2018 National Exhibition in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

27th Annual National Juried
Exhibition of Traditional Oils

Oil Painters of America’s Twenty-seventh Annual National Exhibition will be held in Steamboat Springs, CO,
from June 1 to September 3, 2018.

Oil Painters of America's Twenty-Seventh National Exhibition and Convention will be hosted by the Steamboat Art Museum (SAM), located in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, from June 1 through September 3, 2018. Convention activities begin May 29 with the ever popular Wet Paint Competition. Cash and merchandise awards for the Wet Paint competition will be a minimum of $10,000. The opening reception will be held at SAM for artists, collectors, the public and the press on Friday, June 1, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The awards presentation will take place nearby at 8:15 p.m. at The Chief Theater. An extensive assortment of informative and educational seminars will be offered to OPA members and guests during the convention.

Located on the Yampa River, Steamboat Springs is known for its wide variety of activities for visitors of all ages. Fish Creek Falls offers a beautiful site for painting the 280' waterfall as well as being an enjoyable hiking area. Take a scenic gondola ride, tour the Yampa River Botanic Park or the Tread of Pioneers Museum. There are helicopter rides over the Yampa Valley as well as kayaking and floating down the river through the middle of town. Other activities include swimming in Old Town Hot Springs, golfing, horseback riding, hot air ballooning and fishing. Steamboat Springs offers something for everyone.

Our Goal

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

Total Awards

The total awards will be approximately $100,000, including a $25,000 Best In Show.

Awarding Juror

The awarding juror will be OPA Master Signature member Craig Tennant.


Artists eligible to compete are citizens - both natural born or otherwise - of the United States, Canada, or Mexico who are 2018 OPA members. Nonresident aliens who currently live in the United States, Canada, or Mexico are eli- gible to participate provided that they have been physically present at the address provided to OPA for eight of the last twelve months and that the residency is considered to be their permanent domicile and that they are 2018 OPA members. Nonresident aliens whose North American residency is in question will be asked to provide proof of residency including, but not limited to, employment history, references, and utility bills in the individual's name. The decision of the Board is final.

General Information

FINAL ACCEPTANCE: Online submissions: Friday, January 26, 2018
  • Canvas size: maximum size not to exceed 1200 square inches (unframed). Example: 30" (height) x 40" (width) = 1200 square inches.
  • Maximum entries two (2). However, only one (1) painting may be accepted.
  • Paintings entered must have been painted in the last 3 years and should not have been accepted into a previous OPA National Exhibition.
  • Submission must be originally conceived, artist's own reference, own drawing, own concept and must have been self-painted.
  • Paintings created in an instructional setting, including, but not limited to workshops and art classes are not considered original artwork. Paintings created from a group photo shoot set-up by another artist are not considered original artwork.
  • No direct copies of stock images, historic photos, or of any reference to which you do not hold total copyright are allowed.
  • NO digital, mechanical, photo, or other transferring to the substrate of any kind is acceptable. The artist must draw and/or paint the image on the substrate him/herself.
  • Painting must be framed and wired for hanging. When framing deep-edged paintings (museum wrap canvas or deep board) the frame must be of adequate depth so that the substrate does not extend more than 1/2" beyond the back of the frame.
  • Flat substrates, including canvas board, Gesso board, Gesso Masonite board, acrylic Gessoed Dibond aluminum, aluminum composite panel and wood are acceptable. Paintings on decorative copper and tooled aluminum, oil paper, natural stone or on three dimensional objects are not acceptable.
  • Oil paints, alkyd resin, water soluble oils and oil sticks/bars are acceptable. Metal leaf (i.e: gold, silver, etc.) is acceptable if it does not comprise more than twenty percent (20%) of the visible surface.
  • 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.
  • All work must be for sale and reflect the artist's current pricing structure. No NFS.
  • 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.

Entry Information

Online Submissions - Deadline: Friday, January 26, 2018

Electronic applications will be accepted beginning Monday, November 13, 2017. Images should be between 1400 and 4000 pixels at the largest dimension.

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 online submissions may also be paid by check mailed to OPA if received by Friday, January 26, 2018.


