2015 National Exhibition in Dallas, Texas

25th Annual National Juried
Exhibition of Traditional Oils

Oil Painters of America’s Twenty-fifth Annual National Exhibition was held at the Southwest Gallery, in Dallas, Texas from May 13 - June 15, 2016.

Southwest Gallery

Oil Painters of America was proud to announce the 2016 National Exhibition, our 25th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils. This celebratory exhibition was hosted at Southwest Gallery in Dallas, Texas. More than any other year' this was a monumental event with a strong lineup of don't-miss demonstrations, speakers, festivities and artwork from our incredibly talented members.

Southwest Gallery, having been in business for over four decades, is one of Dallas' oldest and largest art galleries. Their 16,000 square foot gallery, was home to the accepted artwork of the 25th Annual National Exhibition.

The great city of Dallas provided endless entertainment and sights to see. From fantastic restaurants and bars with that "southern flare" to sports arenas and beautiful parks, we trust that you were not at a loss for fun, adventure and relaxation. If that was not enough, Oil Painters of America keept you busy with a prolific selection of inspiring discussions with OPA's best and brightest!


Prospectus mailed with membership info, Oct. 2015

Painting Size: Unlimited
Master Sig. Painting Size:Unlimited
Judge: Kevin Macpherson OPAM.

Friday, January 29th, 2016

Deadline for Entries

February 24—25, 2016

Acceptance Notification Email

April 12—26, 2016

Out of Town Artist's Work to Arrive

April 19—26, 2016

Local Artist's Work to Arrive

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. — OPA's "Best Little Plein Air Competition in Texas" Began!

Location: Southwest Gallery (Get your canvas for the competition
stamped at the gallery)

The competition began! Attendees registered for the full convention began painting Wednesday afternoon. Canvas must have been officially stamped by an OPA or Southwest Gallery representative prior to painting. Maximum canvas size was 320 square inches. All paintings must have been framed and wired for hanging in order to be in the competition & sale. Eligible convention attendees* were guaranteed one painting in the exhibition; however, two or more paintings was considered based on the number of registered attendees.

Juror of Award's for OPA's "Best Little Plein Air Competition in Texas" was John Michael Carter OPAM.

*Please Note: Only artists who had paid a full convention registration fee were eligible to participate in the plein air competition.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. — Southwest Art Magazine's Pampered Paint Out

Location: Winfrey Point at White Rock Lake Park, 950 E. Lawther, Dallas, TX

For the 5th year, OPA was proud to have Southwest Art Magazine sponsor the ever popular "Pampered Paint Out" event for attendees! Registered attendees were treated by SW Art to breakfast and lunch at one of Dallas's most scenic parks, White Rock Lake Park. A former reservoir is the centerpiece of this 1,873-acre natural area with woods, trails & wildlife. For this special event, OPA reserved Winfrey Point, a historic building that sits atop a hill overlooking beautiful White Rock Lake. Attendees enjoyed a full day of painting and a little "time out" for some well-deserved pampering, relaxation, conversation and good food. Competition rules and regulations could be found at www.oilpaintersofamerica.com/pleinair.

4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. — OPA Welcome Reception & Registration Packet Pick-up

Location: The Crowne Plaza Dallas Galleria - Poolside

After a full day of painting, and a little bit of pampering, it was time to unwind poolside at our welcome reception. We joined OPA's Board of Directors and fellow artis ts for a drink and appetizers before heading out to dinner.

May 13, 2016

Opening Reception

Friday, May 13, 2016

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. — Coffee with the Exhibitors

Location: The Crowne Plaza Dallas Galleria

We grabbed a cup of coffee and visited the exhibiting vendors. We were able to view products, ask questions and collect samples.

Qiang Huang OPA
9:00 a.m. - Noon — Still Life Painting Demonstration with Qiang Huang OPA

Location: The Crowne Plaza Dallas Galleria

Signature artist Qiang Huang (pronounced Chong Wong.) was born and raised in Beijing, China and now lives in Austin, Texas. His interest in art developed when he was very young, and influenced strongly by his uncle, Hong-En Huang, a professional painter and art educator. To further develop his artistic skills, Qiang has studied with well-known artists such as David Leffel OPAM, Sherrie McGraw OPAM, Scott Burdick, and Carolyn Anderson. In the summer of 2012, Qiang attended the graduate school of the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where he studied with the well-known figurative artist Zhaoming Wu. He is a guest artist with the Putney Painters and painted together multiple times with the modern masters of representational art Richard Schmid and Nancy Guzik.

