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2014 Awardees

23rd National Juried Exhibition: Bennington Center for the Arts
Master Signature Division

  AWARDS AND DONORS VALUE WINNER PAINTING TITLE
“Spettro” by Nancy Crookston1st Place Gold Medal Award
Funded by OPA and Friends of OPA. (Eligibility only once every three years for the same artist)
$5,000 Nancy Crookston OPAM Spettro
$6040   30" x 24"
“Look to the Light” by Kenn Backhaus2nd Place Silver Medal Award
Funded by American Art Collector: two-page feature article on award winner
$6,200 Kenn Backhaus OPAM Look to the Light
$7,000   "24 x 18"
“In the Cedar Grove at Menodocino” by Albert Handell3rd Place Bronze Medal Award
Funded by Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine: one full page advertisement valued at $3,800
$3,800 Albert Handell OPAM In the Cedar Grove at Menodocino
$15,300   20" x 40"
“Time with Two Friends” by David Hettinger Most Original Award of Excellence
Funded by Southwest Art Magazine - one half-page advertisement valued at $3,380
$3,380 David Hettinger OPAM Time with Two Friends
$3,800   14" x 18"
“Clodiana and Friend” by William T. Chambers Donors' Award of Excellence
$1,000 cash donation funded by Friends of OPA, Art of the West Magazine — one half-page advertisement valued at $1,780, 5-piece Vernet Oil Color Set and 20-piece Holbein Oil Color Set funded by Holbein, valued at $313
$3,093 William T. Chambers OPAM Clodiana and Friend
$16,000   30" x 24"
“The Moment of Sunset” by Ruo Li Shirl Smithson Founders' Award for Master Signature Members
Funded by the Shirl Smithson Family
$500 Ruo Li OPAM The Moment of Sunset
$16000   30" x 44"

23rd National Juried Exhibition: Bennington Center for the Arts
Associate Signature Division

