2017 Western Regional Exhibition

2016 Western Exhibition in Scottsdale, AZ

The OPA 2017 Western Exhibition will be held at Illume Gallery of Fine Art, Authentique Gallery of Art & Design and The Mission Gallery, in Saint George, UT November 10 - December 9, 2017

Utah's "Dixie" the area offers a wide variety of things to do. You might visit Pioneer Park to view and hike the spectacular red rock formations. The Rosenbruch Wildlife Museum presents nearly 300 species of animals recreated in examples of their natural environments. And at the Saint George Dinosaur Discovery Site, you can see 200-million year old dinosaur tracks, as well as fossils of dinosaurs, fish bones, marine animal shells and plant life. Sporting activities in the area include golf, fishing, hiking and hot air ballooning, to name just a few. Illume Gallery of Fine Art, Authentique Gallery of Art & Design and The Mission Gallery are hosting an opening reception on Friday, November 10, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with the awards presentation at 8:00 p.m

Our Goal

Our Goal is to assemble the finest display of representational oil paintings. The focus in the jurying process will be to select paintings that show the highest quality in draftsmanship, color, and composition, emphasizing a diversity in representational style and subject matter.


The total awards will be approximately $11,500, including a $4,000 Best In Show.

Juror of Awards: William A. Schneider OPA

William A. Schneider paints primarily from life, he seeks to capture the emotion of a particular moment and place. Sargent, Zorn, Fechin, and Sorolla have been influences.

After careers in music and finance he returned to his first love, painting in 1990. His skills were honed during eight years at the American Academy of Art's Saturday Program in Chicago where he studied figure drawing with Bill Parks and oil painting with Ted Smuskiewicz.

He continued his education through workshops with Carolyn Anderson, Dan Gerhartz, Scott Burdick, Harley Brown, Scott Christensen, Huihan Liu, David Leffel, and Richard Schmid among others. William commented, "The wonderful thing about art is that you can always get better. I view myself as a perpetual student!"

William has been featured in numerous publications and has received awards in exhibitions including those of: American Impressionist Society, Oil Painters of America, The Pastel Society of America, Portrait Society of America, and Salon International.

Bill was awarded signature status in Oil Painters of America (OPA). In addition the Pastel Society of America has recognized him as a "Master Pastelist," IAPS (The International Association of Pastel Societies) has named him to the Masters' Circle and AIS made him a Master Signature Member (AISM). His home is in Crystal Lake, IL with his wife Caren.


Eligible states and provinces included:
Alaska, Alberta, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Manitoba, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, North Dakota, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Oklahoma, Oregon, Saskatchewan, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Yukon Territories, and all of Mexico. Artists must be either 2017 OPA paid members or have submitted an application for membership for 2017 to be eligible to submit an entry in this exhibition. Artists whose residency is in question must provide OPA with documentation certifying legal residency. See Bylaws Article II K online for definition of residency requirements.

Artists have to be either 2017 OPA paid members or have submitted an application for membership for 2017 to have been eligible to submit an entry in this exhibition. Artists whose residency was in question had to provide OPA with documentation certifying legal residency. See Bylaws Article II K online for definition of residency requirements.

General Information

FINAL ACCEPTANCE: Online submissions: Friday, July 14, 2017

  • Representational oil paintings of original concept and design only.
  • Paintings entered must have been painted in the last 3 years and should not have been accepted into a previous OPA Regional, Salon or National Exhibition.
  • Canvas size: not to exceed 1,200 square inches. Example: 30" (height) X 40" (width) = 1,200 square inches.
  • Painting must be framed and wired for hanging.
  • Gallery wrap is acceptable, providing the painting extends and covers all four sides of the gallery wrap. Color borders are not acceptable. Painted frames are not acceptable.
  • Maximum entries two (2). However, only one (1) painting can be accepted.
  • The artist retains copyright to his/her image(s). However, accepted images do become part of OPA archives and may be used for future OPA event promotion.
  • Paintings created in an instructional setting, including, but not limited to workshops and art classes are not considered original artwork.
  • All work must be for sale and reflect the artist's current pricing structure. No NFS.
  • Pre-sales permitted through Illume Gallery of Fine Art at the contracted commission rate of 60% / 40%.
  • Artists must be currently living in the United States, Canada or Mexico.
  • An artist who withdraws an entry after acceptance into the exhibition shall not be eligible to enter any OPA exhibition for the two succeeding years.

