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2019 Awardees

National Exhibition Award Winners: Illume Gallery of Fine Art

  AWARDS AND DONORS VALUE WINNER PAINTING TITLE

Signature Division

“Gems” by Susan Lyon1st Place Gold Medal Award
Funded by Oil Painters of America (Eligibility only once every two years for the same artist)
$25,000 Susan Lyon Gems
$6,000   24" x 18"
“August Mums” by Katie Liddiard2nd Place Silver Medal Award
Funded by American Art Collector Magazine Two-page feature article on award winner
$6,200 Katie Liddiard August Mums
$3,800   12" x 24"
“Spring Riches” by Mike T. Malm3rd Place Bronze Medal Award
Funded by Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine One full-page advertisement
$3,995 Mike T. Malm Spring Riches
$8,100   30" x 30"
“Nature's Reverie” by Johanna Harmon Best Signature Award of Excellence
Cash donation funded by FASO ($750), Merchandise certificates funded by Gamblin Artists Colors ($500) and Airfloat Systems ($250)
$1,500 Johanna Harmon OPA Nature's Reverie
$8,900   28" x 40"
“Sunday Afternoon” by Tom L. Nachreiner Best Signature Honorable Mention
Easel light funded by Revelite ($650) and Merchandise certificate funded by Savoir-Faire ($250)
$900 Tom L. Nachreiner OPA Sunday Afternoon
$8,500   30" x 40"
“Dream Boat Nocturne” by Neal J. Hughes Best Associate Award of Excellence
Cash donation funded by FASO ($750), Merchandise certificates funded by Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff ($500) and ArtFrames ($250)
$1,500 Neal J. Hughes Dream Boat Nocturne
$4,800   18" x 24"
“Streaming at Dusk” by Steven S. Walker Best Associate Honorable Mention
Easel light funded by Revelite ($650) and Merchandise certificate funded by Savoir-Faire ($250)
$900 Steven S. Walker Streaming at Dusk
$1,900   12" x 24"
“Creative Mind At Rest” by Jenna M. Lineweaver Most Original Award of Excellence
Artwork Archive Lifetime Master Account ($1,250) and Merchandise certificate funded by Savoir-Faire ($250)
$1,500 Jenna M. Lineweaver Creative Mind At Rest
$2,195   30" x 24"
“Brevity” by David R. Dibble Outstanding Composition and Technique Award of Excellence
Artwork Archive Lifetime Master Account ($1,250) and Merchandise certificate funded by Savoir-Faire ($250)
$1,500 David R. Dibble OPA Brevity
$6,000   30" x 30"
“May Day” by Robert Papp Presidents’ Award of Excellence
Cash donation funded by Past Presidents Zhiwei Tu OPAM and Betty Schmidt
$1,000 Robert Papp May Day
$9,000   26" x 32"
“Harshest Critic” by Blair Atherholt Art Renewal Center Realism Award of Excellence
Cash donation funded by Art Renewal Center
$1,000 Blair Atherholt Harshest Critic
$6,500   34" x 22"
“Grace in the Fall” by Jenedy Paige Realism Honorable Mention
Merchandise certificate funded by Trekell Art Supply ($500) and an assortment of oil paints by Jack Richeson & Co ($250)
$750 Jenedy Paige Grace in the Fall
$8,000   36" x 24"
“Abundance” by Derek W. Penix Ted Goerschner OPAM Memorial Impressionist Award of Excellence
Cash donation funded by friends of Ted Goerschner OPA
$1,000 Derek W. Penix Abundance
$13,000   30" x 36"
“Not in Service” by Mike Peterson Impressionist Honorable Mention
Merchandise certificates funded by Gamblin Artists Colors ($500) and Liliedahl Video Productions ($250)
