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about the event

Celebrating its 7th Best of America Small Works International Juried Exhibition in 2024, 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: Friday, July 5th, 2024


Best of show: $3,000, over $35,000 cash and sponsor awards

Exhibition dates: July 5-31st, 2024

Application Dates: February 14 - May 7, 2024 Midnight PST

Notification Date: May 27th, 2024

artist eligibility 

All NOAPS members: 18 years of age or older residing in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Other International NOAPS Member artists may apply but please take into consideration shipping and custom fees since this is a gallery show.


  • The Best of America SMALL WORKS National Juried Exhibition is a juried competition open to current members of NOAPS.

  • The 2024 annual membership is $52 and can be paid when entering this exhibit.  To check your membership status, go to  and log in to your account.  Scroll down to see your current membership status.

entry process

All entries will be submitted via Juried Art Services (JAS) JAS is a free service and provides a comprehensive ‘Help’ menu. NOAPS is also available to help with procedural problems. Email: for assistance.

  • Digital files should be saved in universal .jpeg format for JAS entry and should be between 1400 pixels and 4000 pixels longest dimension at 300 PPI (pixels per inch).  Please crop your image to include ONLY the painting; no frame or other background should appear in your image.

  • Art work must be original two dimensional with mediums limited to oil and acrylic paints

  • Completed in the last three (3) years

  • Not previously accepted in any other NOAPS Exhibit (including NOAPS Best of America National Exhibitions, Fall and Spring International Online Top 200, and Associate Online Exhibition).

  • Maximum size of the art excluding frame shall not exceed 320 square inches (Example: 16 x 20 in= 320 square inches).

NOAPS is dedicated to exhibiting excellent works of fine art which promote the artist’s artistic ability, vision and creativity within the traditional art forms of oil and acrylic painting. In this respect All artwork should be original and created from conception to completion by the artist’s own hand in Oil and/or Acrylic only. Artists are permitted to use their own photos as reference materials in the creation of their artwork, but not photos from other sources. No mixed media, painted giclee prints, painted over photographs, or any other type of digital or photographic reproductions in conjunction with the Oil & Acrylic qualify. No artwork copied from other artists work or published photos, or created in an instructional setting are eligible.  No use of Artificial Intelligence, either in the conception or development of the painting is permitted.


The annual 2024 NOAPS membership of $52 is required. If you are not currently a member pay     the membership fee through your NOAPS membership account by logging in at or when entering this exhibit.



The fee to enter is $35 for the first image and $10 for each additional image UP TO A MAXIMUM OF 5 IMAGES.

  • Example: maximum of five (5) entries = $75 plus current calendar year NOAPS membership ($52) if not already paid. Payment may be made by Pay Pal or Credit Card.  Entry fees are non-refundable.

awards judge panel

Mallory Agerton
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Graduate of The Landscape Atelier, 2015

Workshops with master artists: T. Allen Lawson, Deborah Paris, Douglas Fryer, Nancy Bush, Michael Workman, Matt Smith, Brian Blood, Skip Whitcomb, Greg Kreutz.

Abstract Painting Workshops with Jenny Nelson and Larry Moore.

The Art Students League, New York, NY: 1976-1978

Post Graduate Studies with Robert Beverly Hale and David Leffel

University of Texas, Austin: BA 1976, Fine Arts, Summa Cum Laude. Friar Society.


Southwest Art Feature, April/May 2022: Awards & Exhibitions

2023 Oil Painters of America National Show, Reinert Fine Art, Charleston

2022 Western Regional Oil Painters of America Show, Southwest Gallery, Dallas, TX

Oil Painters of America National Show, Steamboat Springs Museum, CO.

2021 Best Painting Award, NOAPS Best of America national juried exhibition, Signature & Masters Division, Principle Gallery, Charleston, SC

Texas Aesthetic XV Annual Exhibition, Foltz Fine Art, Houston, TX

Contemporary Texas Regionalist Landscapes, Foltz Fine Art, Houston, TX

2020 Best of America Show, NOAPS, Cutter & Cutter Gallery, St. Augustine, FL

107th Allied Artist Juried Exhibition, New York City

Texas Aesthetic online show, Foltz Fine Art, Houston, TX

2019 Merit Award, Best of America, NOAPS, Montgomery-Lee Fine Art, Park City, UT

Best of America Show, NOAPS, Merit Award, Park City, Utah

Spirit of Texas Show, Witte Museum, San Antonio, TX

Small Works Show, Merit Award NOAPS, Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX,