Noon to 1:00 p.m.— Lunch Break & Deadline for Plein Air competition paintings

Framed and wired paintings must have been turned in to Southwest Gallery by noon to be eligible for the competition.

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. — "Up Close and Personal" with OPA's Distinguished Artist
Jeff Legg OPAM

Location: The Crowne Plaza Dallas Galleria

OPA was delighted to have Master Signature artist Jeff Legg honored as this year's Distinguished Artist. His work is often referred to as "masterful" and attendees will have the opportunity to hear Jeff talk about his personal journey towards becoming one of today's top artists. This interview delved into Jeff's own experiences as an artist, what inspired him and what he's learned along the way.

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. — "The Art of Collecting" Moderated by John Pototschnik OPA

Location: The Crowne Plaza Dallas Galleria

This session was provided a wealth of information for both artists and collectors alike. To help you move forward with your art sales as an artist, you learned about collectors - what they collect and how they make their selections when purchasing fine art. As a collector, you learned about how other collectors make wise choices as they add to their art investment and how you can too! We joined OPA Signature artist John Pototschnik as he moderated this panel discussion comprised of avid art collectors including Houston veterinarian Tom Vining, Chairman of the Salmagundi Club in New York Tim Newton and OPA Board Member and collector Jim Bruce OPA.

Friday, May 13, 2016

5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. — OPA's 25th Annual National Exhibition Opening Reception

Location: Southwest Gallery

Thank you for joining us for this very special exhibition as OPA celebrated 25 years of excellence in representational oil painting! As always, this year's National Exhibition promised to be of the highest caliber, and we hope all OPA members took part in this once in a life time event.

8:15 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. — Oil Painters of America's Awards & Recognition Ceremony

Location: The Crowne Plaza Dallas Galleria (Free and open to the public)

This year's Awards & Recognition Ceremony took time to reflect on the organization's 25 year history in the arts and recognize the achievements of our members, including the announcement of this year's Gold Medal award winner by Juror of Awards Kevin Macpherson OPAM. Raffle basket winners had been chosen as well. Winner must have been present to win.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. — Breakfast & "Successful Elements of Design in Painting" presentation with Joe Gyurcsak from Dick Blick/Utrecht

Location: The Crowne Plaza Dallas Galleria

Thank you for joining OPA artist Joe Gyurcsak for a sit down breakfast compliments of Dick Blick /Utrecht followed by an in-depth lecture on the important elements of design which can strengthen a painting. Joe has led demonstrations, lectures and workshops across the country including NYC's Salmagundi Club, Oil Painters of America's National Exhibition, the National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society, Plein Air Easton, Forgotten Coast Plein Air, School of Visual Arts, Pratt Institute, Parsons, RISDY, NYU and more than 140 other art programs throughout the country. Today's afternoon painting demonstration had reinforced these concepts. You experienced Joe's uncanny ability to call on artists of the past. Joe has studied many of the masters of 19th century in great depth and has a unique ability to relate those findings to the current lesson at hand.

9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. — Visit the Exhibitors

Location: The Crowne Plaza Dallas Galleria

You take a moment to wander after breakfast and check out all the exhibitors and their latest in art supplies. Artists who visited each exhibitor were eligible to enter the special exhibitor raffle basket drawing

10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. — Painting Demonstration by Juror of Awards
Kevin Macpherson OPAM

Location: The Crowne Plaza Dallas Galleria

Kevin Macpherson OPAM

OPA was honored and thrilled to welcome back Master Signature artist Kevin Macpherson as its Juror of Awards for OPA's 25th National Exhibition. Kevin is recognized as one of America's most accomplished Impressionistic plein air painters and we were delighted that he has agreed to share his painting expertise with us. His discipline and dedication have earned him acclaimed success and numerous awards for his artwork. He is a member of many top organizations and has obtained Master status in the Oil Painters of America, American Impressionists Society, and California Art Club, as well as being a member of the prestigious Salmagundi Club and Founding member and first president of the Plein Air Painters of America. His work has been featured in more than 75 publications, books, television series and videos. In addition to writing three popular books on landscape painting he has established stimulating artistic adventures. These include international venues and opportunities such as Chateau des Arts, En Plein Air Masters, Brush with Life and Artist's Mentor Online and the television series, Passport and Palette.

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. — Lunch Break

1: 30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - "Art in Motion" Painting Demonstrations

Location: The Crowne Plaza Dallas Galleria

OPA was honored to have five of their most talented up and coming artists show their expertise. Attendees were encouraged to visit each artist to see the progression of their painting from start to finish.


