Oil Painters of America is a not-for profit organization founded in 1991 whose primary mission is to promote and advance the cause of representational art through exhibitions and educational events.
OPA was founded by a woman named Shirl Smithson, who lived in a suburb of Chicago. At that time, she was extremely disappointed (to put it mildly) that the curriculum being taught in the art departments around the country had moved away from teaching what she felt was so she took it upon herself to start up the organization reaching out to the best artists across the country and Canada to join her.
While Shirl Smithson passed away in the late 90’s, her predecessors took up the cause and now Oil Painters of America has become one of the leading art organizations in North America (US, Canada, and Mexico).
OPA now stands at approximately 3,600 members – most of whom are professional artists that have spent years of training and honing their painting skills having attended rigorous art programs at some of the finest art programs across the country whether it be a university, art school, or atelier. Others might have taken a more unconventional approach and learned how to paint by attending workshops taught by some of the best painters in the country.
The organization has approximately 3 to 5 exhibitions annually across the country.
This is OPA’s second time to be visiting the state of Utah and we are thrilled that they are coming back to this beautiful part of the country.
Several factors go into selecting a location but the most important one is to find a gallery that has an exceptional reputation for selling high caliber art work. We need to know that they are respected by collectors and by the artists who are represented by them.
Secondly, we look for galleries located in strong art communities and St. George, Utah, is one of those places. We want to share this beautiful art form with the residents and who know, maybe even inspire someone to begin painting as well.
Don’t forget that some of these artists will eventually be recognized as having been one of the prominent artists of his/her time. (The next Manet perhaps?) Our members work can be found in private collections and museums around the world. One or two have been commissioned to paint past presidents, and our best artists work can be found in the homes of notable celebrities and on the walls of corporations, or his/her state capital or university.
The organization is comprised of 3 different levels of membership. Artists who join become Associate members of the organization. Most of our members are in this category. After competing in a number of exhibitions artists are eligible to become a Signature member of the organization. This is difficult to achieve due to the size of the organization and the limited number of spots in each of our exhibitions. Finally the 3rd membership category is the Master Signature category. This category is reserved for a select group of artists who have achieved a certain level of excellence in all subject matter. We have approximately 55 members in this category.
Oil Painters of America is one today’s leading art organizations in North America representing over 3,600 artist members living in the United States and Canada. Being accepted into the OPA National Exhibition is extremely difficult, and artists selected to exhibit will vie for approximately $100,000 in awards including a top prize of $25,000.
To enter, artists are asked to submit entries for consideration. A jurying committee comprised of 5 artists – 2 Master Signature members and 3 Signature members are charged with selecting the show based on a ranking system. This year there were over 2,400 entries for the National Exhibition, of which only 215 were accepted.
Master Signature members do not need to apply to compete in OPA exhibitions. The organization believes it benefits everyone to have these well-known artists participate as much as possible and so we look forward to including them whenever possible. We are very pleased to note that there will be over 25 Master Signature artists participating in this year’s National Exhibition.
For the first time and in conjunction with OPA, a program exclusively for our collectors…
2 Day Collectors Seminar: May 9th – 10th, 2019
“Learning The Art Of Collecting”
This is a rare opportunity to hear from a variety of renowned experts in their topics of presentation.
$100 per person or $150 per couple. A $500 Art Gift Check will be given to each single participant or couple at the conclusion of the last speaker presentation. This check expires at the conclusion of the show June7th, 2019
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Start With Art Event Schedule
9am-11am, Social Hall
- How to develop your eye
- Understanding quality
- Finding your focus
- Learning from others
- Enjoying the journey (stories from the trail)
11am-1pm, Social Hall
“Artists at the Cutting Edge: The OPA and the Rebirth of Representational Painting”
OPA President Kurt Anderson will give an overview of the current scene in representational oil painting, and speak to its significance as the most vital and burgeoning movement in contemporary art. He will show how most of the leading painters today are part of a distinct lineage, master to pupil, intent on maintaining and expanding the great traditions in painting. And he will speak to the OPA’s important role as the leading showcase and advocate for this art.
President of the Oil Painters of America Kurt Anderson OPA is a distinguished painter who has won top honors from many of the nation’s leading art organizations and publications. He is the author or co-author of eight books on painting. In addition to having a BA in art, and a master’s degree in accounting, Anderson spent four years as an apprentice in a traditional atelier, making him part of a master pupil lineage that can be traced back to the eighteenth century master Jacques Louis David.
“The Relationships Between Collector, Gallery and Artist” 4pm-6pm at the Electric Theater
Jane Bell Meyer
9am-11am, Social Hall
- “The Spirit of Your Home Is Created With The Art You Love”
- “Honey does this painting match the couch?”
- Where and how to hang pieces of different genres.
- What to do when you believe you have no more wall space.
- What is a “Gallery Wall” and how do you create it.
Owner of: Illume Gallery of Fine Art, Authentique Gallery and The Mission Gallery
Anne Weiler Brown
11am-1pm, Social Hall
“Art as An Asset-Caring for Your Collection”
Stewardship, Documentation & Inventory Systems, Insurance, Climate Control, Lighting, Security, Appraisals, Lending, Packing, Restoration and more to owning art.
Anne Weiler Brown, former Director, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, and 45+ years in the business of art
2pm-4pm, Social Hall ….(Art Checks given out)
- The Art of Collecting Art”
- Why buy original art?
- Buying what you love.
- Buying art as an investment? What to know and watch for.
- What can a gallery do to best assist you?
- What to look for in a great gallery relationship?
- The artist/collector relationship. Is this important to you
Opportunity to interact with the artists an May 10th one hour before opening reception at the:
Exclusive Collectors Private Preview!
28th Annual National Juried Exhibitions Of Traditional Oils Art Work
Master Artists These pieces are for sale!
These pieces are for sale!