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2021 Awardees

2021 Awardees

30th Annual National Exhibition Award Winners:
California Center for the Arts, Escondido Museum

  AWARDS AND DONORS VALUE WINNER PAINTING TITLE

Associate and Signature Division

“Zion Bighorn Sheep” by Kyle Ma1st Place Gold Medal Award
Funded by Oil Painters of America (Eligibility only once every two years for the same artist)
$25,000 Kyle Ma OPA Zion Bighorn Sheep
$3,850   20" x 24"
“Jesse” by Eric Karl Johnson2nd Place Silver Medal Award
Funded by American Art Collector Magazine - Two-page feature article on award winner
$6,800 Eric Karl Johnson OPA Jesse
$2,000   17.25" x 13.25"
“Roses and Grapevines” by Katie J. Liddiard3rd Place Bronze Medal Award
Funded by Art of the West Magazine - One full-page advertisement
$3,075 Katie J. Liddiard Roses and Grapevines
$4,600   18" x 14"
“Julian Apples” by Derek W. Penix Best Signature Award of Excellence
Artwork Archive Lifetime Master Account
$1,250 Derek W. Penix OPA Julian Apples
$9,500   30" x 30"
“In the Cold Rain” by Terry Widener Best Associate Award of Excellence
Artwork Archive Lifetime Master Account
$1,250 Terry Widener In the Cold Rain
$2,000   14" x 11"
“Worship of the Ganga” by Pavel Sokov Presidents’ Award of Excellence
Cash donation funded by Past Presidents Betty Schmidt and Zhiwei Tu OPAM
$1,000 Pavel Sokov Worship of the Ganga
$30,000   36" x 24"
“Summer Clouds” by Michael Aitken Realism Award of Excellence
Cash donation funded by FASO
$1,000 Michael Aitken Summer Clouds
$5,000   22" x 28"
“Woven and Maize” by Joseph V. Iantorno Realism Honorable Mention
Merchandise certificate funded by Dixon Ticonderoga Company (Maimeri Puro)
$500 Joseph V. Iantorno OPA Woven and Maize
$8,000   24" x 30"
“Winter Afternoon” by Carol Jenkins Ted Goerschner OPAM Memorial Impressionist Award of Excellence
Cash donation funded by friends of Ted Goerschner OPAM
$1,000 Carol Jenkins OPA Winter Afternoon
$1,800   16" x 12"
“Bars & Bikes, Amsterdam” by Patrick Saunders Impressionist Honorable Mention
Merchandise certificate funded by Golden Artist Colors, Inc.
$500 Patrick Saunders OPA Bars & Bikes, Amsterdam
$3,400   18" x 24"
“Ice Bear” by Linda Besse Animal Award of Excellence
Cash donation funded by FASO
$1,000 Linda Besse OPA Ice Bear
$9,000   22" x 36"
“The Garden Swing” by Richard S. Johnson John August Dietrich Memorial Figurative Award of Excellence
Cash donation funded by RayMar Art
$1,000 Richard S. Johnson The Garden Swing
$5,000   30" x 30"
“Independence Day” by Seth Tummins Figurative Honorable Mention
Merchandise certificates funded by Rosemary & Co. Artist Brushes ($250) and ArtFrames ($250)
$500 Seth Tummins Independence Day
$4,800   14" x 24"
“Stationed in Time” by Hiu Lai Chong 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 Hiu Lai Chong OPA Stationed in Time
$6,200   24" x 30"
“Morning Mystique” by Hillary Scott Landscape Honorable Mention
Merchandise certificates funded by Airfloat Systems ($250) and Ampersand Art Supply ($250)
$500 Hillary Scott Morning Mystique
$8,000   30" x 30"
“Seaside” by Kyle Stuckey Portraiture Award of Excellence
Cash donation funded by Ship & Insure ($500) and Merchandise certificate funded by Blick Art Materials ($500)
$1,000 Kyle Stuckey OPA Seaside
$4,000   18" x 23"
“Tomorrows” by Britton R. Snyder Portraiture Honorable Mention
A selection of Rembrandt Oils and/or Cobra Artist Oils donated by Royal Talens North America
$500 Britton R. Snyder Tomorrows
$2,200   26" x 24"
“Afternoon Walk” by Debra Nadelhoffer Seascape Award of Excellence
Cash donation funded by Ship & Insure ($500) and Merchandise certificate funded by Blick Art Materials ($500)
$1,000 Debra Nadelhoffer Afternoon Walk
$3,000   24" x 30"
“Summer Coast” by Patrick Okrasinski Seascape Honorable Mention
Merchandise certificate funded by JFM Enterprises
$500 Patrick Okrasinski Summer Coast
$3,000   15" x 26"
“Peaches and Cream” by Jared Brady Still Life Award of Excellence
Cash donation funded by Bella Muse Productions ($500) and Merchandise certificate funded by Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff ($500)
$1,000 Jared Brady Peaches and Cream
$1,800   16" x 20"
“October Harvest” by Daniel J. Keys Still Life Honorable Mention
Merchandise certificates funded by Blue Ridge Oil Colors ($250) and Liliedahl Video Productions ($250)
$500 Daniel J. Keys October Harvest
$16,500   30" x 40"
“Curiosity and Chaos” by Anna R. Bain Members’ Choice Signature Member Award of Excellence
18 color set of M. Graham Artist Oil Paints ($340) and Merchandise certificate funded by SourceTek ($250)
$590 Anna R. Bain OPA Curiosity and Chaos
$9,800   36" x 24"
“Early Bird Special” by Marc Anderson Members’ Choice Associate Member Award of Excellence
Holbein Artist Oil Color Set of 20 ($260) and Merchandise certificate funded by MasterPak ($250)
$510 Marc Anderson Early Bird Special
$2,800   18" x 24"