5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. — "Best Little Plein Air Competition in Texas"
Awards Reception

Location: Southwest Gallery

This might have been the "best little plein air competition", but the artwork itself spoke volumes about the quality and level of talent being represented! No doubt, Juror of Awards John Michael Carter OPAM had his work cut out for himself as he decides what paintings will receive this year's top honors. Award winners had been announced at approximately 6:00 p.m.

7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. — American Art Collector's "25th Anniversary
Silver Palette Celebration"

Location: Iron Cactus Restaurant, 1520 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75201

Once again, American Art Collector Magazine has hosted the ever popular closing party this year at the Iron Cactus Restaurant overlooking Downtown Dallas.

May 15, 2016

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. — Continental Breakfast

Location: The Crowne Plaza Dallas Galleria

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. — OPA Annual Business Meeting

Location: The Crowne Plaza Dallas Galleria

The Annual Business Meeting was open to all attendees at the Annual Conference. At this meeting, the Board of Directors will review the year's major accomplishments in meeting our goals were, the association's financial condition, and new program initiatives for the coming year.

9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. — Visit the Exhibitors

Location: The Crowne Plaza Dallas Galleria

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. — Painting Demonstration by Distinguished Artist
Jeff Legg OPAM

Location: The Crowne Plaza Dallas Galleria

Jeff Legg

Jeff Legg OPAM's luminous still life oils have garnered national recognition and numerous awards since hebegan painting full-time at the age 30. Born in 1959 in Joplin, Missouri, he was apprentice to a well-known regional artist and college art professor by the age of 12. This relationship laid the foundation for his painting and drawing skills. He later went on to study at Atelier Lack and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. As a Master Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America, Jeff's work can be seen in distinguished galleries across the U.S. and is highly sought-after and collected here and abroad.

His paintings have adorned the cover of Southwest Art and Art of the West magazines including feature articles. Other features include
The Artists Magazine, American Art Collector,
Fine Art Connoisseur and North Light Books

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Lunch Break
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Art Critiques

The Crown Plaza Dallas Galleria One of the best reasons to come to this year's convention was to be critiqued by one of our Signature or Master Signature artists in a relaxed and nonthreatening environment. Find out what 's working and what 's not in your paintings and how to bring your artwork to the next level. Attendees may share recent photos of his/her work with one of our Signature or Master Signature artists.

June 16—19, 2016

Local Artists Must Remove Artwork

Important! Registration Packet Pick-Up Hours and Location:
Day Time Location
Wednesday, May 11 Noon - 5:00 p.m. Southwest Gallery
Thursday, May 12 7:30 a.m. - Noon Southwest Gallery
Thursday, May 12 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m Crowne Plaza Dallas Galleria
Thursday, May 12 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Crowne Plaza Dallas Galleria - poolside
Friday, May 13 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Crowne Plaza Dallas Galleria
Saturday, May 14 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m Crowne Plaza Dallas Galleria
Sunday, May 15 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Crowne Plaza Dallas Galleria
*Plein Air Event Instructions could be found here.


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The closest international airport:

  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
  • Airline Reservation Information:

    Reservations booked online via www.united.com will receive an additional 2% - 5% discount* without a service fee. Enter both your Z-code (ZW3Z) and Agreement code (452119) in the Offer Code Box as follows: ZW3Z452119 – no spaces please. *Additional 2% - 5% discount applies to published fares only and excludes travel to/from Europe, Middle East, Africa and India.

    Rental Car Reservation Information:

    Rental Car Information: OPA has arranged discounted car rental rates when you rent directly from Hertz Rental Car.
    To reserve special meeting rates, please include your CV#022Q7846 when making your reservation.

    Note: At the time of reservation, meeting rates will be automatically compared to other Hertz rates and the best rate will apply.


    Take Note of these important addresses!

    • Southwest Art Gallery
      4500 Sigma Road
      Dallas, Texas 75244
      (972) 960-8935
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    • Crowne Plaza Dallas Galleria - Addison
      14315 Midway Road,
      Addison, Texas 75001
      (972) 980-8877
      Get Directions
    • American Art Collector
      Magazine's "Silver Palette Celebration"
      Iron Cactus
      1520 Main Street
      Dallas, TX 75201
      (214) 749-4766
      Get Directions
    • Winfrey Point at White Rock Lake
      950 E. Lawther
      Dallas, TX 75218
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    Questions? Please Call OPA at 815-356-5987 or email at: mail@oilpaintersofamerica.com

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