Entry Information

Online Submissions - Deadline: Friday, July 14, 2017

Electronic applications will be accepted beginning Monday, May 1, 2017 through Friday, July 14, 2017. Images should be between 1400 and 4000 pixels at the largest dimension. Specific details on how to prepare your image properly can be found at juriedartservices.com.

To submit your electronic application, please go directly to OPA's 2017 Western Regional Exhibition Application.

Jurying Fees

The jurying fee for electronic entries is as follows: one painting is $30.00 or $45.00 for two paintings. Only one painting can be accepted. Electronic payment may be made by credit card or through PayPal. No e-checks will be accepted. Jurying fees for online submissions may also be paid by check mailed to OPA if received by
Friday, July 14, 2017.


You must be a paid member through December 31, 2017 at a cost of $70.00. If you are currently not a member or have not paid your 2017 membership dues, OPA will accept your entry provided that 1.) an electronic membership fee is paid by Friday, July 14 or 2.) a mailed membership application and your annual dues are postmarked no later than Friday, June 30, 2017. Click here for member services information.

Sales Commission

Sales commission of 40% is required by the gallery for all paintings sold. Please take this into consideration when setting your price. All work that is submitted must be for sale. No NFS. Paintings must be priced in accordance with the artist&339;s current pricing structure. Pre-sales permitted. Pre-sales must go through Illume Gallery of Fine Art at the contracted commission rate of 60%/40% split.

Delivery and Return of Accepted Work

Delivery for Local Artists:

Deliver uncrated paintings to Illume Gallery of Fine Art between October 23 and October 27. Hand delivered work must be picked up between December 11 and December 16, 2017.

Out of Town Artists:

ship to Illume Gallery of Fine Art, 29 West 200 North, Saint George, UT 84770 to arrive between October 23 and October 27, 2017. Handling Fee: Out of Town artists must include a $25 check payable to Illume Gallery of Fine Art to cover the expense of uncrating, storage of crates, re-crating and contacting your shipper for return. In a separate envelope include the appropriate return shipping label with your personal Fed Ex or UPS Account Information. Shipments from OUTSIDE the US must be shipped "FREE DOMICILE" or will not be accepted. OPA will waive the uncrating fee for artists who use a commercially manufactured artist's/strong box such as a StrongBox™ by Airfloat Systems, or similar brand, like Masterpak or Uline. StrongBoxes will be returned to the artists at the conclusion of the show at the artist's expense. Artists who do not use one of these special boxes are still required to send the $25 uncrating fee.

Notification of Results:

Participants should check the OPA website after August 9, for the juror's selections.

Liabilities and Responsibilities

Oil Painters of America and Illume Gallery of Fine Art, Authentique Gallery of Art & Design and The Mission Gallery will not be responsible for loss or damage of any artwork, no matter what the cause. By submitting artwork to this exhibition, each artist will be deemed to have concurred with this agreement. Artists pay for shipping both ways. We suggest that you provide insurance to cover the full value of the artwork while in transit.

The Jurying Committee will consist of five Master Signature or Signature members of OPA. The results of the jurying will be final. No refunds will be made on unaccepted entries.

Good Luck and Good Painting


Illume Gallery of Fine Art

Illume Gallery of Fine Art is the proud host of the 2017 Western Exhibition in Saint George, Utah.

Gallery Hours
10:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.

July 14, 2017

Deadline for online entries.

August 10, 2017

Notification posted on the OPA website.

October 23 - 27

Out of Town Artists: artwork to arrive at Illume Gallery of Fine Art.

October 23 - 27

Local Artists: deliver artwork to Illume Gallery of Fine Art during normal gallery hours

November 10, 2017

Opening Reception: for collectors, press, exhibiting artists and the public, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony at 8:00 p.m.

November 10 - December 9, 2017

Length of time show will be open for viewing. See below for gallery hours.

December 11 - 16, 2017

Local Artists: remove paintings during this period or a storage fee will be charged. Thank you for your cooperation.


OPA has secured a special rate for this year's 2017 Western Regional Exhibition at the Best Western Coral Hills - just a short walk to the gallery. To make a reservation at this special rate please call 435-673-4844 and mention that you are with Oil Painters of America.

    Rates are as follows:
  • King or Doubles: $96.29 + tax.
  • Breakfast included. Free wi-fi.