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2016 Best of America Exhibition

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experience the exhibit

exhibit judge

Cheng Lian, NOAPS Master Artist

Cheng Lian was born in 1955 in Shanghai, China, and graduated from China Academy of Fine Art (known as Zhejiang Academy of Fine Art).   In 1989 he moved to the United States. He and his family currently reside in Texas.
As an artist, Cheng has traveled to many places in China, Asia, United States, Europe and South America. He also teaches art classes and workshops, and has given demonstrations for many art leagues. His paintings are collected widely throughout the world, both publicly and privately.
Exhibitions include: Wild Horse Gallery, Steamboat Springs, CO; Cutter & Cutter Fine Art, St. Augustine, FL; Dunnegan Gallery of Art, Bolivar, MO; Trailside Galleries, Jackson Hole, WY; Insight Gallery, Frederiksberg, TX; Bosque Art Center, Clifton, TX; Thorwood Galleries, Houston and Dallas, TX; Billy Hork Galleries, Chicago, IL; Lakeside Gallery, Lakeside, MI.
The artist has numerous awards and publications. He is a Master Artist in the National Oil and Acrylic Painters' Society.

award winners

best in show

He Got Game/ Scott Royston- MD

second place

Reverie/ Tina Garrett-MO

third place

Docked in Rockpot/ James Wolford-MA

best painting by noaps signature artist


Moonlit Creek/ Paula Holtzclaw- NC

most original


Eyes Right I Said Right/ Joseph Sundwall- NY

best narrative


Tucked in for the Winter/ Cecy Turner- TX

best oil


Autumn Light/ George Angelini- NY

best light & color


Not Just a Bridge/ Lawrence Rudolech- IN

best composition


Vigil/ Suzie Baker- TX

realism excellence


The Bird Keeper/ Barney Levitt- MA

best acrylic


Ma Bell/ Del-Bourree Bach- CT

best figurative


Distant Thoughts/ Ardith Starostka- NE

best still life 


As Sweet as Honey/ Hebe Brooks- TX

best landscape


St Joe Bay/ Roger Leonard- FL

awards of excellence

merit awards

accepted artist

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