You must be a paid member through December 31, 2018 at a cost of $70.00. If you are currently not a member or have not paid your 2018 membership dues, OPA will accept your entry provided that 1.) an electronic membership fee is paid by Friday, January 26 or 2.) a mailed membership application and your annual dues are postmarked no later than Friday, January 12, 2018. More membership information may be found here.

Sales Commission

Sales commission of 40% is required by SAM 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 Steamboat Art Museum, 807 Lincoln Avenue, Steamboat Springs, CO between April 9 and April 20, 2018. Hand delivered work must be picked up between September 4 and September 7, 2018.

Out of Town Artists: ship to the Steamboat Art Museum, to be received between April 9 and April 20, 2018.

807 Lincoln Ave.,
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

Handling Fee: Out of Town Artists must pay a $25.00 fee online prior to their painting being hung. This fee covers the expense of uncrating, storage of crates, recrating and contacting your shipper for return. Artist may elect to include a return shipping label with their painting OR may email the label directly to the Steamboat Art Museum. OPA will waive the uncrating fee for artists who use a commercially manufactured artist's/strong box such as a StrongBox™ by Airfloat Systems, or similar brand, like Masterpak or Uline. FedEx Art boxes are NOT included in the list of boxes for which the fee will be waived. Artists who do not use one of these special boxes are required to remit the $25 prior to hanging of the painting. Strong boxes will be returned to the artists at the conclusion of the show at the artist's expense.

Shipments from OUTSIDE the US must be shipped "FREE DOMICILE" or will not be accepted.

Liabilities and Responsibilities

Oil Painters of America and the Steamboat Art Museum will not be responsible for loss or damage of any artwork, no matter what the cause. By submitting artwork to this exhibition, each artist will be deemed to have concurred with this agreement. Artists pay for shipping both ways. We suggest that you provide insurance to cover the full value of the artwork while in transit.

James Bruce, Signature Member and OPA Board Member, will serve as chairman of a Jurying Committee consisting of five Master Signature and/or Signature members of OPA. The results of the jurying will be final. No refunds will be made on unaccepted entries.

Good Luck and Good Painting


Steamboat Art Museum

Gallery Hours
Tuesday - Saturday
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday + Monday
By Appointment

Tuesday, May 29

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Registration Open Location: The Steamboat Grand - Korbel Foyer

Registered attendees can pick up their registration packets and have their canvas stamped. On-site registration is available as well.

8:00 a.m. OPA's "Colorado Rocky Mountain High" Wet Paint Competition Begins!

OPA's "Colorado Rocky Mountain High" Wet Paint Competition begins bright and early Tuesday morning! Come early, if you can, because there is no shortage of material in Steamboat Springs. Registered attendees will vie for $10,000 in cash and merchandise awards split equally between the plein air and studio categories.

Canvas must be officially stamped by an OPA or Steamboat Art Museum representative prior to painting. Maximum canvas size is 320 square inches. All paintings must be framed and wired for hanging to be in the competition & sale.

*Please Note: Only attendees who have paid a full convention registration fee are eligible to participate in the wet paint sale & competition. Eligible convention attendees are guaranteed one painting in the exhibition; however, two or more paintings will be considered based on the number of participating attendees, so please come prepared. Please see the competition rules for the full details. Wet Paint Rules can be found at here

Wednesday, May 30

8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Registration Open Location: The Steamboat Grand - Korbel Foyer

Registered attendees can pick up their registration packets and have their canvas stamped. On-site registration is available as well.

8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. OPA's "Colorado Rocky Mountain High" Wet Paint Sale & Competition Location: Perry"Mansfield Performing Arts Camp

Join us at the Perry"Mansfield Performing Arts School & Camp the oldest continuously operating dance and theater school in America. The camp is located on 76 acres in Strawberry Park, just outside the town of Steamboat Springs. Both plein air and studio artists will have the opportunity to paint. OPA will provide a model for artists wishing to paint indoors or feel free to bring your own props.

