2017 National Exhibition in Cincinnati, Ohio

26th Annual National Juried
Exhibition of Traditional Oils

Oil Painters of America’s Twenty-sixth Annual National Exhibition was held at Eisele Gallery of Fine Art in Cincinnati, Ohio from May 12 through June 24, 2017.

Oil Painters of America was pleased to announce the 2017 National Exhibition and Convention was hosted by Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, located in Cincinnati, Ohio, May 12 through June 24, 2017. An opening reception was held at the gallery for artists, collectors, the public and the press on Friday, May 12, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with the awards presentation taking place during that time. A wide array of informative and educational seminars was offered to OPA members and guests during the convention.


Wednesday, May 10

12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. - OPA's "Beautiful Ohio" Wet Paint
Sale & Competition

Location: Westin Cincinnati Lobby, 21 E. 5th Street, Cincinnati, OH

Get Excited to Paint the Town! 2017 was the year to say YES to participating in this year's indoor/outdoor wet paint sale and competition! Artists had the opportunity to paint both indoors and/or outdoors that began on Wednesday afternoon and all day Thursday! Only attendees registered for the full convention were eligible to compete in the competition.

Canvas must have been officially stamped by an OPA or an Eisele Gallery representative prior to painting. Maximum canvas size was 320 square inches. All paintings must be 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 participating attendees, so please come prepared. Models and props was available for artists who wish to paint indoors. Framed Paintings for the competition were required to be turned in by Noon Friday at the Westin Cincinnati.

*Please Note: Only attendees who had paid a full convention registration fee are eligible to participate in the competition. Please see the competition rules for the full details. Juror of Awards was Signature Member Roger Dale Brown.

Thursday, May 11

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

Location: Cincinnati Art Club, 1021 Parkside Place, Cincinnati, OH

Inspiration Abounds!OPA was thrilled to announce that the historic Cincinnati Art Club (CAC) will serve as the headquarters for this year's SW Art Pampered Paint Out. SW Art has sponsored this event for the past 6 years, and they are still going strong! We had the privilege to meet the SW staff and take part in a fun day that included a continental breakfast, lunch, massage and music…it definitely was a full day of painting and pampering! Founded in 1890, CAC continues to play a prominent role in the arts, attracting the most talented artists from Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana to its doors. Framed paintings for the competition should have been turned in at the Westin Cincinnati on Friday morning between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and Noon.

4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. - SW Art Magazine Welcomed OPA to Cincinnati Reception

Location: Westin Cincinnati, 21 E. 5th Street, Cincinnati, OH
Good food, good people, good conversation!

SW Art Magazine was thrilled to welcome OPA to Cincinnati! As part of F&W Media, SW Art is one of several art-related magazines that F&W publishes in Cincinnati! We visit with the editors of F&W, had a drink and unwound with fellow artists before heading out to dinner.

Friday, May 12

8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. - Coffee with the Exhibitors

Location: Westin Cincinnati, 21 E. 5th Street, Cincinnati, OH

Take Five! We grabbed a cup of coffee and visited our exhibitors who were excited to meet you! Artists who visited each exhibitor and had their exhibitor cards stamped were eligible to enter the special exhibitor raffle basket drawing!

8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. - Painting Demonstration with Juror of Awards William Whitaker OPAM

Location: Westin Cincinnati, 21 E. 5th Street, Cincinnati, OH

William Whitaker OPAM

William Whitaker is a painter at the forefront of today's representational revival. The Chicago-born master of classical realism has produced a body of work widely recognized for its unmistakable technique and focus of style.

The only son of an artist father, William Whitaker grew up in the special world of the working artist. His fondest early memories are of the sights sounds and smells of the art studio. At age 17, he was fortunate to receive a thorough grounding in academic figure drawing and painting from the portrait painter Alvin Gittins at the University of Utah. This firm grounding in academic painting eventually led Whitaker to join the faculty of Brigham Young University, where for twelve years he has impressed upon his students the importance of establishing a solid technique before attempting a personal painting style.