Storied Lands Contemporary Texas Landscape Painters, Foltz Fine Art, Houston, TX

2018 Songs of Spring, Group Show, Hawthorne Fine Art, NYC

NOAPS Online International Show, Best Landscape Award 2017 “Summer Reading”, Group Show, Hawthorne Fine Art, NYC

Small Works, Great Wonders Show,

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

2016 Solo Show, “Landscapes of the South”, Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art,

Charleston Hawthorne Fine Art: American Women Artists at Work: Electrical in Movement, NYC

Hawthorne Fine Art: Holiday Exhibition, Group show, NYC 2015 NOAPS, Best of America, Honorable Mention OPA Western Regional Juried Exhibition, Steamboat Springs, CO

Gallery Representation Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art, Charleston, SC

Foltz Fine Art, Houston, TX

Professional Memberships Signature Member, National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society (NOAPS)

Associate Member, Oil Painters of America, (OPA)

Patrick McGannon

I’ve always been drawn to the great artists of the past especially the Italian Renaissance masters such as Michelangelo, Raphael and Da Vinci. Central to their art was the study of anatomy along with studying nature in all of its beauty and complexity. I began at a young age to copy the drawings and paintings of the great masters to learn and understand how they created such powerful and beautiful artwork. I went on to receive my BFA in Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and my MFA from Indiana University.

Central to understanding the figure is working from the live model. Traditional drawing sessions include making many gesture drawings that are made in a minute or two that force the artist to capture the essence of the figure in as few lines as possible. From there, poses become longer and longer so that a figure drawing can become more and more developed. Many of these developed drawings then become the basis for paintings. I work in a classical tradition of first making a detailed drawing of the subject and then making a painting based on the drawing. This allows me to first workout the values and composition before color is added to the final work.

Jan Marie DeLipsey, Ph.D.

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Jan DeLipsey is a national award-winning artist living in Northern New Mexico.  She is known for her western landscapes and has shown her work in museums and galleries from California to New York and in-between.  Her work has been featured in national fine art magazines and she has been juried into several prestigious art organizations. Dr. DeLipsey is an out-of-State Member of the California Art Club, Signature member of NOAPS, Member of the International Guild of Realism and a Master Emeritus Member of Women Artists of the West.  She can most often be found with paint and easel in the high deserts of the four corner states.

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accepted artists

Accepted Artists Small BOA 2024

selection process

Each entry is reviewed and scored by an independent Selection jury panel. The Jurying Panel will consist of a minimum of 5 NOAPS Master 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 International Juried Exhibition AWARDS

Awards include: Best of Show $3,000, $30,000 cash and sponsor awards

Signature and Master Artist Guild Qualifying Update

Signature Artist Membership:

  • 6 points total over 5 years are needed to qualify for Signature Status

  • Acceptance into the "Best of America International Juried Exhibition" will count for 1 point per year

  • Acceptance into the 'Best of America' Small Works International Juried Exhibition will count for 1 point

  • One point for 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in the Associate Online

  • A maximum of 2-3 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 the show in which Signature status is attained. Master Artist Membership is awarded to active members, whose dues are current.

Both “Best of America International Juried Exhibitions” 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 International exhibitions per year, there will be 10 opportunities in a 5 year period to qualify for Master.

  • Upon approval of the Master designation, 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 (painted) edge gallery wrap are acceptable

  •  NOAPS strongly recommends Strong Boxes from Airfloat Systems. (they provide a 20% discount to NOAPS members, promo code NOAPS). 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.  Artwork must remain at the exhibit until the end of the show, unless released for sale by the gallery.

  • If the artwork is sold after acceptance but before shipping it to the exhibit, artist must contact NOAPS ( The artwork should still be sent to the gallery, and 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 images from other sources 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 may be increased by the gallery to account for shipping to a buyer.  The Gallery retains the right to offer a 10% discount on sales without notifying the artist.


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.



your art is accepted into the Exhibition, please follow the shipping instructions carefully. Full shipping instructions will be provided with acceptance letters from Juried Art Services. 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 or email to the gallery (  There are no charges until the UPS driver picks up the parcel and scans the shipping label.

  3. $25 check made payable to The Sugarman Peterson 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: February 14-May 7, 2024

Notifications: May 27, 2024

Artwork arrival ship dates: June 25-July 2, 2024

Shipping Address for artwork:

Sugarman Peterson Gallery

130 West Palace Ave

Santa Fe, New Mexico   87501


Opening Week Program: Events to be listed at

Opening Reception: July 5, 2024

Exhibit Closing: July 31, 2024

Your participation and support of the NATIONAL OIL & ACRYLIC PAINTERS’ SOCIETY is greatly appreciated. We wish you success in this event and may all your art career goals be met! GOOD LUCK!!


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