4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Welcome to Colorado! Opening Reception Hosted by Southwest Art Magazine Location: The Steamboat Grand " Emerald Tent

Participants are invited to attend the Welcome Reception under the Emerald Tent at The Steamboat Grand Hotel. This event kicks off the convention, giving attendees an excellent opportunity to network, meet old friends and colleagues, as well as meet new people as the program begins.

Thursday, May 31

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Registration Open Location: The Steamboat Grand - Korbel Foyer

Registered attendees can pick up their registration packets and have their canvas stamped. On-site registration is available as well.

8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Southwest Art Magazine's Pampered Paint Out Location: Art Depot

As always, Southwest Art Magazine pulls out all the stops for this very popular event being held at the Steamboat Spring's Art Depot. It's all about the artists during this special event and SW Art Magazine starts the day out right with a well-appointed continental breakfast in the morning and a delicious lunch served at noon. And of course, live music is a must on SW's pampered paint out agenda!

Artists will have the opportunity to paint indoors and plein air artists will find no shortage of material right outside with several parks and the Yampa River just steps away. Don't forget framed paintings for the competition should be turned in at the Art Depot between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 31.

Friday, June 1

8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Registration & Exhibits Open Location: The Steamboat Grand - Korbel Foyer

Attendees can pick up their registration packets and visit the exhibitors. Artists who visit each exhibitor and have their exhibitor cards stamped are eligible to enter the special exhibitor raffle basket drawing!

9:00 a.m. to Noon Painting Demonstration with Skip Whitcomb Location: The Steamboat Grand - Korbel Ballroom

Born and raised in Colorado, Skip Whitcomb spent much of his childhood painting, drawing and sculpting. However, his decision to pursue a career as a painter began in earnest when a college drawing instructor provided the encouragement he needed. After attending the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, Skip returned to Colorado where he connected with the Denver group, a loosely-affiliated but highly energetic group of artists. This fortuitous encounter was instrumental in his ability to establish himself as a successful artist at a young age.

Today his paintings can be found in top exhibitions across the country including the National Academy of Design, in New York City; Gilcrease the Museum of the Americas, in Tulsa; Prix de West, in Oklahoma City; the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, in Cody, Wyoming; the National Museum of Wildlife Art, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming; the Haggin Museum, in Stockton, California; the Salmagundi Club, in New York City; and the Brinton Museum, in Big Horn Wyoming. His work can also be found in several public and private collections including Chase Bank, Colorado Springs; Merrill Lynch, New York; Solomon Smith Barney, WY; State of Wyoming; Senator and Mrs. Alan K. Simpson; Senator John Warner; and the Santa Fe Railroad permanent collection, Chicago, IL.

He has won numerous awards through the years including the Grand Award Pastel Journal International Exhibit, 2000; Artists Choice Award, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, Wyoming 1991 and 2000; Artists Choice Award, Buffalo Bill Historical Center and Museum, Cody, Wyoming 1998 and 2000; Elliot Award for Excellence in Landscape Art, Colorado Mountain Club, Golden, CO 2003; Signature Member Plein Air Painters of America, 2003; Featured Artist, Coors Western Art Exhibition, Denver CO, 2009; Award of Excellence, Western Rendezvous of Art, Helena MT, 2009; Artists Choice, Coors Western Art Exhibition, Denver CO, 2011; and the Donald Teague Memorial Award Best Work on Paper, Prix de West Exhibition, Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center, Oklahoma City OK, 2017.

Noon to 2:00 p.m. Lunch with Exhibitors Location: The Steamboat Grand - Korbel Ballroom & Foyer

Grab a deli-style lunch before visiting this year's exhibitors who will have artists demonstrating their products. This event is going to be inspiring!

2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jill Carver: A Painter's Progress (with References from a Small Island) Location: The Steamboat Grand - Korbel Ballroom

In this power point presentation, Jill will discuss significant moments in her own journey as an artist, both in terms of her process and in terms of the evolution of her thoughts. She will expand upon these using references and illustrations from some of her favorite British painters, whose work is relatively unknown in this country.

