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Celebrating its 3rd “Best of America” Small Works National Juried Exhibition in 2020, 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, April 5, 2020 at McBride Fine Art Gallery, Annapolis, Maryland.

AWARDS: Best of show $3,000, $15,000 cash and sponsor awards
Exhibition dates: April 5th- May 3rd, 2020
Application Dates: Septmber 15th- January 15th, 2020
Notification Date: February 10th, 2020

awards judge

Daniel Gerhartz
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Daniel Gerhartz is a widely recognized and accomplished artist.  Having studied at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, Illinois, he has embraced the impressionistic style reminiscent of master artists such as Sargent, Mucha, Fechin and Sorolla.  Dan’s paintings embrace a range of subjects, most prominently the female figure in either a pastoral setting or an intimate interior.  He is at his best with subjects from everyday life, genre subjects, sacred-idyllic landscapes or figures in quiet repose.  His mastery of the female figure, the clothed figure especially, is brilliant. His expressionistic brushstroke, application and modeling of light and color dramatize his bold and ambitious technique.  In Gerhartz’s pictures the ordinary or commonplace is transformed into a higher reality and consequently a sense of greater importance.  Emotions are a vital part of his expressive design, while his mastery of anatomy, the human form and complex surface combine to make his canvases very powerful visual experiences.  NOAPS is proud and excited to bring Daniel Gerhartz to our Best of America Small Works Exhibition!

"I believe a great piece of art must be fundamentally sound and possess these qualities...

  • •a strong compelling design

  • •a firm conveyance of value control to the established  key to convey a specific quality of light

  • •an accurate relationship of edges that conveys a convincing illusion of form

  • • an accurate use of color as it relates to the natural laws of harmony

When these items are effectively handled, I believe the work of art will transcend the two dimensional quality it inherently possesses and subsequently have the potential to evoke emotion and engage the viewer."

Awards Judge 2020 BOA Small

award winners

best in show


Melancholia/ Nick Eisele

Dimensions: 11x14

second place


Little Blue/ Robert Simone

Dimensions: 8x8

most original


Eagle Point Dusk/ Brian Sindler

Dimensions: 11x14

best painting by a signature or master artist


After Hours at Cafe Sperl Vienna/ Priya Ahlawat

Dimensions: 14x21

best use of values


Impending/ Edward Duff

Dimensions: 6x6

best still life


Duet in Green and White/ Linda Massey

Dimensions: 12x12

best composition


Intentional/ Trent Gudmundsen

Dimensions: 24x12

best narrative


Nicole Unchained/ Lee Alban

Dimensions: 16x12

third place


Not Mellow Yellow/ Patrick Meehan-IN

Dimentions: 10x8

best realism


Stars and Stripes/ Jose Pardo

Dimensions: 12x12

best figurative


Logan/ Adam Clague

Dimensions: 14x11

best landscape


Railroad on the St. Mary River/ Alan Larkin

Dimensions: 20x16

best impressionism


Foghorn/ Rick Delanty

Dimensions: 11x14

best technique & handling


Basil Was Her Soul Mate/ Debra Joyce Dawson

Dimensions: 20x16

best use of light and color


Forged/ Krystal Brown

Dimensions: 16x12

awards of excellence

merit awards

accepted artists

Accepted artists 2020 smal
Award winners small 2020

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' Small Works National Juried Exhibition AWARDS

Awards include: Best of Show $3,000, $15,000 cash and sponsor awards

Signature and Master Artist Guild Qualifying Update

both Best of America National shows starting in 2018 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 'Best of America' Small Works National Juried Exhibition will count for 1/2 point

  • a maximum of 1 1/2 points attainable per year

  • After 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 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 Exhibits. 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.  Please be sure that your contact information in your Juried Art Services account is correct.

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 and finished edge gallery wrap are acceptable

  •  NOAPS strongly recommends Strong Boxes from Airfloat Systems. (they provide a 20% discount to NOAPS members). Similar shipping container can also be accepted. All art received and displayed will not be returned until after the exhibit has closed.

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 - Fedex or UPS (this is created by the shipping agent)

  2. HOW TO create a return shipping label- example - If using UPS -Must open an account, 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 UPS driver picks up the parcel and scans the  shipping label.***Artwork will not be displayed if Return Label is not provided.

  3. $15 check made payable to McBride Fine Art Gallery for unpacking/repacking fees.

  4. Hand deliveries DO NOT require a handling fee.

  5. Artwork label attached to back of painting (this is 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


Applications Dates: September 15, 2019 – January 15, 2020

Notifications: February 10, 2020

Artwork arrival ship dates: March 16-20, 2020

 Shipping Address for artwork:

McBride Gallery

215 Main Street

Annapolis, Maryland  21401


Phone: 410-267-7077

Opening Week Program: Events to be listed at

Opening Reception: April 5, 2020 at McBride Gallery, Annapolis, MD

Exhibit Closing: May 3, 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






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