Whitaker believes the value of painting was to be found in its spiritual power. Having been told all his life that the kind of painting he enjoys was dead, he takes quiet comfort in lovingly attempting to capture something the camera cannot see. He was also delighted that there are so many wonderfully talented young artists who are not bound or inhibited by contemporary art world conventions and who are out to paint beautifully crafted pictures without apology

11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Lunch Break
Location: On Your Own!

12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. - Painting Demonstration with
Johanna Harmon OPA Location: Westin Cincinnati, 21 E. 5th Street, Cincinnati, OH

Johanna Harmon OPA

Johanna Harmon is one of only two artists to have been awarded the prestigious Gold Medal at OPA's National Exhibition twice! Johanna Harmon was born in 1968 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but spent most of her childhood in Tempe, Arizona. Johanna began recording visual observations at the age of seven, but it wasn't until almost two decades later that she was introduced to the traditional language of art at the Scottsdale Artists' School in Arizona, the Fechin Art Institute in Taos, New Mexico, and the Art Students League of Denver in Colorado. There, she studied painting alongside prominent figure artists with varied artistic philosophies and approaches such as Carolyn Anderson, John Asaro, Mark Daily, Daniel Gerhartz OPAM, Quang Ho OPAM and C.W. Mundy OPAM. Following her 2014 OPA award, she expanded her understanding further by studying contemporary realism with Daniel Sprick, and abstract realism with David A. Leffel OPAM and Sherrie McGraw OPAM.

Over the past decade, her work has been presented in numerous solo, group and juried exhibitions. Her work has been published in American Art Collector, International Artist, Fine Art Connoisseur, Southwest Art, Artbook of the New West, and Focus Santa Fe and was collected internationally. Johanna now resides in beautiful Colorado, with her husband of 20 years, Steven.

3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Visit the Exhibitors!
Location: Westin Cincinnati, 21 E. 5th Street, Cincinnati, OH

Take a moment to stop by the Exhibitor room to see your favorite products. Visit each exhibitor to have your card stamped for a chance to win the Exhibitor raffle basket.

3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. - "Sophisticated Fundamentals" by David Mueller
Location: Westin Cincinnati 21 E. 5th Street, Cincinnati, OH

David Mueller

David Mueller, originally from the suburbs of Chicago, IL, currently resides in Northern Kentucky, across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, OH He was a 1987 graduate of The American Academy of Art, in Chicago, whose fine art program had a strong focus on traditional realism.

Since 1989, David has been creating renderings for many private and corporate collectors, including gubernatorial portraits that hang in the Ohio State capital. David's work has appeared on the cover of The Artist's Magazine and in the feature articles therein on his painting technique. His work has been the subject of many regional publications, including print, television, and radio. Also, of note in 2009, David rendered a Christmas ornament that was displayed on the main indoor White House Christmas tree.

David is active in The Cincinnati Art Club, and has demonstrated his techniques as a guest speaker there and many other regional organizations. He has taught oil painting/drawing to numerous students both privately and in regional workshops. He has been sharing his knowledge of "Sophisticated Fundamentals" paying forward concepts that he gleaned from numerous educational, peer group and historic inspirations.

6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. - OPA's 26th Annual National Exhibition
Opening Reception
Location: Eisele Gallery, 5729 Dragon Way, Cincinnati, OH

Come join us as at this year's opening reception as we celebrate the marvelous work being produced by this year's exhibiting artists.

8:45 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. - Oil Painters of America's Awards & Recognition Ceremony

Location: Mariemont High School, 1 Warrior Way, Cincinnati, OH

Thank you for joining us as we recognized this year's award recipients and announced the coveted Gold Medal award winner. Also those artists who had achieved Signature or Master Signature status were honored for this extraordinary accomplishment.

