2015 Juried Salon Show

OPA 2015 Juried Salon Show in Birmingham, Alabama

OPA's 2015 Salon Show Juried Exhibition was hosted by Beverly McNeil Gallery, located in Alabama's largest city, Birmingham. This event took place from October 8 through November 5, 2015. Nestled at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Birmingham is known for its diversity of museums and interesting attractions, such as the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum (containing the largest collection of motorcycles in the world) the 67 acre Birmingham Botanical Garden and the world's largest cast iron statue, the Vulcan statue on top of Red Mountain depicting the Roman god of fire, iron and blacksmiths (representing the symbol of Birmingham. Beverly McNeil Gallery hosted an opening reception on Thursday, October 8, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with the awards presentation at 7:00 p.m.

Our goal was to assemble the finest display of approximately 275 representational oil paintings. The focus in the jurying process was to select paintings that show the highest quality in craftsmanship, color, and composition, emphasizing a diversity in representational style and subject matter.

The total awards was a minimum of $12,000 in cash and/or merchandise.

The awarding juror was Master Signature Member Calvin Liang.

Eligible states and provinces included:all paid members residing in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Artists had to be either 2015 OPA paid members or have submitted an application for membership for 2015 to be eligible to submit an entry in this exhibition. Artists whose residency was in question had provide OPA with documentation certifying legal residency. See Bylaws Article II K on-line for definition of residency requirements.

General Information

FINAL ACCEPTANCE: Online submissions: Friday, July 31, 2015

  • Representational oil paintings of original concept and design only.
  • Paintings entered must have been painted in the last 3 years and should not have been accepted into a previous
    OPA Regional or National Exhibition.
  • Canvas size: maximum size not to exceed 320 square inches (unframed).
    For example: 16" (height) x 20" (width) = 320 square inches.
  • Painting must be framed and wired for hanging.
  • Gallery wrap is acceptable, providing the painting extends and covers all four sides of the gallery wrap. Color borders
    are not acceptable. Painted frames are not acceptable.
  • Maximum entries two (2). However, only one (1) painting can be accepted.
  • The artist retains copyright to his/her image(s). However, accepted images do become part of OPA archives and
    may be used for future OPA event promotion.
  • Paintings created in an instructional setting, including, but not limited to workshops and art classes are not considered
    original artwork.
  • All work must be for sale and reflect the artist's current pricing structure. No NFS.
  • Artists must be currently living in the United States, Canada or Mexico.
  • An artist who withdraws an entry after acceptance into the exhibition shall not be eligible to enter any OPA exhibition
    for the two succeeding years.


Friday, July 31
Deadline for on-line submissions.

Monday, August 31
Notification posted on the OPA website.

September 24 - October 1
Out of Town Artists:
Artwork to arrive at Beverly McNeil Gallery

September 24 - October 1
Local Artists:
Deliver artwork to Beverly McNeil Gallery during normal gallery hours

October 6 and 7
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m

Thursday, October 8
Opening Reception:
For collectors, press, exhibiting artists and the public. 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

October 8 - November 5
Length of time show will be open for viewing. See below for gallery hours.

November 9 - 14
Local Artists:
Remove paintings during this period or a storage fee will be charged. Thank you for your cooperation.

Event Registration Information

On-line Submissions - Deadline: Friday, July 31, 2015
Electronic applications will be accepted beginning Wednesday, May 27, 2015 through Friday, July 31, 2015. Images should be between 1400 and 4000 pixels at the largest dimension. Specific details on how to prepare your image properly can be found at http://www.juriedartservices.com. Click on the "Help" tab.
To submit your electronic application, go to: http://www.juriedartservices.com and look for OPA's 2015 Salon Show.

Jurying Fees
The jurying fee for electronic entries is as follows: one painting is $30.00 or $45.00 for two paintings. Only one painting can be accepted. Electronic payment may be made by credit card or through Paypal. No e-checks will be accepted. Jurying fees for on-line submissions may also be paid by check mailed to OPA if received by Friday, July 31, 2015.

You must be a paid member through December 31, 2015 at a cost of $70.00. If you are currently not a member or have not paid your 2015 membership dues, OPA will accept your entry provided that 1) an electronic membership fee is paid by Friday, July 31 or 2) a mailed membership application and your annual dues are postmarked no later than Monday, July 20, 2015. More membership information may be found on the OPA website, www.oilpaintersofamerica.com, under the Member Services tab.

