Shirl Smithson Memorial Scholarship Application
Established in 1991, the Oil Painters of America is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the pursuit of representational art. Oil Painters of America (OPA) offers four $500 scholarships appropriately named after its founding member, Shirl Smithson. The Shirl Smithson Memorial Scholarships are open to all current Associate members.
Scholarships are awarded annually and applications for consideration must be received between August 1 and December 1. Three of the four scholarships are designated for active OPA members and one scholarship is awarded to a part or full-time student currently enrolled in art school or an art related program. (Students need not be OPA members to apply)
Based on a review of the application materials, the scholarship committee will select four OPA members to receive a scholarship based on the quality and strength of the art work submitted and the potential for further development. One scholarship is designated specifically for a student member who is currently enrolled as a full-time student. Applicants will be notified by March 1.
Scholarships must be used to attend a workshop or class in representational oil painting. Award winners must receive approval from Oil Painters of America prior to enrolling or attending a workshop or class. All scholarship funding will be sent directly from OPA to the designated workshop and/or class.
All Associate members are encouraged to apply. Recipients of a scholarship are eligible to apply again.