Originally from London, England, Jill Carver moved to the United States in 2002. Before becoming a full time professional artist, she was a curatorial research assistant at the National Portrait Gallery in London for twelve years. Jill lives in Rico, Colorado, a small historical mining town nestled in the San Juan Mountains.

In 2014, Jill won the Gold Medal (Artists' Choice) for Best in Show at Maynard Dixon Country and in the same year was inaugurated as Signature Member in "Plein Air Painters of America." She is now a board member of that organization. Previously, she won numerous awards including: "Artists Choice" at the Laguna Beach Invitational in 2009; at Telluride, also in 2009; and, at Plein Air Easton in 2008. She was invited as Guest Artist at the 2016 Northwest Rendezvous show at The Brinton Museum in Sheridan, WY, and participated in the highly regarded Coors show in 2016 and 2017. She is a popular and highly regarded teacher.

Friday, June 1 - continued

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. OPA's 27th Annual National Exhibition Opening Reception Location: Steamboat Art Museum

Please join us for a very special evening as we celebrate the opening of OPA's 27th Annual National Exhibition held at the newly renovated and stunning Steamboat Museum of Art.

8:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Oil Painters of America's Awards & Recognition Ceremony Location: The Chief Theater

OPA's Awards Ceremony celebrates the highest achievement and excellence in representational oil painting. Join us on Friday evening as we honor this year's National award winners and Wet Paint competition winners. Presentations will also be made to recognize artists who have achieved the Signature and Master Signature designation in 2017.

9:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony After Party! Location: Steamboat Springs Art Depot

It's time to relax and kick back a little! Join us at the Art Depot for food, libations and a chance to take in the beautiful artwork created during the Wet Paint Competition.

Saturday, June 2

8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration & Exhibits Open Location: The Steamboat Grand - Korbel Foyer

Attendees can pick up their registration packets and visit the exhibitors. Artists who visit each exhibitor and have their exhibitor cards stamped are eligible to enter the special exhibitor raffle basket drawing!

8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. "Color Theory: Unlocking the Mysteries" by Joe Gyurcsak from Blick/ Utrecht Location: The Steamboat Grand - Korbel Ballroom

Joe Gyurcsak, Resident Artist for Utrecht Art Supplies, has demonstrated & lectured throughout North America. An award-winning artist, Joe has written several articles of instruction and observation for American Artist Magazine. An OPA favorite, Joe can take a complex subject and convey it to his audience in simple to understand terms.

Joe will present an easy to understand presentation on color theory, understanding the keys to better color perception and manipulations through a series of exercises. This short but informative class will address such topics as value, chroma intensity, pure vs hue, tint strength, color manipulators, mass tone / under tone, color temp and paint making and much more.

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. "Up Close and Personal" with Distinguished Artist
Skip Whitcomb
Location: The Steamboat Grand - Korbel Ballroom

OPA is proud to have Skip Whitcomb as its 2018 Distinguished Artist. Join us for an in-depth interview with Mr. Whitcomb as we delve into his successful career as an artist covering his education, artistic influences, and unique painting process. Born in 1946, painter Skip Whitcomb has drawn, painted, and sculpted since his childhood on a ranch near

Sterling, Colorado. However, Whitcomb's decision to pursue a career as a painter began when a college drawing instructor provided the encouragement he needed. That encouragement led to Whitcomb's enrollment at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1971. Whitcomb's artistic career was advanced further when he moved back to Colorado and became acquainted with the Denver group, a loosely-affiliated but highly energetic group of traditional painters, draftsmen, and sculptors' instrumental in helping Whitcomb become established as an artist. He has been painting ever since.

Saturday, June 2 - continued

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. "State of the Art" Roundtable Discussion & Lunch Location: The Steamboat Grand - Korbel Ballroom

This roundtable discussion will provide attendees with an opportunity to share valuable information with one another on different topics related specifically to the art business. Come share your successes and struggles and hear different ways that your peers have dealt with similar issues. A deli-style lunch will be served.

1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Painting Demonstration with Juror of Awards Craig Tennant OPAM Location: The Steamboat Grand - Korbel Ballroom

Craig Tennant OPAM, grew up in New Jersey and began his early art training in 1967 with Grey Advertising in New York. Starting in the mat room, he quickly moved to mechanicals, then was made the Assistant Art Director for the Kool-Aid account.