Master Signature Division

What is Left Unsaid by Daniel Gerhartz1st Place Gold Medal Award
Funded by OPA and Friends of OPA (Eligibility only once every two years for the same artist)
$7,500 Daniel Gerhartz OPAM What is Left Unsaid
$18,500   34" x 34"
Taos Light by Huihan Liu2nd Place Silver Medal Award
Funded by American Art Collector Magazine - two-page feature article on award winner
$6,800 Huihan Liu OPAM Taos Light
$16,000   24" x 24"
Jeweled Garden by Johanna Harmon3rd Place Bronze Medal Award
Funded by Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine - one full-page advertisement
$3,995 Johanna Harmon OPAM Jeweled Garden
$5,800   22" x 16"
Considerations by John Michael Carter Most Original Award of Excellence
Funded by Southwest Art Magazine - one full-page advertisement
$3,380 John Michael Carter OPAM Considerations
$18,000   36" x 36"
Carpe Diem by Jeff Legg Realism Award of Excellence
Merchandise certificate funded by Michael Harding Handmade Oil Colours
$500 Jeff Legg OPAM Carpe Diem
$150,000   24" x 30"
A View from La Jolla by Calvin Liang Impressionist Award of Excellence
Merchandise certificate funded by Blue Ridge Oil Colors
$500 Calvin Liang OPAM A View from La Jolla
$4,200   18" x 24"
Pacific Madrone by James Tennison Shirl Smithson Founders’ Award for Master Signature Members
Cash donation funded by the Shirl Smithson Family
$500 James Tennison OPAM Pacific Madrone
$7,500   36" x 24"
What is Left Unsaid by Daniel Gerhartz Members’ Choice Award for Master Signature Members
Merchandise certificate funded by Jack Richeson & Company
$500 Daniel Gerhartz OPAM What is Left Unsaid
$18,500   34" x 34"

Dorothy Driehaus Mellin Fellowship for Midwestern Artists

“Early Bird Special” by Marc Anderson The Dorothy Driehaus Mellin Fellowship for Midwestern Artists
$20,000 Marc Anderson Early Bird Special
$2,800   18" x 24"
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.

