22 Nov 2021

Compete Oil Painters of America 31th National Juried Exhibition

Oil Painters of America Steamboat Springs, Colorado, United States

Oil Painters of America

Opportunity Description

International Deadline: January 28, 2022 – Oil Painters of America is pleased to return to the Steamboat Art Museum “SAM” in Steamboat Springs, Colorado for the Thirty-first National Exhibition and Convention.

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 Exhibition will take place from June 3 through August 27, 2022.

Artists eligible to compete are citizens – both natural born or otherwise – of the United States, Canada, or Mexico.

Your submission must be originally conceived: your own reference, your own drawing, your own concept and must have been self-painted. Painting must have been created within the last 3 years.

Acceptable substrates include any primed, smooth, flat substrates: primed canvas or linen, stretched or on a panel, wood, gesso board, acrylic gessoed dibond, aluminum, aluminum composite panel. Acrylic primer is acceptable. Oil primed paper is acceptable if adhered with archival adhesive to a proper archival substrate. Paintings should NOT require being placed under glass.

Housed in the iconic First National Bank/Rehder Building (1905/1920) and on the National Registry of Historic Places, Steamboat Art Museum is located in the heart of downtown Steamboat Springs. Established in 2006, the museum presents rotating exhibitions of artwork by living masters.

The Exhibition will take place from June 3 through August 27, 2022. Convention activities begin on Tuesday, May 31 with the very popular Wet Paint Competition, and end on Sunday, June 5. The opening reception for artists, collectors, the public and the press will be held on Friday, June 3, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with the awards presentation taking place at 8:30 p.m.

Steamboat Art Museum
807 Lincoln Ave
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

The total national awards will be approximately $100,000 in cash and merchandise, including a $25,000 Best In Show… see more

The awarding juror will be Master Signature member Johanna Harmon.

The jurying fee for entries is: first painting is $35.00, second painting is $15.00 and third painting is $10.

Visit us for complete details and easy online entry.

All work must be for sale. No NFS. Sales commission is as follows: 40% to the museum, 10% to OPA and 50% to the artist for all paintings sold.


  • January 28, 2022 – Deadline for submissions
  • February 25 – Acceptance notification posted on the OPA website
  • April 11 through 15 – Shipped and hand delivered artwork to arrive at: Steamboat Art Museum
  • June 3 – Opening Reception: for collectors, press, exhibiting artists and the public from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Awards Presentation: announcement of recipients of National awards at 8:30 p.m.
  • June 3 through August 27 – Length of time show will be open for viewing.
  • August 29 through September 2 – Local Artists: removal of paintings during this period.

Oil Painters of America (OPA) is a not-for-profit organization representing more than 4,000 artists throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. Founded in 1991,OPA is dedicated to preserving and promoting excellence in representational art. Its primary focus is to draw attention to the lasting value of fine drawing, color, composition and the appreciation of light.

The mission of OPA is to advance the cause of traditional, representational fine art by providing a forum in which artists can display their art in regional and national competitions. In addition, the organization is committed to providing educational opportunities to its members through its newsletter, critique program, scholarships, workshops, seminars, and demonstrations by today’s masters.

Oil Painters of America (OPA)
Crystal Lake, Illinois

Opportunity Categories: Painting Only. Opportunity Types: Compete. Opportunity Tags: Deadlines 01 Jan thru Feb, Open to Artists Worldwide, and Special Opportunities. Benefits: Cash or Value Awards, Exhibition - Group, and Sales.

Opportunity expires in 59 days.

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