In 1970, he joined the staff of illustrators at BBD&O working on major accounts including Campbell's Soup and Dodge Chrysler for national television ads. His magazine ad accounts consisted of Tarreyton, GE, Shaffer, and Pepsi (Generation).

For the next twenty years, Craig illustrated on a freelance basis for clients including TV Guide, Mechanics Illustrated, Sports Illustrated, Yearly Reports, Field & Stream, Diet Coke, Mountain Dew, Old Milwaukee, and IBM. He was elected a member of the New York Society of Illustrators in 1980 and received their Silver Medal Award in 1981.

In 1989, Craig moved to Colorado to focus on western oil paintings. He started his own publishing business, Cheyenne Press, in 1994 to promote his work. The same year, he was voted 21st in the nation`s top print artists (by a U.S. Art Magazine survey of over 850 galleries nationwide). In 1996, he was commissioned by the Park Meadows Shopping Resort to paint a Colorado scene for the Nordstrom entrance. Several of his works reside in The Anschutz Collection in Denver and the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis.

His work has appeared on the covers of Western Lifestyles, Wild West, The Equine Image, Rocky Mountain Rider, Colorado Country Life, Muzzleloader and Beef magazines. He has been the subject of additional feature articles in Western Horseman, Art of the West, Western Lifestyles, Southwest Art, American Cowboy, US Art, InformArt and others. Four of his Native American paintings are shown in Crabtree Publishing's Native Nations of North America series of children's books published in 2001.

4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Break

Join us in the Exhibitor Room to see which lucky artist wins the Exhibitor Raffle Basket!

4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. "The Thoughtful Art Critique" with Jill Carver and
Skip Whitcomb
Location: The Steamboat Grand - Korbel Ballroom

Thoughtful and appropriate criticism can be one of the most valuable ways to grow as an artist. This power point session, led by Jill Carver and Skip Whitcomb will look at a variety of paintings created by OPA artists and observe what is working and aspects that might need greater attention.

7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. American Art Collector's Closing Party Location: TBD

After a fantastic and inspiring week, it's time to kick back and relax you deserve it! AAC's Closing Party has become a fan favorite and this year will be no exception! Stay tuned for more details on this event - it will be worth the wait.

Sunday, June 3

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. OPA's Annual Business Meeting Location: The Steamboat Grand, Spring Creek Conference Room

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

9:00 a.m. to Noon Registration & Exhibits Open Location: The Steamboat Grand - Korbel Foyer

Last call to visit your favorite exhibitors. Too much to bring home? We can help you arrange to have it shipped home.

9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Group Demonstrations Location: The Steamboat Grand - Korbel Ballroom

Nancy Boren OPA received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Abilene Christian University and cites the influence of notable traditional painters such as Sargent, Sorolla and Fechin. Boren's painting, "Aloft in the Western Sky," is part of the permanent collection of the Booth Museum of Western Art in Cartersville, GA. She has also exhibited at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, the Gilcrease Museum, The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Center in Oklahoma City, and the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Show at the National Arts Club, NY. Her paintings were used in the feature film "9 Months" and the ABC TV show "The Benefactor." She was one of five finalists in the state of Texas for the design of the Texas Quarter in 2004.

Mostafa Keyhani OPA was encouraged by one of his teachers to pursue his artistic talents. As a result, he became devoted to painting and went on to study art at Tehran and Dusseldorf Universities after already receiving diplomas in biology and anatomy. Upon completion of these studies, he spent seven years traveling through Germany and France, all the while developing his technique and style. He eventually became a Canadian citizen, where he lives today. His paintings convey the lively spirit of European street scenes, scenic landscapes and the beauty of floral still-lifes.

