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2015 Awardees

24th National Juried Exhibition: Cutter & Cutter Fine Art at its Brilliance in Color Gallery
Master Signature Division

  AWARDS AND DONORS VALUE WINNER PAINTING TITLE
“The Beauty of the Dance” by David Leffel1st Place Gold Medal Award
Funded by OPA and Friends of OPA. (Eligibility only once every three years for the same artist)
$5,000 David Leffel OPAM The Beauty of the Dance
$120,000   32" x 26"
“Caroline” by John Michael Carter2nd Place Silver Medal Award
Funded by American Art Collector: two-page feature article on award winner
$6,200 John Michael Carter OPAM Caroline
$15,000   40" x 30"
“Rocks by the Sea” by Ruo Li3rd Place Bronze Medal Award
Funded by Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine: one full page advertisement valued at $3,800
$3,800 Ruo Li OPAM Rocks by the Sea
$6,800   20" x 30"
“Book of Dreams” by David Hettinger Most Original Award of Excellence
Funded by Southwest Art Magazine - one full-page advertisement valued at $3,380
$3,380 David Hettinger OPAM Book of Dreams
$8,900   20" x 24"
“Crimson and Rose” by Daniel Gerhartz Donors' Award of Excellence
$1,000 cash donation funded by Friends of OPA, $500 merchandise certificate funded by Michael Harding Handmade Artists Oil Colours
$1,500 Daniel Gerhartz OPAM Crimson and Rose
$38,000   60" x 36"
“Yi Shu Jia” by Kevin Macpherson Shirl Smithson Founders' Award for Master Signature Members
Funded by the Shirl Smithson Family
$500 Kevin Macpherson OPAM Yi Shu Jia
$8,500   20" x 16"

24th National Juried Exhibition: Cutter & Cutter Fine Art at its Brilliance in Color Gallery
Associate Signature Division

