SIGNATURE & MASTER ARTIST QUALIFICATIONS
Signature Artist Membership: Signature artist membership is obtained by members demonstrating consistent excellence. This status is awarded to active members whose dues are current and who have attained 6 total points within any consecutive 5 year period. Acceptance in both Best of America National Juried Exhibition and Best of America National Small Works National Juried Exhibition each count for one point.
Artist members with accumulated points towards Signature status as of the end of 2019 will be 'grandfathered' and allowed to continue accumulating points under the old rules until the end of 2021. In 2022 the 'grandfathered' artists that do not achieve Signature status will move to the new rules (6 points within any consecutive 5 year period). All applicable points will revert to 1 point retroactively for each acceptance toward Signature Status.
Once Signature Status is achieved, the awarded artist may use the initials NOAPS on original works of art and in their correspondence.
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, 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 when 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
If you qualify for either Signature or Master status, please confirm eligibility by sending information to
The National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society