RS Hanna Gallery in Fredericksburg, TX is hosting our 

Max Size (16x20" or 320sq inches)

March 1 – April 6, 2019

With deep Texas roots in the art gallery world, an eye to exceptional talent and a long time focus on her artists, RS “Shannon” Hanna has created a beautiful art gallery space in downtown Fredericksburg Texas for collectors to experience some of the best contemporary art.  RS Hana Gallery represents a select group of fine living/working masters of representational art.  The joy of collecting runs deep in our appreciation of what matters; of what is truly beautiful, giving texture to our lives and running far deeper than surface comeliness or commerce.   The RS Hanna Gallery is proud to be a part of Fredericksburg’s growing and vibrant celebration of the arts, and proud to present the exhibition of the National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society.

about the event

Celebrating its 2nd “Best of America” SMALL PAINTING NATIONAL Juried Exhibition in 2019, 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, March 1, 2019 at RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX.

art exhibition prospectus  

AWARDS:                      Best of show $3,000, $15,000 cash and sponsor awards


Exhibition dates:            March 1, 2019 to April 6, 2019 


Application Dates:         August 2018 -December 2, 2018


Notification Date:         January 4, 2019


Show Chair:                    Pat Tribastone-


artist eligibility


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

  • The 'Best of America' SMALL PAINTING NATIONAL Juried Exhibition is a juried competition open to members of NOAPS. 

  • The 2019 annual membership is $50 and can be paid when entering this exhibit or through the Membership Link at 


entry procedures 


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 300PPI (pixels per inch).

  • 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 National Exhibitions, and Fall and Spring International Online Top 150).

  • 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 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, 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.



The annual 2019 NOAPS  membership of $50 is required if you are not currently a member. Pay the membership fee through the membership link at or when entering this exhibit.


  • The annual membership is valid from January 1st to December 31st of each year.

  • To verify if you are a current 2019 NOAPS Member, please check our Members Directory  Page. A 2019 will be listed after your name if you are a current member.



The fee to enter is $30 for the first image and $10 for each additional image UP TO A MAXIMUM OF 5 IMAGES.

  • Example: maximum of five (5) entries= $70 plus current 2019 NOAPS membership if not already paid. Payment may be made by Pay Pal or Credit Card.

awards judge

William Kalwick

William Kalwick’s art was greatly influenced by his late father who had studied with Lajos Markos, a prominent portrait painter.  Kalwick studied with his father until graduating.  He then attended the Arts Student League of New York.  In 1981, Kalwick moved to Houston, Texas to become the protégé of Lajos Markos.  The two made numerous trips to Europe, especially Italy, where Kalwick experienced first hand the country's long tradition of powerful images.

In a profile in Focus/Santa Fe magazine, Kalwick was quoted as saying, “I started with a strong European influence, and now I see my style changing.”  In addition to Markos, he credits other influences to Sorolla, Repin, Zorn, Serov, and Sargent -- all artists noted for their expressive works. 

Kalwick’s paintings cover a wide range of subject matter.  However, he is best known for his Mexican market scenes, figurative work, and portraits. Recent portrait commissions include Harold Hook, retiring CEO of American General Corp.; Reese Jones, international golf course designer; and Paul Merriman, retiring CEO of Hisco Corp.

In 1998, Kalwick was honored for the second time with a one-man show sponsored by the United States Embassy at the Museo Ixchel in Guatemala City.

In March 1999, Southwest Art magazine featured Kalwick’s work on the cover and elaborated upon his style in an article titled “Guatemala Days.”  He also was featured in Art of the West magazine in the July/August 2000 issue.  Kalwick’s portrait painting was featured in Southwest Art magazine in the November 2001 issue.

Kalwick has participated in many shows including the Masters of the American West at the Autry Museum in Los Angeles, California; the Prix de West at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, as well as the annual Gilcrease Museum show. 

Kalwick’s paintings hang in collections throughout North America and Europe. 

William Kalwick Jr.

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 PAINTING 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 PAINTING NATIONAL Juried Exhibition will count for 1/2 point

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

  • 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 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. 


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.

ALL ART MUST ARRIVE AT THE GALLERY BETWEEN February 6, 2019_to_February 15, 2019

***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. $20 check made payable to RS Hanna Gallery for unpacking/repacking fees.

  4. Hand deliveries DO NOT require a handling fee.

  5. Artwork label attached to back of painting

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

Shipping Address for artwork:

Fredericksburg Shipping,

 603 FM 2093, Suite 1502,

Fredericksburg, TX 78624

ph 830-992-2025 or toll free 877-992-2025 email




Applications Dates: August 2018 - December 2, 2018

Notifications: Jan 4, 2019

Artwork arrival ship dates: February 6, 2019_to_February 15, 2019

Workshop & Opening Week Program: Workshop prior to the exhibition with Award Judge Awards

Opening Reception: March 1, 2019 at RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX.

Exhibit Closing: April 6, 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


National Oil and Acrylic Painters' Society

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