Rob Rey OPA is originally from a suburb north of Chicago. Rob hiked across New England covering 1,100 miles along the Appalachian Trail before studiyng at the Rhode Island School of Design where he graduated with a BFA in Illustration. Rob now resides in Denver, Colorado. His foremost passion is learning of any kind, Rob's interests are frequently peaked by both natural sciences like astronomy and physics as well as social sciences like psychology and sociology. These interests commonly influence his work, as do a multitude of inspiring artists from classical art to golden age illustration and contemporary representational art. Through his love affair with the medium of paint, he strives to make pictures that are not only beautiful but thought provoking as well.

Jason Sacran is an artist/painter living in Arkansas. He has been invited to many exhibitions and awarded many times by such organizations as the Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionists Society among others. Some of Jason's recent awards include Best of Show awards in the: 2016 Maui Plein Air Invitational, 2016 Plein Air Rockies, 2015 Plein Air Easton, 2015 Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, 2015 Easels in Frederick and 2014 Door County Plein Air. Jason has also had featured articles with publications such as Southwest Art Magazine, International Artist, Artist Magazine, and Plein Air Magazine.

David Santillanes OPA began painting shortly after graduating from Colorado State University with a degree in Graphic Design. But he points to his first plein air painting excursion as the true beginnings of his development as a painter where direct observation allowed for a more precise rendering of color, light and atmosphere. And although studying the physical aspects of nature is important, it isn't the only reason Dave paints outdoors. He says, "the sensory experience of being there is equally important."

Dave's passion for painting has led to many recent awards including First Place in the Landscape Category at the 12th annual International ARC Salon, the William Schultz Memorial Award in Oils at the 18th National American Impressionist Society Show and the Landscape Award of Excellence at the 25th National Oil Painters of America Show. He has also won numerous awards for his plein air work and has been featured in both Plein Air and Southwest Art Magazines.


OPA has customized the registration process to meet your convention needs. Registration includes options to attend the entire convention or individual days. Attendees must pay the full registration fee to participate in the wet paint sale and competition.

HOW TO REGISTER FOR THE CONVENTION To register online, visit oilpaintersofamerica.com. Click on the National Exhibition & Convention Registration link found on the OPA home page.

To register by mail, complete this registration form and mail it into OPA,

PO Box 2488,
Crystal Lake, IL.

with a check or credit card information. Please, one registrant per form. Students must provide proof of student status.

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT! Save money and secure your spot by registering right now. Mailed in registration forms must be postmarked by February 28, 2018, in order to receive the Early Bird discount and must arrive in the OPA office no later than Monday, March 5, 2018.

Please Note: Full registration IS required to participate in the wet paint sale & competition. A one-day registration includes all activities and social events listed for that day.

Registration is NOT required to attend the 27th National Exhibition Opening Reception on Friday evening at the Steamboat Art Museum or the Awards & Recognition Ceremony at The Chief Theater. Both events are free and open to the public.


Advanced Registration Deadline by Mail is Monday, May 14, 2018 or ONLINE by Monday, May 21, 2018. To register via mail, complete the registration form and mail it into OPA, PO Box 2488, Crystal Lake, IL. 60039-2488 with a check or credit card information. Please, one registrant per form. Students must provide proof of student status.

Online registration is available here. Click on the National Exhibition & Convention Registration link found on the OPA home page. Onsite Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. Registration hours are listed on the registration schedule below. OPA members must have paid their 2018 membership dues to receive membership rates.

Cancellation/Refunds: An 80% refund of registration fees is allowed if a written request is sent to OPA headquarters 14 days prior to the scheduled start date of the convention. No refunds are made after this date. Requests for refunds must be post- marked no later than Tuesday, May 15, 2018 and must arrive in the OPA office no later than Monday, May 21, 2018. OPA assesses a $25 administrative charge for all returned checks. NO refunds will be issued onsite or for failure to attend.

Confirmation: Online registrants should receive a confirmation email immediately upon registering. Mailed registrations will receive an emailed confirmation within 10-14 days from receipt of your registration. If you require a mailed confirmation, please make the appropriate indication on your registration form. Your confirmation will serve as your receipt.

Students: Students eligible for the reduced rate must provide a photocopy of a valid student ID from an accredited, degree granting college or university.

