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best of america 2019

Montgomery Lee Fine Art, Park City, UT is hosting our 

Join us for an exciting week of awards,demonstrations and networking!
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As Park City’s premier art gallery, Montgomery-Lee Fine Art features the finest in realistic and impressionistic paintings and sculptures by 20th Century artists ranging from the most established, with national and international reputations, to the newly emerging.  Montgomery-Lee welcomes the National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society artist to showcase their 2019 ‘Best of America’ Exhibit!”

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Celebrating its 29th“Best of America” National Juried Exhibition, the National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS) invites oil and acrylic painters from all across North America and International Artists to apply to our exhibit honoring the Best in oil and acrylic painting. NOAPS has been showcasing the talents of oil and acrylic painters since 1991.

Opening & Awards Reception, September 27th, 2019
at Montgomery Lee Fine Art, Park City, Utah


AWARDS: Best of show $5,000, $25,000 cash and sponsor awards
Exhibition dates: September 27, 2019 to October 27, 2019— Montgomery Lee Fine Art
Application Dates: February 15, 2019 - June 23, 2019
Notification Date: July 12, 2019

awards judge

Jian Wu/ NOAPS Master Artist

Jian Wu graduated from the prestigious Art College of Qing Hua University in China, studying
sculpture and mural art. His designs have been exhibited in many of China’s national art shows. He received his Master of Fine Art degree, majoring in illustration from the Academy of Art University. For over 25 years, Jian has been teaching painting and drawing, first at the Academy of Art University, and later at the Ohlone College in Fremont. Currently, Jian works on his art full-time.
Jian has garnered many awards for his work including Third Place in NOAPS 1st Best of America 2018 Small Painting Exhibition, Exceptional Merit Award in the International Portrait Competition 2015, Best Portrait in NOAPS Best of America 2010 and Best of Show in NOAPS Best of America 2008. Jian is a Master Artist member of the National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society and a signature member of the Oil Painters of America. His works have been collected throughout the United States and worldwide.

Awards Judge 2019 BOA

award winners

best in show

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Seasoned/ Matthew Cutter

Dimensions: 15x20in  Price:$4,200

second place


Selfless Sacrifice/ Scott Royston

Dimensions: 15x12 in  Price: $7,500

most original


Contemplation/ Trent Gudmundson

Dimensions: 18x12in    Price: $2,500

best painting by a signature or master artist


Data/ Cheng Lian

Dimensions: 14x21in     Price: $4,000

best use of values


Eyes Closed/ McGarren Flack

Dimensions: 30x20in     Price: $4,200

best still life


Playing with Black and White/ Karen Budan

Dimensions: 20x16in     Price: $2,250

best composition


A Girl with Wild Chrysanthemum/ Kun Wang

Dimensions: 24x18in     Price: $4,000

best narrative

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Billboard Man/ Del-Bourree Bach

Dimensions: 13x23in     Price: $6,500

third place


Pink/ Hui Lu

Dimensions: 20x16in   Price: $4,000

best realism


Sheriffs Office/ John Moffitt

Dimensions: 30x20in     Price: $12,500

best figurative


The Potter/ Larry DeGraff

Dimensions: 18x14in     Price $3,500

best landscape


Thin Space/ Joel Edwards

Dimensions: 16x16in    Price $1,300

best impressionism


Grigory/ Susan Hong-Sammons

Dimensions: 18x14in    Price $3,000

best technique & handling


Red Pipe Wrench/ Ron Greig

Dimensions: 16x16in    Price $1,800

best use of light and color

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Alberta Morning/ Judy Maurer

Dimensions: 18x24in    Price $2,000

awards of excellence

merit awards

2019 BOA Accepted artists
Award Winners BOA 2019

selection process
Each entry is reviewed and scored by an independent jury panel. The Jurying panel will consist of a minimum of 5 NOAPS Master Artists or Signature Members. The panel selects paintings for the exhibit based on the quality and individual mastery of the medium. IMPORTANT: Jurors in the panel make selections based on the image entered (make sure the image depicts a true representation of the painting). Jurors score the image only and do not see any information about the artist.

noaps “BEST OF AMERICA” awards
Awards include: Best of show $5000, $25,000 cash and sponsor awards
Signature and Master Artist Guild Qualifying Update
both Best of America National shows count for Signature Status

• 3 points total over 5 years are needed to qualify for Signature Status
• the "Best of America National Juried Exhibition" will count for 1 point per year
• the "Small Works Best of America National Juried Exhibition" will count for 1/2 point
• a maximum of 1 1/2 points attainable per year
• once Signature Status achieved, the awarded artist may use the initials NOAPS on original works of art and in their correspondence.

Master Artist Membership: Master Qualification begins AFTER Signature status is attained. Master Artist Membership is awarded to active members, whose dues are current.
Both “Best of America National Juried Exhibitions” starting in 2018 count for Master Status

• when a Signature Artist receives three (3) TOP Master Qualifier Awards in a five (5) year period in the “Best of America National Juried Exhibitions” they are now qualified to make a submission to the Masters jury committee headed up by NOAPS Master Artist, Cheng Lian
• Email – title the email “Masters Submission”
• Please submit: 10 original artwork images, Biography and any published articles or related achievements
• These TOP Qualifier Awards will be clearly identified as Masters Qualifier Awards before the start of the Best of America Exhibit. They include Best of show, 1st, 2nd, and all “Best of” category awards.
• With 2 Nationals per year, there will be 10 opportunities in a 5 year period to qualify for Master.
• Upon approval of the Masters jury submission committee and Masters designation is received, the awarded artist may use the initials NOAPSM on original works of art and in their correspondence. This honor is awarded for life, unless forfeited by nonpayment of annual dues or resignation.

selection notification
Artists selected for the Exhibition will be notified by email from Juried Art Services. An up to date email address is essential for notification.

art accepted for the exhibit
Upon receipt of the accepted paintings at the exhibit location, NOAPS and the Gallery retain the right to refuse to display and/or allow award judging due to: technical inaccuracy, misrepresentation, inadequate framing, or damage from improper packaging.
• FRAMING: Gallery quality wood frames only
• NOAPS strongly recommends Strong Boxes from Airfloat Systems or Masterpak. (Airfloat is a NOAPS Sponsor and they provide a 20% discount to NOAPS members). Similar shipping containers can also be accepted. All art received and displayed will not be returned until after the exhibit has closed. The gallery has 30 days after the close of the show to return unsold artwork.


IMPORTANT: Once accepted, failure to send the accepted artwork to the exhibit will result on a two (2) year disqualification period for the artist.
• If the artwork is sold after acceptance but before shipping it to the exhibit, commission should be paid to the art gallery.
• Selected paintings will be showcased on, in the NOAPS Blog, and in NOAPS Social Media.
• By entering, entrants are consenting to having a reproduction of their work used for promotion of the NOAPS Exhibits. You are confirming the work entered is your own and copyrighted images incorporated in your work have not been used.

All entries must be for sale. Paintings of all price ranges are accepted. Entrants price their work and should closely represent the established market value of the artist’s work. The price entered on the Juried Artist Services application form will be the price for the duration of the exhibit.

Every reasonable care will be exercised with all artwork. NOAPS, The Gallery, and any other organization or individual connected with the exhibition will not be responsible for loss or damage of artwork while in transit. By entering this exhibit, the applicant agrees to the terms and conditions of the prospectus.

The artist will receive 55% of the selling price, with the remainder split at 45% to the hosting gallery.

Once your art is accepted into the Exhibition, please follow the shipping instructions carefully. Full shipping instructions will be provided with acceptance letters. All shipping charges to and from the Gallery are the responsibility of the artist. We recommend insuring your work before shipping.
Include in the shipping container:
1. Return shipping label - choose Fedex or UPS
2. HOW TO Create a return shipping label - example - If using UPS - Must open an account with them, then use their online program to "Create a return" - Enter all the information and print the label but do not schedule a pickup. Enclose return label in envelope for the gallery. There are no charges until the shipping company driver picks up the parcel and scans the shipping label.***Artwork will not be displayed if Return Label is not provided.
3. $25 check made payable to Montgomery Lee Fine Art for unpacking/repacking fees.
4. Hand deliveries must also include a $25 handling fee.
5. Artwork label attached to back of painting
6. IMPORTANT: Shipping from OUTSIDE the USA must be shipped FREE DOMICILE or they will not be accepted. International artists please check all shipping restrictions and custom regulations before entering this exhibit. All Duties and Taxes must be paid by the artist



Applications Dates: February 15, 2019 - June 23, 2018
Notification Date: July 12, 2019
Workshop & Opening Week Program: September 24, 25 & 26th, 2019: Painting the Portrait with Jian Wu, Judge of Awards.
Exhibit Grand Opening & Award Reception: September 27th, 2019
Exhibit Closing: October 27, 2019


Your participation and support of the NATIONAL OIL & ACRYLIC PAINTERS’ SOCIETY is greatly appreciated.  GOOD LUCK!!


Please email to

The National Oil & Acrylic Painter’s Society






Special Advertising rates in major art publications will be available for accepted artists
Publication names, dates and rates will be sent with notification to accepted artists

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