 

2021 Student Competition Winners

  AWARDS VALUE WINNER PAINTING TITLE

Student Competition

“Male Torso” by Annie Goldman First Place
$1,000 cash prize
$1,000 Annie Goldman
Laguna College of Art and Design
Male Torso
$2,500   30" x 24"
“Self Portrait at 13” by Fina Mooney Second Place
$750 cash prize
$750 Fina Mooney
The Art Academy
Self Portrait at 13
NFS   11.75" x 10.25"
“Noah” by Ethan Martin Third Place
$500 cash prize
$500 Ethan Martin
Beaux’s Arts Academy
Noah
NFS   8.25" x 6.75"
“Hug?” by Emma Lee Kuld Fourth Place
$250 cash prize
$250 Emma Lee Kuld
Sage Oak Charter School
Hug?
NFS   8" x 10"
“General Jonny” by Amuri Morris Fifth Place
$100 cash prize
$100 Amuri Morris
Virginia Commonwealth University
General Jonny
NFS   11" x 8.5"
“Green Still Life” by Leah Moyer Honorable Mention
$50 cash prize
$50 Leah Moyer
The College of William and Mary
Green Still Life
$450   16" x 19.5"
“San Diego Sunset” by Michael Gutierrez Honorable Mention
$50 cash prize
$50 Michael Gutierrez
University of Texas at Austin
San Diego Sunset
NFS   8" x 10"

Spring 2021 Online Showcase Award Winners

Thanks to our Juror of Awards Brian Slawson OPA for lending his time and expertise!

  AWARDS AND DONORS VALUE WINNER PAINTING TITLE

Associate Division

“Humility” by Carmen Drake (Gordon)1st Place First Place
$3,000 cash award, made possible thanks to Dorothy Driehaus Mellin and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.
$3,000 Carmen Drake (Gordon) Humility
10.5" x 8.5"
“Morning Chores, New Mexico” by Phillip Starke2nd Place Second Place
$1,500 cash award, made possible thanks to Dorothy Driehaus Mellin and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.
$1,500 Phillip Starke Morning Chores, New Mexico
10" x 12"
“With Roosevelt in Cuba 1898” by James Loveless Jr.3rd Place Third Place
$500 cash award, made possible thanks to Dorothy Driehaus Mellin and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.
$500 James Loveless Jr. With Roosevelt in Cuba 1898
40" x 30"
“Beaver Pond” by Marc Anderson Honorable Mention
  Marc Anderson Beaver Pond
24" x 34"
“Dream Carrier” by JJ Jiang Honorable Mention
  JJ Jiang Dream Carrier
30" x 32"
“Early Spring Mora Valley NM” by Chris Morel Honorable Mention
  Chris Morel Early Spring Mora Valley NM
9" x 12"
“Dig” by Briton Snyder Honorable Mention
  Briton Snyder Dig
36" x 48"
“Wishing You Were Here” by David Harms Honorable Mention
  David Harms Wishing You Were Here
36" x 48"
“Village Woman” by Ran Wu Honorable Mention
  Ran Wu Village Woman
14" x 11"
“FadeOut” by Terry Widener Honorable Mention
  Terry Widener FadeOut
12" x 9"
“The Scholar” by Russell Recchion Honorable Mention
  Russell Recchion The Scholar
33" x 24"
“Triplets in White” by Diane Turner Honorable Mention
  Diane Turner Triplets in White
40" x 30"
“Strawberries and Cream” by James Vose Honorable Mention
  James Vose Strawberries and Cream
10" x 12"

2021 Juried Salon Show Award Winners

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Associate and Signature Division