Special Requests: If you have any special requirements under the ADA, please e-mail your request to Rosemary Murray. Special needs must be received at the OPA office 30 days before opening day of convention to assure reasonable accommodation.

Important! Registration Packet Pick-Up Hours and Location:
Day Time Location
Tuesday, May 29 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 30 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Steamboat Grand - Korbel Foyer
Wednesday, May 30 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Steamboat Grand - Emerald Tent
Thursday, May 31 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Steamboat Grand - Korbel Foyer
Friday, June 1 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Steamboat Grand - Korbel Foyer
Saturday, June 2 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Steamboat Grand - Korbel Foyer
Sunday, June 3 8:00 a.m. to Noon The Steamboat Grand - Korbel Foyer

Wet Paint Rules can be found here.


OPA has reserved a limited number of rooms at The Steamboat Grand. Please make your reservations and identify yourself as an "Oil Painters of America" conference participant early as space is limited. The cut-off date to receive this special rate is: April 27, 2018.

The Steamboat Grand
2300 Mt. Werner Circle,
Steamboat Springs, CO. 80487
Phone: 877-269-2628

    Rates are as follows:
  • Double Queen Guest Room: $115 + tax
  • Deluxe King Guest Room: $115 + tax
  • Studio Guest Room: $115 + tax
  • Parlor (living room with sofa sleeper only): $105 + tax
  • One Bedroom: $150 + tax
  • Deluxe One Bedroom: $165 + tax
  • Two Bedroom: $205 + tax
  • Deluxe Two Bedroom: $245 + tax
  • Three Bedroom: $365 + tax
  • 3 Bdrm Penthouse: $425 + tax · 4 Bdrm Penthouse $525 + tax · 5 Bdrm Penthouse $650 + tax

Please Note: Complimentary parking in the ski time square garage opposite the hotel for registered guests of the hotel and $5 for attendees staying off property. Parking in the underground garage directly under the hotel is $12 per day. Attendees must pay beforehand to gain access.

Travel Information

The closest airport is the Yampa Valley Regional Airport which is 25 miles west of Steamboat Springs. Be sure to book early as flights are limited. Or, you can fly into Denver International Airport and drive to Steamboat Springs which is approximately a 3-hour hour. Give yourself time to stop along the way - it is a beautiful drive!

Ride Sharing: OPA will try to connect any artists interested in sharing a ride from the airport or sharing a hotel room. Please contact Rosemary Murray as soon as possible.

Airport Shuttle Information: GO Alpine operates daily, scheduled shuttles from both the Yampa Valley Regional Airport and Denver International Airport. Reservations are required to guarantee a seat and payment is due at the time of the booking. Online Shared-Ride Reservations Must be Made at Least 12 Hours in Advance. Visit goalpine.com or call: 970-879-2800.

Lodging Information

The Steamboat Grand Hotel operates a limited shuttle service to and from the hotel to downtown Steamboat Springs. This will allow attendees to travel to and from the Steamboat Art Museum, The Chief Theater, and the Bud Werner Memorial Library for free. Attendees will be responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from the Perry Mansfield Performing Arts Center and American Art Collector's Saturday night closing party.

Important addresses you need to know!

27th National Exhibition
Steamboat Art Museum
807 Lincoln Avenue
Steamboat Springs, CO
Phone: 970-870-1755
Educational Events & Exhibitors
The Steamboat Grand
2300 Mount Werner Circle
Steamboat Springs, CO
Reservations: 844-571-1896
Hotel: 877-306-2628
SW Art's Pampered Paint Out
Steamboat Springs Art Depot
1001 13th Street
Steamboat Springs, CO
Phone: 970-879-9008
Performing Arts Camp
40755 County Road 36,
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
Phone: 970-879-7125
American Art Collector Magazine's Closing
Stay Tuned for More Details!
Awards & Recognition Ceremony
The Chief Theater
813 Lincoln Avenue
Steamboat Springs, CO
Phone: 970-871-4791

Questions? Please Call OPA at 815-356-5987 or email at: mail@oilpaintersofamerica.com. Tag us in your convention photos #OPA2018National or @oilpaintamerica