. This will be followed by a separate gallery collectors’ reception from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
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 will be an internationally renowned Signature or Master Signature member.
Eligible states and provinces include: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Brunswick, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Newfoundland, North Carolina, Nova Scotia, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Artists must be either a 2016 OPA paid member or have submitted an application for membership for 2016 to be eligible to submit an entry in this exhibition. Artists whose residency is in question must provide OPA with documentation certifying legal residency. See Bylaws Article II K on-line for definition of residency requirements.
Liabilities and Responsibilities
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
FINAL ACCEPTANCE: Online submissions: Friday, May 27, 2016
· 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 Regional or 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, 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.
· Pre-sales permitted through Eisele Gallery of Fine Art at the contracted commission rate of 60%/40%.
· 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.
On-line Submissions — Deadline: Friday, May 27, 2016
Electronic applications will be accepted beginning Monday, March 21, 2016 through Friday, May 27, 2016. 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 https://www.juriedartservices.com. Click on the “Help” tab.
To submit your electronic application, please go directly to: https://www.juriedartservices.com and look for OPA’s 2016 Eastern Regional Exhibition.
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 on-line submissions may also be paid by check mailed to OPA if received by Friday, May 27, 2016.
You must be a paid member through December 31, 2016 at a cost of $70.00. If you are currently not a member or have not paid your 2016 membership dues, OPA will accept your entry provided that 1) an electronic membership fee is paid by Friday, May 27 or 2) a mailed membership application and your annual dues are postmarked no later than Friday, May 20, 2016. More membership information may be found on the OPA website, https://www.oilpaintersofamerica.com, under the Member Services tab.
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. Pre-sales permitted through Eisele Gallery of Fine Art at contracted commission rate of 60%/40%.
Delivery and Return of Accepted Work
Delivery for Local Artists: Deliver uncrated paintings to Eisele Gallery of Fine Art between August 22 and August 27. Hand delivered work must be picked up between October 10 and 15, 2016.
Out of Town Artists: ship to Eisele Gallery, 5729 Dragon Way, Cincinnati, OH 45227 to arrive between August 22 and August 27, 2016. Handling Fee: Out of Town artists must include a $25 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 a 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 $25 uncrating fee.
Notification of Results: Participants should check the OPA website after June 17 for the juror’s selections.
Friday, May 27
Deadline for on-line submissions.
Friday, June 17
Notification posted on the OPA website.
August 22 - 27
Out of Town Artists: artwork to arrive at Eisele Gallery of Fine Art.
August 22 - 27
Local Artists: deliver artwork to Eisele Gallery of Fine Art during normal gallery hours.
Friday, September 9
Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony for Artists, Family, Friends, Press and Public:
4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Gallery Collectors’ Reception:
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
September 9 through October 8
Length of time show will be open for viewing . See below for gallery hours.
October 10 through October 15
Local Artists: remove paintings during this period or a storage fee will be charged.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Monday - Friday
9:00 A.M. - 5:30 P.M.
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.