Scholarships

Shirl Smithson Memorial Scholarships

Established in 1991, the Oil Painters of America is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the pursuit of representational art. Oil Painters of America (OPA) offers four $500 scholarships appropriately named after its founding member, Shirl Smithson.  The Shirl Smithson Memorial Scholarships are open to all current Associate members.

Scholarships are awarded annually and applications for consideration must be received by December 1. Three of the four scholarships are designated for active OPA members and one scholarship is awarded to a part or full-time student currently enrolled in art school or an art related program. (Students need not be OPA members to apply)

Based on a review of the application materials, the scholarship committee will select four OPA members to receive a scholarship based on the quality and strength of the art work submitted and the potential for further development.  One scholarship is designated specifically for a student member who is currently enrolled as a full-time student.

Scholarships must be used to attend a workshop or class in representational oil painting. Award winners must receive approval from Oil Painters of America prior to enrolling or attending a workshop or class.  All scholarship funding will be sent directly from OPA to the designated workshop and/or class.

All Associate members are encouraged to apply.  Recipients of a scholarship are eligible to apply again.

By December 1, potential recipients should submit an application which includes an artist’s statement, artist’s resume and a CD containing six representational images of his/her work.  The request should be sent to the OPA General Office and designated “Scholarship Application.”  Applicants will be notified by March 1.

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Shirl Smithson Memorial Scholarship Awardees

    2013
  • Nancy Boren
  • Diana Moses Botkin
  • Denise Imke
  • Barbara Zanelli Student
    2012
  • Jeffrey A. Love
  • Cathy Priest
  • Kathie Wheeler
  • Kelli Fulsom Student
    2011
  • Christine Debrosky
  • Ying Liu
  • Adam Nowak Student
    2010
  • Becky Joy
  • Renate Reuter
  • Diane White
    2009
  • Patricia Huber
  • Tom Hilscher
  • Katie Stearns
  • Katrina Weber Student
    2008
  • Jill Brabant
  • Danny Griego
  • Michael Chesley Johnson
  • Susan Ploughe
    2007
  • Scott Boyle
  • Christine Hooker
  • Doug Martin
  • V... Vaughan
    2006
  • Margaret Dyer
  • Jane Ford
  • Doug Martin
  • Anne Spoon Student
    2005
  • Roberta Remy
  • Ryan Schultz Student
    2004
  • Cody DeLong
    2003
  • Ryan Shultz

 

 

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Crystal Lake, Illinois
60039-2488
 
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