Sales Commission
Sales commission of 40% is required by the gallery for all paintings sold. Please take this into consideration when setting your price. All work that is submitted must be for sale. No NFS. Paintings must be priced in accordance with the artist's current pricing structure.

Delivery and Return of Accepted Work
Delivery for Local Artists:
Deliver uncrated paintings to the Beverly McNeil Gallery between September 24 and October 1, 2015. Hand delivered work must be picked up between November 9 and November 14, 2015. A storage fee of $25 per week will be charged for paintings not picked up within this time frame.
Out of Town Artists:
Ship via FedEx and UPS to Beverly McNeil Gallery, 605 28th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35233. Handling Fee: Out of Town artists must include a $25 check payable to Beverly McNeil Gallery to cover the expense of uncrating, storage of crates, re-crating and contacting your shipper for return.

The uncrating fee is waived for artists who send their painting in a strong box. Strong boxes will be returned to the artists at the conclusion of the show.
Paintings should arrive between September 24 and October 1, 2015. In a separate envelope include the appropriate return shipping label with your personal Fed Ex or UPS Account Information. Shipments from OUTSIDE the U .S. must be shipped "FREE DOMICILE" or will not be accepted.

Notification of Results:
Participants should check the OPA website after August 31 for the juror's selections.

Beverly McNeil Gallery Hours
Mon. - Fri: 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Sat. 11:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Sun. Closed


In effort to make your visit as relaxing and enjoyable as possible, OPA has reserved rooms at the following hotels:

Hampton Inn Birmingham

Our Hampton Inn Birmingham Mountain Brook hotel is just steps away from the quaint village shops and cafes of Mountain Brook Village. Discover this European-inspired area, just four miles from downtown Birmingham. Walk to a variety of local restaurants and shops, explore the Jemison Walking Trail or trade the treadmill for Lakeshore Bike/Walking Path. Our Mountain Brook hotel is conveniently located near Birmingham’s major hospitals, Samford University and Birmingham Southern College. Visit Birmingham’s attractions located a few minutes from our hotel. Spend an afternoon at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens or Zoo.

If you’re in town for a wedding, the Magic City Classic, BBVA Compass Bowl or a race at Talladega Superspeedway, you’ll find everything you need for a successful stay. Indulge in Hampton’s free hot breakfast and feel at home in a comfy guest room. Prepare for a meeting at the work desk or convenient lap desk and enjoy free internet access. After a long day, relax by our indoor pool or unwind on a clean and fresh Hampton bed® and watch TV.

Call (205) 870-7822, inform the Reservations Specialist that you would like to reserve a room for the The Oil Painters Room Block or give them your GROUP CODE: OPA

2731 US Highway 280 South
Birmingham, AL 35223
Phone: (205) 870-7822

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Embassy Suites

Embassy Suites Birmingham is an all-suite hotel set in Birmingham, Alabama, just minutes from the Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport and downtown Birmingham. Located in a quiet and upscale area, Embassy Suites Birmingham is close to the inspiring exhibits at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, colleges such as UAB and Samford University, and Vulcan Park. Guests at this Birmingham hotel stay in fully furnished two-room hotel suites featuring separate living and sleeping areas, balconies, and included amenities such as two flat-screen televisions and WiFi (for a fee).

The Embassy Suites Birmingham hotel offers 5,100 sq. ft. of flexible meeting and event space, including a 4,704 sq. ft. ballroom for hosting a large conference or banquet for up to 320 guests. Plunge into the heated indoor swimming pool, or enjoy relaxing in the soothing whirlpool. Keep fit in the fitness center, fully equipped with cardio machines and weights. Indulge in a unique dining experience at Ruth’s Chris Steak House, which serves a range of succulent steaks, lamb and seafood dishes, and enjoy a free cooked-to-order breakfast every morning. Savor the snacks and drinks at the complimentary Evening Reception.

2300 Woodcrest Place
Birmingham, AL 35209
Phone: (205) 879-7400

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The Westin Birmingham

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2221 Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard North
Birmingham, AL 35203
Phone: (205) 307-3600

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