  AWARDS AND DONORS VALUE WINNER PAINTING TITLE
“Light Source” by Louis Escobedo1st Place Gold Medal Award
Funded by Oil Painters of America
(Eligibility only once every 3 years for the same artist)
$25,000 Louis Escobedo Light Source
$2,800   14" x 11"
“Girl at Rest” by Bo Zhang2nd Place Silver Medal Award
Funded by American Art Collector: Two-page feature article on award winner valued at $6,200
$6,200 Bo Zhang Girl at Rest
$12,000   24" x 36"
“Winter of Sylvan” by Xiao S. Jiang3rd Place Bronze Medal Award
Funded by Plein Air Magazine
One full-page advertisement valued at $3,800
$3,800 Xiao S. Jiang OPA Winter of Sylvan
$11,500   16" x 20"
“Red Tulips and Oriole” by Kathy Anderson Best Signature Award of Excellence
Funded by Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine
One full-page advertisement valued at $3,800
$3,800 Kathy Anderson OPA Red Tulips and Oriole
$11,500   30" x 40"
“Summer in Tahoe” by Hao (Fongwei) Liu Best Associate Award of Excellence
Funded by Jack Richeson & Company
$2,000 merchandise certificate
$2,000 Hao (Fongwei) Liu Summer in Tahoe
$4,200   18" x 36"
“The Happy Homemaker” by Tim Tyler Most Original Award of Excellence
$1,500 cash donation funded by FASO
$1,500 Tim Tyler OPA The Happy Homemaker
$18,000   36" x 33"
“Portofino Passeggiata” by Charles T. Cox Donor's Award of Excellence
$1,000 cash donation funded by Friends of OPA, $250 merchandise certificate funded by Ampersand
$1,250 Charles T. Cox OPA Portofino Passeggiata
$1,650   24" x 18"
“The Chase” by Dan Schultz Presidents' Award of Excellence
$1,000 cash donation funded by Past Presidents Zhiwei Tu OPAM and Betty Schmidt
$1,000 Dan Schultz The Chase
$5,250   24" x 24"
“Cement and Tree Shadows” by Dianne L. Massey Dunbar Realism Award of Excellence
$1,000 cash donation funded by FASO
$1,000 Dianne L. Massey Dunbar OPA Cement and Tree Shadows
$8,000   30" x 24"
“Beside the Still Waters” by Sheri Farabaugh Realism Honorable Mention
Merchandise certificates funded by: $500 Blick Art Materials; $250 Liliedahl Video Productions; $100 New Wave Art
$850 Sheri Farabaugh Beside the Still Waters
$3,200   20" x 30"
“A Rose Between Two Thorns” by Deanne L. Lemley Ted Goerschner OPAM Memorial Impressionist Award of Excellence
$1,000 cash donation funded by friends of Ted Goerschner OPAM
$1,000 Deanne L. Lemley A Rose Between Two Thorns
$9,200   24" x 30"
“Morning in Zhouzhuang” by Qiang Huang Impressionist Honorable Mention
Merchandise certificates funded by: $500 Williamsburg Handmade Oils; $250 Rosemary & Co.; $100 New Wave Art
$850 Qiang Huang OPA Morning in Zhouzhuang
$2,500   11" x 14"
“Sunny Kids” by Clement Kwan Animal Award of Excellence
$1,000 merchandise certificate funded by Michael Harding Handmade Artists Oil Colours
$1,000 Clement Kwan OPA Sunny Kids
$6,800   30" x 24"
“Ice on the Creek” by James Coe Animal Honorable Mention
Merchandise certificates funded by: $500 Natural Pigments; $250 ArtFrames.com; $100 New Wave Art
$850 James Coe OPA Ice on the Creek
$8,000   24" x 36"
“Market Day” by Christopher Z. Zhang John August Dietrich Memorial Figurative Award of Excellence
$1,000 cash donation funded by RayMar Art
$1,000 Christopher Z. Zhang OPA Market Day
$6,900   30" x 22"
“The Commute” by Hilarie Lambert Figurative Honorable Mention
Merchandise certificates funded by: $500 Gamblin Artists Colors Co.; $400 Martin F. Weber
$900 Hilarie Lambert The Commute
$4,800   40" x 30"
“Hungry Valley” by Victor A. Schiro Landscape Award of Excellence
$500 cash donation funded by Friends of OPA, $600 Fredericksburg Artists' School Workshop Scholarship
$1,100 Victor A. Schiro Hungry Valley
$3,600   24" x 30"
“Metro Lights 1” by Susiehyer Landscape Honorable Mention
$500 merchandise certificate funded by Williamsburg Handmade Oils, $260 Medium French Resistance Pochade funded by Guerilla Painter
$760 Susiehyer Metro Lights 1
$2,450   20" x 20"
“Self Portrait with Key” by Aimee Erickson Portraiture Award of Excellence
$500 cash donation funded by Friends of OPA, $500 Scottsdale Artists' School Workshop Scholarship
$1,000 Aimee Erickson Self Portrait with Key
$7,520   60" x 20"
“Aidan” by Kelly A. Sullivan Portraiture Honorable Mention
Merchandise certificates funded by: $500 Glaser Frames; $250 Grumbacher
$750 Kelly A. Sullivan Aidan
$4,500   28" x 22"
“Golden Light” by Michael Situ Seascape Award of Excellence
$1,000 merchandise certificate funded by Michael Harding Artists Oil Colours
$1,000 Michael Situ OPA Golden Light
$3,000   12" x 24"
“Hung the Ocean” by Paul Cheng Seascape Honorable Mention
$500 artists' oil set funded by M. Graham & Company, $400 merchandise certificate funded by Martin F. Weber
$900 Paul Cheng Hung the Ocean
$6,900   24" x 36"
“In a Good Light” by Anne Blair Brown Still Life Award of Excellence
Merchandise certificates funded by: $500 Gamblin Artists Colors Co, $500 SourceTek
$1,000 Anne Blair Brown In a Good Light
$4,200   24" x 24"
“The Gardener's Shed” by Joreen M. Benbenek Still Life Honorable Mention
Merchandise certificates funded by: $500 Blue Ridge Oil Colors, $400 Martin F. Weber
$900 Joreen M. Benbenek The Gardener's Shed
$2,400   24" x 30"

23rd National Exhibition
Dorothy Driehaus Mellin Fellowship for Midwestern Artists

“Warm Glow in a Polar Vortex” by Michael P. Van Zeyl The Dorothy Driehaus Mellin Fellowship for Midwestern Artists
This fellowship is provided through a generous contribution by The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation for an OPA artist residing in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin
$20,000 Michael P. Van Zeyl Warm Glow in a Polar Vortex
$2,000   17" x 13"
This fellowship is provided through a generous contribution by the Driehaus Foundation for an OPA artist residing in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio or Wisconsin.