$750 Mike Peterson Not in Service
$1,500   20" x 16"
“Many Long Years Ago” by TJ Cunningham Animal Award of Excellence
Merchandise certificate funded by Blick Art Materials
$1,000 TJ Cunningham Many Long Years Ago
$7,500   19.5" x 59.5"
“The Return” by Joe J. Ceballos Animal Honorable Mention
Merchandise certificates funded by JFM Enterprises ($500) and Liliedahl Video Productions ($250)
$750 Joe J. Ceballos The Return
$3,200   24" x 24"
“Holding on to a Dream” by Robin G. Williamson John August Dietrich Memorial Figurative Award of Excellence
Cash donation funded by RayMar Art
$1,000 Robin G. Williamson Holding on to a Dream
$3,800   30" x 24"
“Childhood Brook” by Raj Chaudhuri Figurative Honorable Mention
Oil color set funded by M. Graham & Company ($500), Merchandise certificate funded by Rett Ashby Designs ($250)
$750 Raj Chaudhuri Childhood Brook
$3,000   24" x 30"
“Lost Eden Canyon, Lake Powell” by Joshua D. Clare Alden Bryan Memorial Landscape Painting Award of Excellence
Cash donation funded by the Alden and Mary Bryan Arts Fund and the Vermont Community Foundation
$1,000 Joshua D. Clare Lost Eden Canyon, Lake Powell
$4,800   24" x 24"
“Evening Glow” by J. Ken Spencer Landscape Honorable Mention
Merchandise certificates funded by Blue Ridge Oil colors ($500) and Rosemary & Company Artists Brushes ($250)
$750 J. Ken Spencer OPA Evening Glow
$5,500   24" x 30"
“Tough Enough to Wear Pink” by Steve G. Atkinson Portraiture Award of Excellence
Merchandise certificate funded by Savoir-Faire
$1,000 Steve G. Atkinson OPA Tough Enough to Wear Pink
$3,000   16" x 20"
“Bradford” by Kurt L. Anderson Portraiture Honorable Mention
Merchandise certificate funded by Williamsburg Handmade Oil Colors ($500) and pre-selected panels from SourceTek Art Supply ($250)
$750 Kurt L. Anderson OPA Bradford
$7,400   40" x 30"
“Atlantic Storm” by Karen Blackwood Seascape Award of Excellence
Merchandise certificate funded by Michael Harding Artist Oil Colours
$1,000 Karen Blackwood Atlantic Storm
$2,500   12" x 16"
“Rocky Cove” by Rebecca Leer Seascape Honorable Mention
Merchandise certificate funded by Williamsburg Handmade Oil Colors ($500) and Ampersand Art Supply ($250)
$750 Rebecca Leer Rocky Cove
$4,700   24" x 30"
“Silence” by Jim T. McVicker Still Life Award of Excellence
Merchandise certificate funded by Maimeri Puro Oils
$1,000 Jim T. McVicker Silence
$10,000   30" x 24"
“Cheese and Wine” by Yelena Snovsky Still Life Honorable Mention
Merchandise certificate funded by Rembrandt Oils ($500) and pre-selected panels from SourceTek Art Supply ($250)
$750 Yelena Snovsky Cheese and Wine
$750   9" x 12"
“The Bowery” by Jim Carson Neil Patterson OPAM Award of Excellence
Cash donation funded by OPA Past President Neil Patterson OPAM
$250 Jim Carson The Bowery
$2,700   24" x 30"
“Parisian Bathroom 2” by Mary Sauer Members’ Choice Award of Excellence
Merchandise certificate funded by Blick Art Materials
$1,000 Mary Sauer Parisian Bathroom 2
$11,000   30" x 30"
“Abundance” by Derek W. Penix Members’ Choice Honorable Mention
Grumbacher 10-color Oil Set & Gesso and pre-selected Schmincke & Weber mediums
$557 Derek W. Penix Abundance
$13,000   30" x 36"

