2020 Virtual Western Regional Exhibition in St. George, Utah

2020 Virtual Western Regional Exhibition

Oil Painters of America Presents The 2020 Virtual Western Regional Exhibition Of Traditional Oils

This year's 2020 Oil Painters of America's Virtual Western Regional Show is being hosted by Illume Gallery of Fine Art in St. George, Utah, considered one of the most distinguished art galleries in the country. OPA is delighted to once again be working with owner Jane Bell Meyer and her seasoned staff. As many of you know, Jane is an enthusiastic supporter of OPA, having hosted our Western Regional Show in 2017 and the National Show in 2019.

Though this exhibition is virtual, the high quality of artwork remains the same and features the best representational artists throughout the western half of the United States and Canada.

A virtual awards presentation will be held on Friday, August 21 at 6:30 p.m. Central Time. Acclaimed Signature artist David Dibble will serve as the Juror of Awards.

Illume Gallery of Fine Art is the proud host of the 2020 Western Exhibition in St. George, Utah.

Monday - Saturday
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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 $11,500, including a $4,000 Best In Show.

Awarding Juror

The awarding juror will be OPA Signature member David Dibble.


Artists eligible to compete are citizens of the United States, Canada, and Mexico who reside in Alaska, Alberta, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Manitoba, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, North Dakota, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Oklahoma, Oregon, Saskatchewan, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Yukon Territories, and all of Mexico, who are 2020 OPA members.
Members that are citizens, both natural born or otherwise, of the United States, Canada, or Mexico are eligible to participate regardless of where they live. For sake of convenience, citizens who reside elsewhere will compete in the region that corresponds with their last place of residence within North America.
Nonresident aliens who currently live in the above states of the United States or Canada, are eligible 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 2020 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.

Substrate and Framing Guidelines

ACCEPTABLE SUBSTRATES: Any primed, smooth, flat substrates including: primed canvas or linen, stretched or on a panel, wood, gesso board, acrylic gessoed dibond, aluminum, aluminum composite panel. Acrylic primer is acceptable. Oil primed paper is acceptable if adhered with archival adhesive to a proper archival substrate. Paintings should NOT require being placed under glass.

UNACCEPTABLE SUBSTRATES: Any textured surface including decorative copper, tooled aluminum, natural stone, barn wood or three-dimensional objects. A substrate containing any printed image or photograph is prohibited regardless of whether it is your own or someone else's image/photograph. Paintings should NOT require being placed under glass.

ACCEPTABLE FRAMING: All paintings must be framed and wired for hanging. When framing deep-edged paintings (museum/gallery wrap canvas or deep board), the frame must be of adequate depth that the substrate does not extend more than half an inch beyond the back of the frame. Floater frames are acceptable for paintings on museum/gallery wrap canvas or deep board panels.

Questions should be emailed to: mail@oilpaintersofamerica.com, or call 815-356-5987

Entry Information

Online Submissions - Deadline: Friday, June 26, 2020

Electronic applications will be accepted beginning Monday, May 4, 2020. Maximum canvas size may not exceed 1,200 square inches (unframed). 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 www.juriedartservices.com. Click on the Help tab.

To submit your electronic application and images, please go directly to: www.juriedartservices.com and look for OPA's 2020 Virtual Western Regional Exhibition.

Jurying Fees

The jurying fee for electronic entries is as follows: $30.00 for one painting, $45.00 for two paintings and $60.00 for three 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, June 26, 2020.


You must be a paid member through December 31, 2020 at a cost of $70.00. If you are currently not a member or have not paid your 2020 membership dues, OPA will accept your entry provided that 1) an electronic membership fee is paid by Friday, June 26, or 2) a mailed membership application and your annual dues are post-marked no later than Friday, June 19, 2020. More membership information may be found here.

Sales Commission

Sales commission of 40% is required by Illume Gallery of Fine Art 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.

Notification will be posted on the OPA website Friday, July 20.

Liabilities and Responsibilities

Oil Painters of America and the Illume Gallery of Fine Art will not be responsible for loss or damage of any artwork, no matter what the cause.

Good Luck and Good Painting


June 26

Deadline for submissions

July 20

Acceptance notification posted on the OPA website

August 1 - September 12

Show will be available for online viewing. To inquire about purchasing a painting, please call Jane Bell Meyer at 435-313-5008.

August 21

An online awards presentation will take place on Friday, August 21, at 6:30 p.m. Central Time. More information to follow.