 

Spring 2014 Online Showcase Award Winners: opaonlineshowcase.com

  AWARDS AND DONORS VALUE WINNER PAINTING TITLE
Associate Division
“Gaze” by Tina Garrett1st Place First Place
$3,000 cash award, made possible thanks to Dorothy Driehaus Mellin and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.
$3,000 Tina Garrett Gaze
18" x 24"
“Global 1200” by Robert Christian Hemme2nd Place Second Place
$1,500 cash award, made possible thanks to Dorothy Driehaus Mellin and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.
$1,500 Robert Christian Hemme Global 1200
24" x 36"
“Stepping Out” by Nancy Boren3rd Place Third Place
$500 cash award, made possible thanks to Dorothy Driehaus Mellin and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.
$500 Nancy Boren Stepping Out
20" x 16"
“America's Cup” by Christine Grace Mastrangelo Honorable Mention
  Christine Grace Mastrangelo America's Cup
24" x 24"
“Brunch” by Doohong Min Honorable Mention
  Doohong Min Brunch
24" x 30"
“Costume” by Loretta Fasan Honorable Mention
  Loretta Fasan Costume
24" x 30"
“Pueblo Pot” by Michael DeVore Honorable Mention
  Michael DeVore Pueblo Pot
9" x 12"
“After the Storm” by Karen Blackwood Honorable Mention
  Karen Blackwood After the Storm
30" x 24"
“Peter Devine” by Scott Johnston Honorable Mention
  Scott Johnston Peter Devine
30" x 50"
“Similarities” by Vicki Walker Honorable Mention
  Vicki Walker Similarities
30" x 24"
“Relief” by Zimou Tan Honorable Mention
  Zimou Tan Relief
24" x 36"
“Spring Covering” by Sergio Roffo Honorable Mention
  Sergio Roffo Spring Covering
48" x 72"
“Alley Chef - Paris” by George Bodine Honorable Mention
  George Bodine Alley Chef - Paris
20" x 16"

 

Masters Only Show Award Winners: Mountainsong Galleries

  AWARDS AND DONORS WINNER PAINTING TITLE
Still Interested by Zhiwei TuBest of Show Best of Show
Full Page Advertisement funded by Southwest Art Magazine
Zhiwei Tu OPAM Still Interested
$12,000   24" x 18"
Song of Spirit by Huihan Liu2nd Place Second Place
Full Page Advertisement funded by American Art Collector Magazine
Huihan Liu OPAM Song of Spirit
$75,000   36" x 72"
Stormy Afternoon by Albert Handell3rd Place Third Place
Half Page Advertisement funded by Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine
Albert Handell OPAM Stormy Afternoon
$12,500   22" x 28"
Old Soul by Jeffrey R. Watts Honorable Mention
Online featured artist funded by Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine
Jeffrey R. Watts OPAM Old Soul
$3,000   12" x 9"
Peta by Harley Brown Honorable Mention
$150 Merchandise Certificate funded by Jack Richeson & Company
Harley Brown OPAM Peta
$5,000   12" x 9"
BFF by Nancy S Crookston People's Choice Award of Excellence
$300 Merchandise Certificate funded by Jack Richeson & Company
Nancy S Crookston OPAM BFF
$15,740   40" x 36"
Golden Meadow - Beartooth Range by Ned Mueller Award of Excellence
Hotel package funded by Hofsas House in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Ned Mueller OPAM Golden Meadow - Beartooth Range
$5,200   18" x 24"
White Orchids by Daniel Greene Award of Excellence
$500 cash funded by Mountainsong Galleries and Chatterbox
Daniel Greene OPAM White Orchids
$24,000   12" x 20"

 

Western Regional Award Winners: Mountainsong Galleries

  AWARDS AND DONORS VALUE WINNER PAINTING TITLE
Associate and Signature Division
“Crossing Stockton” by Jeffrey B. Merrill Gold Medal
$4,000 cash award funded by OPA
$4,000 Jeffrey B. Merrill Crossing Stockton
$1,695   14" x 18"
“Setting Sail” by Bushi Luo Silver Medal
Funded by American Art Collector magazine — 1 full page advertisement
$3,100 Bushi Luo Setting Sail
$1,800   24" x 18"
“Sewing Basket” by Stan Rogers Bronze Medal
Funded by Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine
½ page advertisement
$2,000 Stan Rogers Sewing Basket
$3,200   12" x 20"
“The Feathered Hat” by Camille Przewodek Award of Excellence
$1,000 cash award funded by OPA
$1,000 Camille Przewodek OPA The Feathered Hat
$2,900   14" x 11"
“New Peonies” by David B. Riedel Award of Excellence
$1,000 cash award funded by OPA
$1,000 David B. Riedel New Peonies
$6,400   26" x 22"
“Acacia” by Jeremy E. Manyik Award of Excellence
$500 cash award funded by OPA
$500 Jeremy E. Manyik Acacia
$2,600   18" x 24"
“A Bright Spot” by Kim Casebeer Award of Excellence
$500 cash award funded by OPA
$500 Kim Casebeer OPA A Bright Spot
$3,300   24" x 24"
“Fisherman's Wharf” by Suzie G. Baker Award of Excellence
$500 cash award funded by OPA
$500 Suzie G. Baker Fisherman's Wharf
$1,300   12" x 16"
“Pizza da Felice, No. 2” by James Crandall Award of Excellence
$500 cash award funded by OPA
$500 James Crandall OPA Pizza da Felice, No. 2
$4,500   36" x 18"
Master Signature Division
Lady in Shower by Michael Mao Gold Medal
$3,500 cash award funded by OPA
$3,500 Michael Mao OPAM Lady in Shower
$5,000   30" x 25"

 

Eastern Regional Award Winners: Eisele Gallery of Fine Art

  AWARDS AND DONORS VALUE WINNER PAINTING TITLE
Associate and Signature Division
“Little River at Townsend” by Carol Reesor Gold Medal
$4,000 cash award funded by OPA
$4,000 Carol Reesor Little River at Townsend
$1,795   18" x 24"
“Erin” by Mary Qian Silver Medal
Funded by American Art Collector magazine — 1 full page advertisement
$3,100 Mary Qian Erin
$1,800   14" x 14"
“Maasi Madian” by Karla M. Mann Bronze Medal
Funded by Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine
½ page advertisement
$2,000 Karla M. Mann Maasi Madian
$1,850   10" x 8"
“Spring Time!” by Mark A. Boedges Award of Excellence
$1,000 cash award funded by OPA
$1,000 Mark A. Boedges Spring Time!
$6,700   18" x 24"
“Two Tibetans in the Sun” by Christopher Z. Zhang Award of Excellence
$1,000 cash award funded by OPA
$1,000 Christopher Z. Zhang OPA Two Tibetans in the Sun
$9,000   40" x 30"
“Lady in Red” by Hodges D. Soileau Award of Excellence
$500 cash award funded by OPA
$500 Hodges D. Soileau OPA Lady in Red
$3,900   18" x 24"
“Grape Picker” by Marc Chatov Award of Excellence
$500 cash award funded by OPA
$500 Marc Chatov Grape Picker
$7,800   30" x 30"
“Fallen Seeds” by Rob Rey Award of Excellence
$500 merchandise award funded by Larson-Juhl Custom Framing
$500 Rob Rey Fallen Seeds
$1,200   16" x 12"
“The Sound of Jazz” by Patricia Bellerose Award of Excellence
$250 merchandise award funded by PlazaArt.com
$250 Patricia Bellerose The Sound of Jazz
$1,400   12" x 12"
Master Signature Division
Camden Harbor, Foggy Morning by CW Mundy Gold Medal
$3,500 cash award funded by OPA
$3,500 CW Mundy OPAM Camden Harbor, Foggy Morning
$18,500   24" x 36"

 

Summer 2014 Online Showcase Award Winners: opaonlineshowcase.com

  AWARDS AND DONORS VALUE WINNER PAINTING TITLE
Associate Division
“Sharing Secrets” by Anna Bain1st Place First Place
$3,000 cash award, made possible thanks to Dorothy Driehaus Mellin and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.
$3,000 Anna Bain Sharing Secrets
20" x 16"
“Wishing” by Anne Blair Brown2nd Place Second Place
$1,500 cash award, made possible thanks to Dorothy Driehaus Mellin and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.
$1,500 Anne Blair Brown Wishing
16" x 16"
“La Vespertina” by Charles Young Walls3rd Place Third Place
$500 cash award, made possible thanks to Dorothy Driehaus Mellin and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.
$500 Charles Young Walls La Vespertina
20" x 16"
“Jessica” by Ann Kraft Walker Honorable Mention
  Ann Kraft Walker Jessica
13" x 10"
“Valentino” by Suzie Baker Honorable Mention
  Suzie Baker Valentino
20" x 16"
“Hidden in the Woods” by Deborah Tilby Honorable Mention
  Deborah Tilby Hidden in the Woods
16" x 20"
“Hill Country Celebrity” by Jimmy Longacre Honorable Mention
  Jimmy Longacre Hill Country Celebrity
11" x 14"
“Exploring the Basement” by Stephanie Deshpande Honorable Mention
  Stephanie Deshpande Exploring the Basement
30" x 24"
“Maryland Crab Shed” by Mark Boedges Honorable Mention
  Mark Boedges Maryland Crab Shed
14" x 20"
“Wanna go for a walk?” by E Melinda Morrison Honorable Mention
  E Melinda Morrison Wanna go for a walk?
16" x 9"
“Portrait of Nat Benjamin, boat builder and designer” by Elizabeth Whelan Honorable Mention
  Elizabeth Whelan Portrait of Nat Benjamin, boat builder and designer
30" x 24"
“Semper Fi” by Patrick Meehan Honorable Mention
  Patrick Meehan Semper Fi
16" x 12"
“Taking Flight” by Jason Jackson Honorable Mention
  Jason Jackson Taking Flight
24" x 30"