Saturday, May 13

8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. - "The First Signs of Impressionism" breakfast presentation by Joe Gyurcsak from Blick/Utrecht

Location: Westin Cincinnati, 21 E. 5th Street, Cincinnati, OH

Thank you for joining us at this Blick sponsored breakfast where Joe Gyurcsak, Blick/Utrecht Resident Artist, provided an in-depth lecture tracing back the history of impressionism. He revealed the artists, subjects and methods that brought impressionism to the world.

Joe Gyurcsak

Joe has traveled extensively demonstrating painting practices and lecturing on a broad range of fine art subjects. He has conducted his extensive art education programs for over 18 years at more than 160 art institutions, schools and organizations throughout North America.

Mr. Gyurcsak is a nationally recognized artist with award winning paintings in multiple mediums and his work was exhibited and collected nationally.

9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. - Visit the Exhibitors
Location: Westin Cincinnati, 21 E. 5th Street, Cincinnati, OH

Join us in the Exhibitor room after breakfast and check out all the exhibitors and their latest in art supplies. Artists who visit each exhibitor are eligible to enter the special exhibitor raffle basket drawing.

10:00 a.m. to Noon - Group Demo
Location: Westin Cincinnati, 21 E 5th Street, Cincinnati, OH

We hope you didn't miss this great opportunity to view some of today's top artists as they work side by side. Their methods and philosophies might be vastly different - but their end results are always the same - spectacular! This year we are fortunate to have with us: Jane Hunt, John P. Lasater IV, David Mueller & MaryBeth Karaus OPA.

Noon to 1:00 p.m. - Lunch Break
Location: On Your Own!

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - "Up Close and Personal" with OPA's Distinguished Artist Ned Mueller OPAM
Location: Westin Cincinnati, 21 E. 5th Street, Cincinnati, OH

Ned Mueller OPAM

Ned is a very accomplished and highly respected artist, having been drawing and painting for over 65 years. He was a graduate of the prestigious Art Center School of Design in Los Angeles. When he was still a student, he also taught drawing classes. He has participated in many of the major invitational shows in the country, including the "Artists of America Show", "Great American Artist's Show", "Prix de West Show " , "Oil Painters of America", "Laguna Plein Air Show", "Pastel Society of America", "The Autry Western Masters Show", "The Northwest Rendezvous Show" and the annual "Plein Air Painters of America Exhibition".

He shows in some of the finest galleries in the country, has won numerous awards and was included in many private fine art collections. He was a Signature member of the Oil Painters of America, Plein Air Painters of America. California Art Club, Northwest Pastel Society, Puget Sound Group of Northwest Artists, Northwest Rendezvous Group, and the American Society of Marine Artists. Ned was the only Artist in the Northwest that has been designated as "Master Artist" status with both the Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society. He continues to challenge himself to grow artistically. Ned was asked to jury regional and national art shows and he loves to teach and share his many years of knowledge and experience by teaching classes and workshops, regionally, nationally and internationally.

4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Visit the Exhibitors!
Location: Westin Cincinnati, 21 E. 5th Street, Cincinnati, OH

Don't miss your chance to visit with some of the top art supply companies in the business. Have your card stamped for a chance to win a special exhibitor raffle basket.

4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. - "Career Advice for Artists: Panel Discussion with Seasoned Pros"
Location: Westin Cincinnati, 21 E. 5th Street, Cincinnati, OH

With over 100 years of combined experience, professional artists Jane Hunt,John P. Lasater IV, John Michael Carter OPAM, Ned Mueller OPAM and Johanna Harmon OPA will share their collective wisdom on how to have a successful career in the arts in today's ever changing art world. They will cover a myriad of topics from their humble beginnings to established careers and everything in between, all neatly wrapped up with an audience Q&A.

7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. - "Beautiful Ohio" Wet Paint Awards
Location: Cincinnati Art Club, 1021 Parkside Place, Cincinnati, OH

View the "Beautiful Ohio" paintings that were created by many talented artists during the wet paint competition on Wednesday & Thursday. Juror of Awards Roger Dale Brown OPA will present 10 awards at approximately 7:00 p.m.