Master Signature Division

Isaiah by Daud Akhriev1st Place Gold Medal Award
Funded by OPA and Friends of OPA. (Eligibility only once every two years for the same artist)
$7,500 Daud Akhriev OPAM Isaiah
$20,000   30" x 40"
The Chinese Robe by John Michael Carter2nd Place Silver Medal Award
Funded by American Art Collector Magazine - two-page feature article on award winner
$6,200 John Michael Carter OPAM The Chinese Robe
$20,000   30" x 40"
Champion by James Tennison3rd Place Bronze Medal Award
Funded by Plein Air Magazine - one full-page advertisement
$3,995 James Tennison OPAM Champion
$9,500   36" x 36"
Childhood Dream by Jan Peng Wang Most Original Award of Excellence
Funded by Southwest Art Magazine - one full-page advertisement
$3,380 Jan Peng Wang OPAM Childhood Dream
$5,500   20" x 24"
Lines of Heritage by Cindy Baron Donors’ Award of Excellence
Merchandise certificate funded by Michael Harding Handmade Artist Oil Colours ($500) and Cash donation funded by Friends of OPA ($500)
$1,000 Cindy Baron OPAM Lines of Heritage
$8,200   24" x 30"
Coexistence by Jeff Legg Realism Award of Excellence
Merchandise certificate funded by Savoir-Faire
$1,000 Jeff Legg OPAM Coexistence
$28,500   30" x 36"
By Mountain Stream, High Key by Quang Ho Impressionist Award of Excellence
Merchandise certificate funded by Blue Ridge Oil Colors ($500) and Cash donation funded by FASO ($500)
$1,000 Quang Ho OPAM By Mountain Stream, High Key
$14,000   30" x 30"
Peaceful Flow by Albert Handell Shirl Smithson Founders’ Award for Master Signature Members
Cash donation funded by the Shirl Smithson Family
$500 Albert Handell OPAM Peaceful Flow
$16,500   30" x 36"
By Mountain Stream, High Key by Quang Ho Members’ Choice Award for Master Signature Members
Merchandise certificate funded by JFM Enterprises ($500) and Cash donation funded by Bella Muse Productions ($500)
$1,000 Quang Ho OPAM By Mountain Stream, High Key
$14,000   30" x 30"
The Secret Adversary by Nancy S. Crookston Members’ Choice Honorable Mentions Award for Master Signature Members
Merchandise certificate funded by Gamblin Artists Colors
$500 Nancy S. Crookston OPAM The Secret Adversary
$6,400   36" x 24"

Southwest Treasures Wet Paint Competition Plein Air Division

St. George by Doug Braithwaite First Place
Funded by Southwest Art Magazine - one full-page advertisement
$3,380 Doug Braithwaite St. George
$1,500   12" x 16"
Snow Canyon by John P. Lasater IV Second Place
Funded by Western Art Collector Magazine - one half-page advertisement
$2,300 John P. Lasater IV Snow Canyon
$950   9" x 12"
Pots by Kalie Graves Third Place
Funded by Plein Air Magazine - one quarter-page advertisement ($1,200) and Cash donation funded by FASO ($250)
$1,450 Kalie Graves Pots
$300   11" x 14"

Studio Division

Sage Advice by Nancy S. Crookston OPAM First Place
Funded by Southwest Art Magazine - one full-page advertisement
$3,380 Nancy S. Crookston OPAM Sage Advice
$1,550   14" x 11"
Blue Green Vase by Jeremy Goodding Second Place
Funded by Western Art Collector Magazine - one half-page advertisement
$2,300 Jeremy Goodding Blue Green Vase
$2,150   13" x 15"
Farra in White by Julie Rogers Third Place
Merchandise certificates funded by Trekell Art Supplies ($500), Maimeri Puro ($500) and Rosemary & Co. Artists Brushes ($250) and Cash donation funded by FASO ($250)
$1,500 Julie Rogers Farra in White
$3,500   14" x 22"

