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Accepted artists - see below

Maximum size 320 sq inches - 16" x 20"

Richland Fine Art Gallery in Nashville, TN is hosting our 

April 30 - May 26

Richland Fine Art began operations on July 21, 2003 at Grace’s Plaza in the growing Green Hills area of Nashville, Tennessee. For fifteen years, the owners, Clay Whitelaw and Anne Goad, have focused on providing their clients the best in fine art. Many of their artists hail from across the country and are nationally prominent.

 The gallery is on the second level of the Plaza, positioned along a thirty foot wide, one hundred-fifty foot long atrium that allows natural light during the day and is softly lit at night; the perfect place for an art event and reception. They have previously hosted a number of noteworthy art events, including: Oil Painters of America Eastern Region Exhibition, American Impressionist Society National Juried Competition, Plein Air Painters of the Southeast national event, and The Cumberland Society of Painters Juried Exhibition. 

 Richland is very pleased to welcome the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society to Nashville, and to host their 2018 spring event: “The Best of America Small Painting National Exhibition”  

Opening & Awards Reception, May 4th, 2018

at Richland Fine Art Gallery, Nashville, TN.

award winners & accepted artists

Click HERE to see a list of the award winners!

Most Original

Best Realism

Best Signature/Master

Best Figurative

Best Use of Values

Best Landscape

Best Still Life

Best Impressionism

Best Composition

Best Technique & Handling

Best Narrative

Best Use of Light and Color

Award of Excellence

Award of Excellence

Award of Excellence

Award of Excellence

Award of Excellence

Award of Excellence

Award of Excellence

Award of Excellence

Award of Merit

Award of Merit

Award of Merit

Award of Merit

Award of Merit

Award of Merit

best of show

2nd Place

3rd Place

awards judge

Dawn E. Whitelaw

Dawn Whitelaw is one of the artists in residence at On Track Studios in Franklin, Tennessee. The opportunity to paint “en plein air” with colleagues in the Plein Air Painters of the Southeast adds richness and honesty to her studio work.  Most of her formal instruction comes from continuing study with New York painter, Everett Raymond Kinstler.  Ms. Whitelaw is currently on the faculty of the Peninsula School of Art and the Portrait Society of America, where she holds the office of Vice Chairman.  In recent years, The Plein Air Convention and Expo featured her as an instructor in their conventions in Nevada and California and she has been on the faculty for Plein Air South two years.  For over 25 years she taught painting as an adjunct instructor at David Lipscomb University.  She continues to teach throughout the country by conducting workshops in oil painting principles and drawing. 


Dawn has received many awards throughout her career, most recently American Art Collector’s Master Award of Excellence AIS Annual Juried Exhibition 2017. In 2012, 2013, and 2015, Plein Air Magazine included her work in feature articles. The American Impressionist Society elected her to Master status in 2016. She is a founding member of the Cumberland Society of Painters.

"The most difficult part about judging an exhibition is not choosing a painting for an award just because you “like It.” As a judge, I have to go beyond my personal preferences for style, subject matter, color etc, and dig down and find  excellent work. I look for paintings that are skilled in execution, shows the artist’ point of view and has imagination. Each artist juried Into the show can be assured that each and every painting will be carefully considered for an award."
-Dawn Whitelaw

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 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. The gallery may extend its traditional 10% discount to local designers to encourage their participation. This will reduce the sale price before the 55/45 split is enacted.




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. 



Ship to: Richland Fine Art

              NOAPS BOA Small Painting

              4009 Hillsboro Pike


              Nashville, TN 37215


Include in the shipping container:


  1. Include a RETURN shipping label  - Fedex or UPS,  No painting will be displayed if it is not included. Ground shipping only - no express return shipping.

  2. HOW TO create a return shipping label- example - If using FedEx or 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. $30 check made payable to Richland Fine Art Gallery for unpacking/repacking fees. Put check and Return shipping label in an envelope and attach to the wire on the back of the painting.

         *Use bubble wrap and clear plastic sheeting for moisture and temperature protection.
         *Airfloat Systems (800-445-2580) is highly recommended.  Airfloat Systems offers discounts    to NOAPS members.  Use code NOAPS in the coupon box on the ordering page to receive a 20% discount.
         *NO WOODEN CRATES or STYROFOAM PACKING PEANUTS OR POPCORN!  If there are special instructions for packaging, please include them inside the package or box.

  5. Hand deliveries DO NOT require a handling fee. 

  6. Artwork label attached to back of painting  

  7. 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: November 15, 2017 - February 11, 2018

Notifications: March 5, 2018

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

Exhibit Grand Opening & Award Reception Friday, May 4th, 2018, Richland Fine Art Gallery, Nashville, TN.

Exhibit Closing: May 26, 2018




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

art exhibition prospectus  


AWARDS:                      Best of show $3,000, $21,000 cash and sponsor awards


Exhibition dates:            April 30, 2018 to May 26, 2018 — Richland Fine Art Gallery


Application Dates:        November 15, 2017 - February 11, 2018


Notification Date:        March 5, 2018


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 2018 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. 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 2018 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 2018 NOAPS Member, please check our Members Directory Page. A 2018 will be listed after your name if you are a current member.

CLICK HERE for the Members Directory



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 2018 NOAPS membership if not already paid. Payment may be made by Pay Pal or Credit Card.

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