7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. - American Art Collector's Closing Party at the American Sign Museum

Location: 1330 Monmouth Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45225

Celebrate with us at American Art Collector’s After Dinner Party at this very fun, nostalgic venue! Take a walk down Memory Lane as you take in some iconic signs of yesteryear including the popular neon signs from the 1930's and 40's. Be prepared for a fun filled evening with lively music, great food and libations while you mingle with other artists and OPA board members.

Sunday, May 14

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. - OPA's Annual Business Meeting
Location: Westin Cincinnati, 21 E. 5th Street, Cincinnati, OH

This meeting was the perfect opportunity for members to hear from their Board of Directors and to find out what's new in the organization and what the future holds. This was the time to ask your questions and voice your opinions!

9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. - Visit the Exhibitors
Location: Westin Cincinnati, 21 E. 5th Street, Cincinnati, OH

Don't miss your last chance to visit our exhibitors and have your card stamped. The winner of the special exhibitor raffle basket was chosen at 9:15 a.m. Winner must be present to win.

9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. - John Stobart Presentation
Location: Westin Cincinnati, 21 E. 5th Street, Cincinnati, OH

John Stobart

The name John Stobart was preeminent in the world of maritime art. Born in 1929 in Leicester, England, he showed an early aptitude for creativity. His Father recognized his son's talent for art and enrolled him in Derby College of Art in 1946. In this new environment, he achieved high honors and a county scholarship to London's prestigious Royal Academy. As a student, he began to exhibit small landscapes painted in the countryside outside London and along the River Thames.

After graduation Stobart sailed to South Africa. During his voyage, he sketched the twelve exotic ports at which the passenger-cargo ship was anchored. Here the idea came to him to borrow the plans for the vessels being built. Using the plans and the sketches from his voyage as backgrounds, he painted the new vessels and sold the originals to the shipping companies. Within two years his paintings of ships in foreign ports hung on the walls of some fifteen shipping company board rooms in London.

In 1957, Stobart immigrated to Canada where he developed the interests of shipping companies along the St. Lawrence River. In 1965 he came to New York with four paintings of sailing ships he hoped would be well received at a few chosen galleries. He was offered a one-man show by the Wunderlich family, founders of the Kennedy Galleries, who also encouraged him to pursue his notion to recreate the American harbor scenes in the days of the great clipper era. Over the next fifteen years the Wunderlich's hosted another seven one-man shows, all virtual sell outs. In the years to follow, the name Stobart would become synonymous with the rediscovery of the nation's lost ports.

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m - Art Critiques
Location: Westin Cincinnati, 21 E. 5th Street, Cincinnati, OH

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 non-threatening 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. Bring photos or your laptop! We will have limited internet access. Sign up for a critique session when you pick up your registration form.

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Lunch Break
Location: On Your Own!

1:00 p.m. Visit to the Cincinnati Museum of Art
Location: 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202. (Parking was free)

Join OPA Board members for a self-guided tour of The Cincinnati Art Museum. The museum was one of the premiere venues for the study and enjoyment of American painting, sculpture, drawings and portrait miniatures, reflecting the city's eminence as an art center in the nineteenth and early twentieth - centuries. The museum was the institution of record for the masters associated with Cincinnati, including Hiram Powers, Robert S. Duncanson, Frank Duveneck, Henry Mosler, Elizabeth Nourse, John H. Twachtman, Henry Farny, Edward Henry Potthast and Robert Frederick Blum.

The inception of the American Art collection dates from the Cincinnati Art Museum's founding in 1881. In 1893, the museum instituted its Annual Exhibition of American Art, from which several works were purchased each year. First-rate examples of American Impressionism by Childe Hassam, William Merritt Chase, John Singer Sargent and others thereby entered the collection. With the addition of paintings by such important figures as John Trumbull, Thomas Cole, Winslow Homer, George Inness, Thomas Eakins, Mary Cassatt, Grant Wood and Jacob Lawrence, the museum presents a strong survey of American creativity in painting.