JUROR OF AWARDS
NATIONAL AND REGIONAL SHOWS
DATE APPROVED: August 6, 2001
DATE REVISED: November 20, 2002; February 10, 2003; February 20, 2004; June 10, 2005; February 3, 2006; August 25, 2008, December 14, 2009 and September 13, 2010
The purpose of Oil Painters of America is to preserve and promote representadtional oil painting. One of the several ways in which OPA accomplishes its goal is through juried exhibitions of the works of its qualified members. In its’ National and Regional shows, OPA recognizes superior works of art through awards of cash and merchandise, donated by supporters of the organization.
In order to ensure the mission of advancing representational oil painting, and in order to exalt the reputation of OPA, the process by which jurors are chosen and rules governing the selection of recipients of awards must assure complete objectivity through the elimination of unfair bias and conflicts of interest. Fundamentally, no juror should award, and the Board should not ratify, any distinction when, in so doing, OPA creates or continues an appearance of impropriety.
THEREFORE, it is hereby resolved by the Board of Directors of Oil Painters of America that the following be adopted and followed in all future juried OPA National and Regional Shows:
I. AWARDS JUDGE
The President of the Board of Directors shall select the awards judge, subject to the approval of the Executive Committee. The judge of awards preferably will be a member of OPA. The awards judge may not be a member of the jurying committee, which selected show entrants for the same exhibition.
II. QUALIFYING PAINTINGS
Except as noted immediately below, any painting accepted into the show by the jurying committee or submitted by a Master Signature Member, pursuant to Section 7 of Article IV of the Bylaws, shall be eligible for an award.
The following are not qualified for any award at a National or Regional OPA Juried Exhibition:
- a painting by the awards judge;
- a painting by an immediate relative of the awards judge;
- a painting by an artist who has any financial relationship to the awards judge, and
- a painting that has been entered into another OPA-sponsored juried exhibition of the same level (i.e. national or regional).
- a painting by the current OPA president, with the exception of the Members Choice Award
A Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal (first, second and third, respectively) will be awarded in both the Associate/Signature and Master Signature Divisions.
The Gold Medal will be limited to award to a Signature or an Associate member.
The Gold Medal for Master Signature members will be limited to award to Master Signature members.
No painting shall be eligible for more than one award and no artist shall receive more than one award in any single juried exhibition with the exception of the Members' Choice award.
Eligibility is granted only once every two years for the same artist for the Gold Medal in both the Associate/Signature and Master Signature Divisions.
III. SELECTION/DESIGNATION OF AWARDS
It is the responsibility of the awards judge to independently and objectively select the paintings deserving of honors. The judge of awards should not solicit the opinions of others before coming to his/her final determinations and recording the results.
In the event the awards judge feels, for any reason whatsoever, that his/her objectivity may be compromised, or believes that there is the potential for the appearance of impropriety in completing his/her responsibilities, the awards judge should immediately advise the President of the Board, or the President's designee, and resign the assignment. A replacement awards judge will thereafter be selected.
Should an award be later deemed inconsistent with these policies, for any reason, and voided by the Board as outlined below, then the Board, in consultation with the donor (if other than OPA) shall determine whether the monetary or merchandise award should be bestowed on another artist for a deserving painting, returned to the donor, or otherwise distributed.
IV. AWARDS AVAILABLE
- NATIONAL EXHIBITION
A listing of awards will be provided in the show catalog. A separate listing may also be provided by OPA. The Gold Medal in the Associate/Signature Division is available for Signature and Associate Members and is financed by Oil Painters of America. The Gold Medal in the Master Signature Division is available for Master Signature Members and is financed by Oil Painters of America and additional cash contributions. The amount for each Division shall be determined annually by the Board of Directors. Ribbons will be awarded to each of the award winners and displayed on the painting during the exhibition. All ribbons will contain the wording "Oil Painters of America 20XX National Exhibition."
- REGIONAL EXHIBITIONS
Minimum awards for regional exhibitions include a $4,000 Gold Medal which shall be available to Signature and Associate Members, $3,500 Gold Medal which shall be available to a Master Signature Member, $1,000 Silver Medal, $1,000 Bronze Medal, and four $500 Award of Excellence Awards. These awards are financed by OPA. Ribbons will be awarded to each of the award winners and displayed on the painting during the exhibition. All ribbons will contain the wording "Oil Painters of America 200X Regional Exhibition."
V. BOARD REVIEW AND RATIFICATION
The Board of Directors retains the right to review the decisions of the Judge of Awards for any improprieties and, in its sole discretion, void any award that has been made contrary to these policies.
OF JUROR OF AWARDS
- JUROR OF AWARDS – NATIONAL EXHIBITION
The Juror of Awards for a national exhibition shall be compensated $1,000.00 honorarium plus reasonable and customary expenses effective January 1, 2004. The judge shall be asked to make his selection the day before the opening events.
- JUROR OF AWARDS
– REGIONAL EXHIBITION
The awards judge for a regional exhibition shall be compensated $500.00 honorarium plus reasonable and customary expenses effective January 1, 2004. Whenever possible, selection of the judge shall be from individuals living within close proximity where travel expenses shall be minimal.
1 - JUROR OF AWARDS
Mission Statement & Bylaws
2 - SELECTION COMMITTEE
3 - MASTERS
4 - SIGNATURE MEMBERS
5 - MEMBER CONTACT LIST
6 - GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS
7 - ORIGINAL WORK
8 - ELIGIBLE PAINTINGS
9 - JUROR OF AWARDS TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENT
11 - BOARD OF DIRECTOR'S TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENT