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best of america 2020

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about the event

Celebrating its 30th“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, November 6, 2020 at Cutter & Cutter Fine Art, St. Augustine, Florida

AWARDS: Best of show $5,000, $30,000 cash and sponsor awards


Exhibition dates: November 2-29th, 2020 at Cutter & Cutter Fine Art

Application Dates: April 2-August 26, 2020


Notification Date: September 14, 2020

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Mark Boedges

While I paint many different kinds of subjects, the landscape is my first and greatest love. Like many artists, I strive to achieve a painterly realism in my work.  I do this for a few reasons.  As students we are taught to focus on what is essential in our subject; but this can be a subjective judgment.  For me, what is essential about nature is its complexity.  Everywhere I look I see the grittiness, cragginess and layered, fine-grained texture of the natural world.  It is this essential complexity I try to capture in paint.  Experience has taught me that the best way to do this is to let the paint do what it does best: look like paint. Drips, splatters, wipes, palette knife, various brushes, and plenty of other abstract paint applications are crucial. Exactly how painterly to make it is a question for each painting, and is dictated by the subject at hand and what about it I most wish to capture. And since I start most of my paintings outdoors, it’s worth noting that weather, that simple and unalterable force of nature, shapes a great part of what I do and how I do it.  Time is limited and a complete and literal rendering of every element is neither possible nor desirable. So while the idea is to simplify, I am careful not to make it simple, for nature is never simple.

Among the top honors Mark has received are the Grand Prize for Landscape and a spot on the cover of International Artist magazine, as well as more recently the Joseph Hartley Memorial award at the prestigious Salmagundi Club in New York City, Best in Show at the American Impressionist Society's National Exhibition and Best in Show at the Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art.

Award Judge 2020

award winners

best in show


Her Dark Scarf/ Jian Wu

second place


Captain's Chair/ Neal Hughes

third place


Days of Glory Gone By/ Katherine Galbraith

best figurative


Sadhu at the Manikarinika Burning Ghat/ Pavel Sokov

Dimensions: 14x11

best realism


Tea Visitor/ Scott Royston

most original

best painting by a signature or master artist


4 Southern Belles/ Donna Nyzio


Avian Grace/ Barron Postmus

best use of values


Demure/ William Schneider

best still life


Transitions/ David Riedel

best composition


1961 Honda 50/ Shannon Fannin

best narrative


What Next, Self Portrait/ Adrina Carey

best landscape


Winter Shadows/ Matthew Cutter

best impressionism


Interior with Cat/ Olga Bolgar

best technique & handling


On The Ways/ Fred Doloresco

best use of light and color


February Thaw/ Jason Sacran

awards of excellence

merit awards

accepted artists

virtual plein air competition winners

first place

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Fresh Air/ Krystal Brown

second place

NOAPS PA Julien Southern Marsh 8x16 Oil.

Southern Marsh/ Chantal Julien

third place

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Morning Shimmer/ Irene Sheri

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fourth place

Once Upon a Time/ Jian Wu

BOA 2020 Accepted artists
Award Winners
plein air winners

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, $30,000 cash and sponsor awards

Signature and Master Artist Guild Qualifying Update
both Best of America National shows count for Signature Status

  • 6 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 point

  • a maximum of 2 points attainable per year

  • Note: For members who have accrued ½ points in past Small Painting Exhibitions: you will be granted points under the previous system through 2021. In 2022 all point accrual will be under the new point accrual tabulation.

  • Once Signature Status is 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 the exhibit in which 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 Cutter & Cutter Fine Art for unpacking/repacking fees.

  4. Hand deliveries must also include a $25 handling fee.

  5. NOAPS Artwork label attached to back of painting  (included in the acceptance letter from Juried Art Services).

  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

  7. Ship to address:

Cutter and Cutter Fine Art

2219 Dobbs Road, St. Augustine, Florida  32086

Applications Dates: April 2 – August 22, 2020
Notification Date: September 4th, 2020
Workshop & Opening Week Program: November 3, 4 & 5, Landscape Painting Workshop with Mark Boedges; Demonstrations and events: November 6, 7, 2020
Exhibit Grand Opening & Award Reception: November 6, 2020
Exhibit Closing: November 29, 2020


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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