“Shadows on MacDonald Creek” by Kathryn Stats1st Place Gold Medal Award
Artist Focus Feature in American Art Collector Magazine ($3,400) and $1,000 cash funded by OPA
$4,400 Kathryn Stats Shadows on MacDonald Creek
$5,500   18" x 24"
“Seashells” by David B. Riedel2nd Place Silver Medal Award
One full-page advertisement funded by Southwest Art Magazine ($3,380) and $750 cash funded by OPA
$4,130 David B. Riedel Seashells
$2,600   14" x 18"
“Ceremonial Outfit” by Cheng Lian3rd Place Bronze Medal Award
Artwork Archive Lifetime Master Account ($1,250) and $500 cash funded by OPA
$1,750 Cheng Lian OPA Ceremonial Outfit
$5,000   12" x 16"
“Next Generation” by Johanne Mangi Realism Award of Excellence
Merchandise Certificate funded by Royal Talens ($500) and $500 cash funded by OPA
$1,000 Johanne Mangi Next Generation
$1,500   10" x 8"
“Sunlit Streets of Rome” by Michele Byrne Impressionist Award of Excellence
Merchandise Certificate funded by Savoir-Faire ($500) and $500 cash funded by Oil Painters of America
$1,000 Michele Byrne Sunlit Streets of Rome
$1,200   12" x 9"
“Pause Apre-Midi” by Lori Putnam Cityscape Award of Excellence
Merchandise Certificate funded by Blue Ridge Oil Colors ($250) and $250 cash funded by Oil Painters of America
$500 Lori Putnam OPA Pause Apre-Midi
$5,400   24" x 18"
“Sound of Silence” by Diane N. Eugster Figurative Award of Excellence
Merchandise Certificate funded by Blue Ridge Oil Colors ($250) and $250 cash funded by Oil Painters of America
$500 Diane N. Eugster Sound of Silence
$3,175   26.5" x 15"
“Glowing Wave” by Patricia Clayton Seascape Award of Excellence
$500 cash award funded by Oil Painters of America
$500 Patricia Clayton Glowing Wave
$1,500   11" x 14"
“Sand in Your Toes” by Bill Farnsworth Landscape Award of Excellence
Merchandise Certificate funded by Liliedahl Video Productions ($250) and $250 cash funded by Oil Painters of America
$500 Bill Farnsworth OPA Sand in Your Toes
$2,800   14" x 18"
“Making Shade” by Suzie G. Baker Portraiture Award of Excellence
Merchandise Certificate funded by Michael Harding Handmade Oil Colours ($250) and $250 cash funded
$500 Suzie G. Baker OPA Making Shade
$3,300   16" x 20"
“When Turkeys Ruled the Earth” by Booth Malone Animal Award of Excellence
Merchandise Certificate funded by Rosemary & Co. Artists Brushes ($250) and $250 cash funded by OPA
$500 Booth Malone OPA When Turkeys Ruled the Earth
$1,500   11" x 14"
“Tangerines” by Kun Wang Still Life Award of Excellence
Merchandise Certificate funded by Michael Harding Handmade Oil Colours ($250) and $250 cash funded
$500 Kun Wang Tangerines
$800   8" x 10"
“Portrait of a Woman II” by Kyle Stuckey Award of Excellence
$200 cash award funded by Oil Painters of America
$200 Kyle Stuckey OPA Portrait of a Woman II
$2,600   14" x 19"
“Night Journey” by Gerard Erley Award of Excellence
$200 cash award funded by Oil Painters of America
$200 Gerard Erley Night Journey
$1,600   14" x 18"
“Lobster Pound” by Neal J. Hughes Award of Excellence
Merchandise Certificate funded by Jack Richeson & Company
$200 Neal J. Hughes OPA Lobster Pound
$1,800   12" x 12"
“Long Miles” by Stan Rogers Award of Excellence
$100 cash funded by Oil Painters of America
$100 Stan Rogers Long Miles
$1,200   12" x 24"
“Sunlit Daffodils” by Jared Brady Award of Excellence
$100 cash funded by Oil Painters of America
$100 Jared Brady Sunlit Daffodils
$1,050   14" x 11"
“The Pinnacles” by Barbara M. Coleman Award of Excellence
Holbein Vernet Superior Oil Color Sets of 5
$100 Barbara M. Coleman OPA The Pinnacles
$1,200   11" x 14"
“Vanitas” by Blair Atherholt Award of Excellence
Holbein Vernet Superior Oil Color Sets of 5
$100 Blair Atherholt Vanitas
$8,750   24.5" x 17.25"

Master Signature Division

Quince and Orioles by Kathy Anderson1st Place Gold Medal Award
One half-page advertisement funded by Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine ($2,150) and $1,000 cash funded by Oil Painters of America
$3,150 Kathy Anderson OPAM Quince and Orioles
$5,200   22" x 18"
Rome by John Michael Carter2nd Place Silver Medal Award
$500 cash funded by Oil Painters of America
$500 John Michael Carter OPAM Rome
$3,300   12" x 24"
Moving Along by Albert Handell3rd Place Bronze Medal Award
$250 cash funded by Oil Painters of America
$250 Albert Handell OPAM Moving Along
$12,500   18" x 24"