Combined Division

Before the Rain by Bill Cramer Wet Paint Award of Excellence
Holbein Vernet Superior Oil Color Set of 12 ($280), Merchandise certificate funded by Guerrilla Painter ($100) and New Wave Fine Art Products 12”x16” POSH Glass + Grey Pad Hand Held Model ($47)
$427 Bill Cramer Before the Rain
$1,600   16" x 16"
Desert Path by Greg LaRock OPA Wet Paint Award of Excellence
Holbein Artist Oil Colors Set of 20 ($242), Merchandise certificate funded by Guerrilla Painter ($100) and New Wave Fine Art Products 12”x16” POSH Glass + Grey Pad Hand Held Model ($47)
$389 Greg LaRock OPA Desert Path
$1,600   12" x 16"
Grafton Cabin by Lynne Fearman Wet Paint Award of Excellence
Cash donation funded by OPA ($100) and New Wave Fine Art Products 9”x12” Grey POSH Glass Palette ($26)
$126 Lynne Fearman Grafton Cabin
$675   9" x 12"
Roses on Marble by Kelli Folsom OPA Wet Paint Award of Excellence
Merchandise certificate funded by Guerrilla Painter ($100) and New Wave Fine Art Products 9”x12” Grey POSH Glass Palette ($26)
$126 Kelli Folsom OPA Roses on Marble
$1,200   9" x 12"
Morning on the Desert Ledge by Alicia L. Finlayson Wet Paint Award of Excellence
Merchandise certificate funded by Jack Richeson & Co.
$125 Alicia L. Finlayson Morning on the Desert Ledge
$600   9" x 12"
Iris in Red by Vicki Walker Wet Paint Award of Excellence
Merchandise certificate funded by Jack Richeson & Co.
$100 Vicki Walker Iris in Red
$350   11" x 14"
Kazenta Morning by Bonnie McGee Wet Paint Award of Excellence
Cash donation funded by OPA ($75) and New Wave Fine Art Products 9”x12” Clear POSH Glass Palette ($24)
$99 Bonnie McGee Kazenta Morning
$950   9" x 12"
Borrowed Time by Kathie Odom Wet Paint Award of Excellence
Cash donation funded by OPA ($50) and New Wave Fine Art Products 9”x12” Clear POSH Glass Palette ($24)
$74 Kathie Odom Borrowed Time
$1,400   10" x 16"

28th National Exhibition
Dorothy Driehaus Mellin Fellowship for Midwestern Artists

“Settling In” by William A Suys The Dorothy Driehaus Mellin Fellowship for Midwestern Artists
$20,000 William A Suys OPA Settling In
$7,800   24" x 48"
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, Missouri, Ohio or Wisconsin.

 

Virtuosos Award Winners: Cutter & Cutter Fine Art

  AWARDS AND DONORS VALUE WINNER PAINTING TITLE

Signature Division

“Black Velvet” by David Mueller First Place
One full- page advertisement in Southwest Art Magazine
$3,380 David Mueller OPA Black Velvet
$9,000   48" x 14"
“Burton Silverman: American Artist” by Chris Saper Second Place
One half-page advertisement in Plein Air Magazine
$2,150 Chris Saper OPA Burton Silverman: American Artist
$7,500   28" x 28"
“Nature's Blush” by MaryBeth Karaus Third Place
Cash award funded by OPA
$750 MaryBeth Karaus OPA Nature's Blush
$4,900   35" x 27"
“True Blue” by Sara Doberstein Fourth Place
Cash award funded by OPA
$500 Sara Doberstein OPA True Blue
$5,000   30" x 30"
“Figure in Red” by Anna Rose Bain Fifth Place
$500 merchandise certificate funded by Savoir-Faire
$500 Anna Rose Bain OPA Figure in Red
$8,150   30" x 30"
“My Compliments” by Patrick Meehan Sixth Place
Cash award funded by OPA
$400 Patrick Meehan OPA My Compliments
$850   12" x 9"
“Evening Treasure” by Chuck Larivey Seventh Place
Cash award funded by OPA
$300 Chuck Larivey OPA Evening Treasure
$7,950   32" x 32"
“Lithesome” by Jane Chapin Eighth Place
Cash award funded by OPA
$250 Jane Chapin OPA Lithesome
$9,900   40" x 30"

