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article I: name & purpose

Name:  The name of the organization shall be National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society (hereafter NOAPS).

Purpose:  NOAPS is organized for the purpose of governing, administrating, and maintaining, through its Board of Directors, such activities as will provide an International forum and standard of excellence in which artists can fully express their original two dimensional hand paintings completed totally in OIL and ACRYLICS. "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. No mixed media, Photography, digital and or other media, No painted giclee prints, or any other type of reproductions, no manipulated photos. No artwork copied from other artists' work or published photos, or created in an instructional setting are eligible.”

Mission Statement:  NOAPS mission is to provide a society for artists in oil and acrylic media to interchange ideas, support and educate members and provide quality venues for the exhibition of their original fine art.

Core Values:     1. Treat members, patrons and sponsors with respect and dignity.
                           2. Maintain a high standard of excellence.
                           3. Encourage the development of new and emerging artists.

article II: offices

NOAPS may have such offices, within or without the State of Missouri, as the business of the Society may require from time to time. The registered office of the Society required by the General Not for Profit Corporations Law of Missouri 501(C) (3) is to be maintained in the State of Missouri may be, but need not be, identical with the principal office in the State of Missouri, and the address of the registered office may be changed from time to time by the Board of Directors. 

article III: membership

Membership:  Membership of the Society shall consist of Members, Signature Members, Signature Master Members, and Honorary Lifetime Members.

Artist Membership:  Artist membership is available to all OIL and ACRYLIC painters worldwide over the age of 18 by payment of an annual membership fee. The annual membership fee is determined by the Board of Directors and maybe adjusted from time to time. Payment is in US Dollars.

Signature Artist Membership: 
Signature artist membership is obtained by members demonstrating consistent excellence. To achieve Signature Status, the artist member must accrue 6 total points within any consecutive 5 year period. Acceptance in both the Best of America National Juried Exhibition and Best of America National Small Works National Juried Exhibition each count for one point. Members who have achieved 1/2 points in the past Small Works shows will be granted 1 point retroactively for each acceptance toward Signature Status.


This honor is awarded for life, unless forfeited by nonpayment of annual dues or resignation.

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, 2nd, 3rd 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.


*artist members are responsible in addition to the NOAPS Board for keeping a tally of accrued points.  If the member realizes a point total that will bring them to the next level of membership and they have not been notified by the Board, the member should notify the Board of their status

Honorary Lifetime Membership:   Honorary Lifetime Membership may be awarded to an outstanding member or patron deemed worthy by the Board. These individuals are exempt from annual dues. This honor is awarded for life.

NOAPS Signature Artist Guild:  This Guild includes all Signature and Master Artist members of NOAPS who maintain their membership through annual dues. They are eligible for participation in various exclusive activities, such as the NOAPS Signature Artist Guild Exhibition.

article IV: government of the society

The Board of Directors (the Board) shall be the governing body of NOAPS. It shall manage and govern the affairs of NOAPS. The President shall be the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive officer of NOAPS.
The BOARD shall be organized to best serve the members of NOAPS. Its organization can be changed from year to year by a vote of the Board. All artist members of NOAPS are eligible to participate on the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors will elect new members of the Board at their meetings. Nomination for new board Members can be made at any meeting. If there is a vacancy in the Board, the position and the nominee to fill the position will be considered and the decision will be rendered at the next meeting of the Board or one month later, whichever comes first.

article V: officers

The Officers of NOAPS shall be members of the Board of Directors, and shall be elected by the Board. The officers include President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer and Executive Vice President who will typically be a past president of the organization. Board Officers may also serve as chairmen of various committees. Committees and committee chair requirements will be determined by President and the Board to best service the members of NOAPS.

President:   The President is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of NOAPS. As such, the President oversees all activities of NOAPS. The duties of President include review and approval of reports from all committee chairmen, preparation of Board meeting agendas, and presiding over the Annual Board meeting and any other Board meetings. The President works with the Treasurer and other Board members to prepare the annual schedule, annual budget and financial report, which are presented to the Board at the Annual Meeting for approval. After the Board meeting, the President prepares an annual report to the members of NOAPS.

Vice President:   The Vice President is the primary assistant to the President. The Vice President may temporarily assume the duties of the President on request from the President. The Vice President also assumes the duty of President if the President is unable to perform his duties due to incapacity.

Secretary:  The Secretary’s duties include notification of Board meetings, preparation, circulation, and storage of Board meeting records, and general correspondence as requested by the President.

Treasurer:  The Treasurer’s duties include assisting the President with preparation of the annual budget, including previous and projected income and expenditures. The Treasurer shall assist the President prepare quarterly financial reports to the Board. The Treasurer will have charge of the NOAPS’ funds, which will be maintained in an insured bank in the United States. The Treasurer will maintain on-line access to NOAPS bank accounts, and will share electronic access to these accounts with the President and Vice President. The Treasurer will maintain all financial records of NOAPS. The Treasurer shall make the necessary disbursements for the business of the NOAPS.

Executive Vice President:   The Executive Vice President will typically be a past president who will serve to provide continuity to the activities of the board. This position will also chair committees as decided by the board, as well as advise decisions made by the executive committee.

Term of Office:   The term of each officer shall be one calendar year to commence on January 1 and expire on December 31. At the discretion of the Board and the agreement of the Officer, repeat terms are allowed. If an officer is unable or unwilling to complete his term of office, another board member will be selected by vote of the Board to complete the time remaining until the next Annual Board Meeting. That Board member, or another, will then be elected for a full one year term at the next Annual Board Meeting.


article VI: meetings

Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors:   An annual meeting by the Board shall be held each year. Officers and Directors will be elected at the meeting. The meeting shall be scheduled and the place and time designated by the President, but typically will be held in association with the annual Best of America Exhibition. The annual meeting will be a physical gathering of the Board members, unless extreme circumstances prevent such gathering, in which case the meeting will be conducted by phone conferencing, or by email. Nominations for replacement of NOAPS officers whose terms of service are expiring shall be provided to the Board as soon as possible prior to the annual meeting. Voting shall be by secret ballot provided by the Secretary and counted by the President.

Other Board Meetings:  These will be scheduled by the President. They may be held in a physical location or electronically, as deemed feasible.

Quorum of the Board:   The quorum of the Board required to transact business shall be a simple majority. All members of the Board have equal voting rights, although the President’s vote will be reserved for resolving voting ties.


article VII: committees

The President, with approval of the Board, shall form committees and appoint chairpersons as deemed necessary to conduct the business of the organization. Chairpersons will be selected from the members of the Board. All artist members of NOAPS are eligible to serve on the Society’s committees.

article VIII: exhibitions & shows

NOAPS will provide at least one annual juried national exhibition of the members’ paintings. All members of NOAPS are eligible to apply for inclusion in this exhibition. This event is the primary responsibility of the Board of Directors. This exhibition will continue to be titled the “The Annual Best of America Exhibition.” Other exhibitions and shows will be scheduled as practical, based on available funds, member demographics, and host venue availability.

article IX: liability

No member of NOAPS shall be liable except for unpaid dues for the current year. No personal liability shall in any event attach to any member of NOAPS in connection with any of its activity or undertakings.

article X: amendments, policies, & procedures

This document has been approved by the Board of Directors on September 3rd, 2016.

It may be amended in the future by the vote of the Board.

In addition, various Policies and Procedures may be created and/or modified in the future by the Board of Directors.

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