  AWARDS AND DONORS VALUE WINNER PAINTING TITLE
“Pure Religion is This” by Jonathan Stasko1st Place Gold Medal Award
Funded by Oil Painters of America
(Eligibility only once every 3 years for the same artist)
$25,000 Jonathan Stasko Pure Religion is This
$6,000   24" x 40"
“Winter” by Mary Qian2nd Place Silver Medal Award
Funded by American Art Collector Magazine: Two-page feature article on award winner valued at $6,200
$6,200 Mary Qian Winter
$4,500   19" x 30"
“Saturation Point” by Mike Wise3rd Place Bronze Medal Award
Funded by Plein Air Magazine
One full-page advertisement valued at $3,800
$3,800 Mike Wise OPA Saturation Point
$2,100   16" x 20"
“The Fiddler” by Hodges D. Soileau Best Signature Award of Excellence
$1,250 cash donation funded by FASO
$1,250 Hodges D. Soileau OPA The Fiddler
$3,900   16" x 24"
“The Last Pines” by Paul F. Batch Best Associate Award of Excellence
$1,250 cash donation funded by FASO
$1,250 Paul F. Batch The Last Pines
$7,500   30" x 30"
“The Days Were Accomplished” by Justin Kunz Most Original Award of Excellence
Merchandise certificate funded by Jack Richeson & Company
$1,000 Justin Kunz The Days Were Accomplished
$1,000   10" x 8"
“Am I Ready for This?” by John D. Cook Donor's Award of Excellence
$1,000 cash donation funded by Friends of OPA
$1,000 John D. Cook Am I Ready for This?
$6,500   20" x 24"
“The Eternal Dance” by Charles Young Walls Presidents' Award of Excellence
$1,000 cash donation funded by Past Presidents Zhiwei Tu OPAM and Betty Schmidt
$1,000 Charles Young Walls The Eternal Dance
$6,500   30" x 15"
“The Tavern” by Jack Saylor Realism Award of Excellence
Merchandise certificates funded by: $500 Blick Art Materials, $500 Gamblin Artists Colors, $100 New Wave Fine Art Products
$1,100 Jack Saylor The Tavern
$3,200   20" x 20"
“A Moral Scale” by Agnieszka Pilat Realism Honorable Mention
$500 oil color set provided by M. Graham, $250 merchandise certificate funded by Ampersand Art Supply
$750 Agnieszka Pilat A Moral Scale
$2,900   30" x 24"
“Cloud Dance” by Kim Casebeer Ted Goerschner OPAM Memorial Impressionist Award of Excellence
$1,000 cash donation funded by friends of Ted Goerschner OPAM
$1,000 Kim Casebeer OPA Cloud Dance
$4,700   30"x 30"
“Backyard” by Fongwei Liu Impressionist Honorable Mention
Merchandise certificates funded by: $500 Williamsburg Paints, $250 SourceTek
$750 Fongwei Liu OPA Backyard
$4,200   24" x 18"
“Keep Your Eye on the Ball” by Jay Davenport Animal Award of Excellence
$500 cash donation funded by OPA, Merchandise certificates funded by: $500 Jack Richeson & Company, $100 New Wave Fine Art Products
$1,100 Jay Davenport Keep Your Eye on the Ball
$3,200   8" x 8"
“Golden Boy” by William Pealatere Animal Honorable Mention
Merchandise certificates funded by: $500 Michael Harding Handmade Artists Oil Colours, $250 Martin F. Weber
$750 William Pealatere Golden Boy
$4,000   14" x 11"
“Looking Back” by Sue Foell John August Dietrich Memorial Figurative Award of Excellence
$1,000 cash donation funded by RayMar Art
$1,000 Sue Foell Looking Back
$1,800   16" x 12"
“Traces of Time” by Esperanza Chavez Figurative Honorable Mention
Merchandise certificates funded by: $500 Williamsburg Paints, $250 Martin F. Weber
$750 Esperanza Chavez Traces of Time
$3,000   30" x 20"
“As Evening Approaches” by John F. Budicin Landscape Award of Excellence
Merchandise certificates funded by: $500 Glaser Frames, $500 Gamblin Artists Colors, $100 Gamblin Artists Colors, $100 New Wave Fine Art Products
$1,100 John F. Budicin OPA As Evening Approaches
$3,400   10" x 16"
“Aspen View” by Cristen Miller Landscape Honorable Mention
Merchandise certificates funded by: $500 Michael Harding Handmade Artists Oil Colours, $250 Guerilla Painter
$760 Cristen Miller Aspen View
$2,000   16" x 20"
“Bruce” by Jeff Morrow Portraiture Award of Excellence
$550 cash donation funded by OPA, $216 Oil Color Set of 20 provided by Holbein Artist Materials, $100 merchandise certificate funded by Gamblin Artists Colors, $100 New Wave Fine Art Products, $250 Sennelier Plein Air Oil Set + 2 brushes provided by Savoir-Faire
$1,100 Jeff Morrow Bruce
$2,800   10" x 8"
“You Done Yet?” by Dominique I. Medici Portraiture Honorable Mention
Merchandise certificates funded by: $500 Natural Pigments, $250 Airfloat Systems
$750 Dominique I. Medici You Done Yet?
$1,200   14" x 11"
“Harbor” by Vahe Yeremyan Seascape Award of Excellence
$500 cash donation funded by OPA, Merchandise certificates funded by: $500 Rosemary & Company, $100 New Wave Fine Art Products
$1,100 Vahe Yeremyan Harbor
$2,200   16" x 20"
“Tarpon Reflections” by Katie Dobson Cundiff Seascape Honorable Mention
Merchandise certificates funded by: $500 Michael Harding Handmade Artists Oil Colours, $250 ArtFrames.com
$750 Katie Dobson Cundiff Tarpon Reflections
$2,850   24" x 18"
“Sharing the Stage” by John P. Lasater IV Still Life Award of Excellence
$500 cash donation funded by OPA, $500 Mussini Oil Set by Schmincke, $100 Vernet Oil Color Set provided by Holbein Artists Materials
$1,100 John P. Lasater IV Sharing the Stage
$4,500   20" x 24"
“Heavy Metal” by Qiang Huang Still Life Honorable Mention
Merchandise certificates funded by: $500 Blue Ridge Oil Colors, $250 Liliedahl Video Productions
$750 Qiang Huang OPA Heavy Metal
$2,500   12" x 16"
“Texas of the South Pacific” by Christian Hemme Outstanding Composition and Technique Award of Excellence
$500 cash donation
Funded by Yan Sun Art Museum
$500 Christian Hemme Texas of the South Pacific
$10,100   24" x 48"
“Road Warriors” by Douglas Morgan Neil Patterson OPAM Award of Excellence
$250 cash donation
Funded by OPA Past President Neil Patterson OPAM
$250 Douglas Morgan OPA Road Warriors
$4,000   15" x 30"

24th National Exhibition
Dorothy Driehaus Mellin Fellowship for Midwestern Artists

“Other Side of the Tracks” by Shelby L. Keefe 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 Shelby L. Keefe Other Side of the Tracks
$3,200   28" x 22"
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.