Combined Signature and Master Signature Division

Together by Rou Li Award of Excellence
Funded by OPA
$200 Rou Li OPAM Together
$3,900   15" x 26"
Mister Gepetto by Nancy S. Crookston Award of Excellence
Funded by OPA
$200 Nancy S. Crookston OPAM Mister Gepetto
$6,400   36" x 24"
Starlit Dance by Huihan Liu Award of Excellence
Funded by OPA
$200 Huihan Liu OPAM Starlit Dance
$3,800   12" x 9"
Water Pistol Fractal by Lisa Fricker Award of Excellence
Funded by OPA
$200 Lisa Fricker OPA Water Pistol Fractal
$1,800.00   18" x 18"
World Traveler 1 by Sabina Turner Award of Excellence
Funded by OPA
$200 Sabina Turner OPA World Traveler 1
$3,800   24" x 36"
Catch of the Day by Jeff Legg Award of Excellence
Funded by OPA
$200 Jeff Legg OPAM Catch of the Day
$15,500   18" x 24"
His Grandfather's Piano<br />
(the Music Room) by Daud Akhriev Award of Excellence
Funded by OPA
$200 Daud Akhriev OPAM His Grandfather's Piano
(the Music Room)
$5,200   16" x 20"
Harvest Moon Gladiolas by Margret Short Award of Excellence
Funded by OPA
$200 Margret Short OPA Harvest Moon Gladiolas
$15,950   30" x 30"

Master Signature Division

Romance by John Michael Carter First Place
Featured in Artist Focus section funded by American Art Collector Magazine
$3,400 John Michael Carter OPAM Romance
$20,000   40" x 30"
Daffodils and Quince by Kathy Anderson Second Place
One half-page advertisement in Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine
$2,150 Kathy Anderson OPAM Daffodils and Quince
$4,500   16" x 20"
Chief by Christopher Zhang Fourth Place
$500 merchandise certificate funded by Savoir-Faire
$500 Christopher Zhang OPAM Chief
$9,600   42" x 24"

Spring 2019 Online Showcase Award Winners

Thanks to our Juror of Awards Nikolo Balkanski for lending his time and expertise!

  AWARDS AND DONORS VALUE WINNER PAINTING TITLE

Associate Division

“Illumination” by Karen Blackwood1st Place First Place
$3,000 cash award, made possible thanks to Dorothy Driehaus Mellin and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.
$3,000 Karen Blackwood Illumination
16" x 20"
“Winter Sunset” by Janet Frost2nd Place Second Place
$1,500 cash award, made possible thanks to Dorothy Driehaus Mellin and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.
$1,500 Janet Frost Winter Sunset
18" x 24"
“Reverie” by Tina Garrett3rd Place Third Place
$500 cash award, made possible thanks to Dorothy Driehaus Mellin and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.
$500 Tina Garrett Reverie
20" x 30"
“Royal Sticks & Stones” by Brandon Gonzales Honorable Mention
  Brandon Gonzales Royal Sticks & Stones
32" x 16"
“Hydrangeas” by Lani Browning Honorable Mention
  Lani Browning Hydrangeas
14" x 18"
“Awaiting Dawn” by Jim Wodark Honorable Mention
  Jim Wodark Awaiting Dawn
36" x 24"
“Happyness Is” by Sherrie Nielsen Honorable Mention
  Sherrie Nielsen Happyness Is
24" x 20"
“Portrait of John Henry Hanzlik” by Stephanie Paige Thomson Honorable Mention
  Stephanie Paige Thomson Portrait of John Henry Hanzlik
28" x 22"
“The Gold Coat” by Hope Reis Honorable Mention
  Hope Reis The Gold Coat
24" x 30"
“Raking Light at Ghost Ranch” by Barbara Coleman Honorable Mention
  Barbara Coleman Raking Light at Ghost Ranch
24" x 18"
“Morning Coffee” by Trent Gudmundsen Honorable Mention
  Trent Gudmundsen Morning Coffee
30" x 40"
“Mellow Yellow” by Yvonne Bonacci Honorable Mention
  Yvonne Bonacci Mellow Yellow
32" x 16"
“Mechanical Staccato and Scotch” by Dorothy Lorenze Honorable Mention
  Dorothy Lorenze Mechanical Staccato and Scotch
14" x 11"