City By The Sea Plein Air Paintout at the 24th National Exhibition

  AWARDS AND DONORS VALUE WINNER PAINTING TITLE
“Aviles Street” by John Michael Carter1st Place First Place
Funded by Plein Air Magazine
1 Full-Page Advertisement
$3,800 John Michael Carter OPAM Aviles Street
 
“Washington Oaks Sunlight” by Albin Veselka2nd Place Second Place
Funded by Southwest Art Magazine
1 Full-Page Advertisement
$3,380 Albin Veselka Washington Oaks Sunlight
 
“Spanish Umbrella” by Kami Mendlik3rd Place Third Place
Funded by Fredrix Artist Canvas
(3) 18" x 24" gallery oil linen canvases ($334 value) and Williamsburg Oil Set ($65 value)
$400 Kami Mendlik Spanish Umbrella
 
“Hidden Pond” by Louis Escobedo Fourth Place
Funded by Guerilla Painter
$100 Merchandise Certificate
$100 Louis Escobedo OPA Hidden Pond
 
“Cloudscape Meditation” by Karen Rose Fifth Place
Funded by Guerilla Painter
$100 Merchandise Certificate
$100 Karen Rose Cloudscape Meditation
 
“Coquina Rocks” by Kirk Larsen Honorable Mention
Funded by Guerilla Painter
$100 Merchandise Certificate
$100 Kirk Larsen Coquina Rocks
 
“Passing Through” by Suzie Baker Honorable Mention
Funded by Williamsburg Handmade Oil Colors
Oil set valued at $65
$65 Suzie Baker Passing Through
 
“Spanish Moss” by Howard Friedland Honorable Mention
Funded by Williamsburg Handmade Oil Colors
Oil set valued at $53
$53 Howard Friedland OPA Spanish Moss
 
“Momentary Shadows” by Donna Biggee Honorable Mention
Funded by Williamsburg Handmade Oil Colors
Oil set valued at $53
$53 Donna Biggee Momentary Shadows
 

 

Western Regional Award Winners: Wild Horse Gallery

  AWARDS AND DONORS VALUE WINNER PAINTING TITLE
Associate and Signature Division
“Pushing Strays” by Johne P. Richardson Gold Medal
$4,000 cash award funded by OPA
$4,000 Johne P. Richardson Pushing Strays
$2,400   18" x 24"
“Monterey Pier” by David R. Dibble Silver Medal
Art Focus funded by American Art Collector Magazine
$3,100 David R. Dibble Monterey Pier
$1,200   8" x 10"
“Under the Tibetan Sun” by Andrew Lu Bronze Medal
Half-page advertisement funded by Fine Art Connoisseur
$2,000 Andrew Lu Under the Tibetan Sun
$8,000   20" x 30"
“Green Lips” by Sheri Farabaugh Award of Excellence
$1,000 cash award funded by OPA
$1,000 Sheri Farabaugh Green Lips
$675   9" x 12"
“Sunflowers and Jade” by Elizabeth Robbins Award of Excellence
$1,000 cash award funded by OPA
$1,000 Elizabeth Robbins OPA Sunflowers and Jade
$2,200   12" x 16"
“Ghost Tour” by Brian Slawson Award of Excellence
$500 cash award funded by OPA
$500 Brian Slawson OPA Ghost Tour
$9,000   20" x 30"
“Evening in Questa” by Tim Deibler Award of Excellence
$500 cash award funded by OPA
$500 Tim Deibler OPA Evening in Questa
$1,700   12" x 24"
“Lake of Glass (Study)” by Dave A. Santillanes Award of Excellence
$500 cash award funded by OPA
$500 Dave A. Santillanes OPA Lake of Glass (Study)
$1,800   12" x 18"
“Desert Vision” by Ray Roberts Award of Excellence
$500 cash award funded by OPA
$500 Ray Roberts Desert Vision
$8,500   30" x 24"
“A Perfect Spot” by Carol Jenkins Award of Excellence
$250 cash award funded by Trekell & Company
$250 Carol Jenkins A Perfect Spot
$1,300   12" x 16"
Master Signature Division
January Morning by John Michael Carter Gold Medal
$3,500 cash award funded by OPA
$3,500 John Michael Carter OPAM January Morning
$4,500   24" x 18"