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Most asked question: What’s the OPA mean?

Answer: Basically, it is an award. When an artist receives this award from Oil Painter’s of America (OPA), he or she may put those initials after their signature on paintings or any other documents, etc. It is generally referred to as "Signature Member Status".

In the letter received with this award, Mr. William Chambers OPA, then president of the organization, wrote, "At its November 30th (2006) meeting the OPA Board of Directors approved the award of Signature Member Status to you,(Mr. Dziak) for showing remarkable talent in the paintings that you have exhibited at the national OPA shows. The board also took into consideration the other shows, publications and awards that demonstrated the high level of expertise that you have attained. The award of Signature status is indeed an honor received only by a limited number of artists. Your name will be included as a Signature Member in future annual OPA show catalogs. In addition, you may now use the initials OPA after your name when signing your paintings."

Minimum requirements to be met for consideration of this award is to be juried into at least 3 National OPA sponsored shows. Mr. Dziak was in the Palm Desert, Ca. show in 2000, the Carmel, Ca. show in 2001, the Missoula, Montana show in 2006, and the Midwest Regional show in Arlington Hts. (Chicago), IL. In which he won a merit award. And, most recently he was in the first Salon National Show in Petosky, Mi. Entries to these shows may number in the thousands, with, usually, around 100 juried in. The jury is comprised of OPA status members, usually 5. So, it is a validation from ones peers.

OPA has a membership of over 4000 throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. It is the most active, largest and respected art organizations in the U.S. Approximately 150 of those members have signature status. Mr. Dziak is one of only two artists to hold this status in Ohio. Every year the board meets and reviews applicants for this award. There can be anywhere from none, to a dozen that may be selected.

Artist’s Statement:

Trying to paint the way we see can be difficult. When we look at a scene we rarely stare at any given part, but rather, we absorb what is in front of us in its totality within a split second of time. What attracts us to the scene in the first place is usually the way light may be affecting one or more of its many parts. I try to capture the impact of that split second image using color and form. There is little regard for detail, and subject matter is secondary.

To paint in this manner, one must make quick decisions, and react immediately to those decisions. In my best work, these decisions are reflected in the exciting colors and solid composition.

Paint texture, also plays an important role in my paintings. It gives expression and life to the work. This "life" can never be duplicated in a print. The humanism is always present in originals such as these. That is what gives them their uniqueness and their value.

Working "en plein aire", or on location out of doors, helps me key in on true color, and the sensation felt looking at the scene before me. This sensation is heightened as the painting progresses adding more excitement to the piece. These characteristics tend to carry over and come through in my studio work.

 

                                                                       

Biography of Rick Dziak

(b. 1945)

Education:  B.S. degree, Kent State U., Kent, Ohio  1971.  Coursework in life drawing,

                     graphics, and design.

 

Associations:  Signature member of Oil Painters of America, member of Ohio Plein Air Society, The Toledo Artists Club, and The Monday Morning Painters, a plein aire group in Northwest Ohio.

 

Representation: Collector’s Corner, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio; Dziak Gallery, Marblehead, Ohio.

 

 

Major Awards and Exhibitions:

 

 Dec 8, 2006:  Rick was notified that he was awarded Signature Status in Oil Painters of America.  This is a national recognition that has been awarded to only one other artist in the state of Ohio.

 

2013 –Sunkissed” juried into the Oil Painter’s of America First National Salon Show of Traditional Oils, Crooked Tree Art Center,

                Petoskey, Michigan

3rd Place – The Katherine Crampton Memorial Art Show, Lakeside, Ohio

 

2012 -2nd Place Ohio Plein Air Society 10th Anniversary Show, Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, Ohio

         2nd Place - Katherine Crampton Memorial Art Show, Lakeside, Ohio

2011 - Merit Award – Toledo Artist Club 50th Auction

2010 - Best of Show. Toledo Artist Club 49th Auction

2009 - Best of Show, Toledo Artist Club 49th Auction

2008 Award of Merit, Toledo Artist Club 48th Auction

             I                   Invited to return the Door County Second Annual Plein Air Festival, Peninsula Art School and Gallery, Fishcreek,Wis.

                                            

2007 – Honorable Mention, The Fourth Annual Ohio Plein Air Society Paintout Competition           

                                 2nd Place, The Door County Plein Air Festival, Peninsula Art School and Gallery, Fishcreek, Wisconsin

                                1st Place, The Katerine Crampton Memorial Art Show, Lakeside, Ohio

 

2006 -  Best of Show, Toledo Artist Club 46th Auction

                                 2nd Place, The Katherine Crampton Memorial Art Show, Lakeside, Ohio

                                 Painting “Spring Pond” Juried into Oil Painters of America 15th Annual  National Juried Exhibition of Traditional

                                 Oils

                                 First Place, Toldeo Artist Club Having Fun Show

 

2005 -  Best of Show, Toledo Artist Club 45th Auction

                                Honorable Mention, Ohio Plein Air Society Paintout competition in Nelsonville, Ohio

                                Toledo Area Artist Show, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio

 

2004 -  1st Place, The Katherine Crampton Memorial Art Show, Lakeside, Ohio

                                Best of Show, The Open Winter Show, Toledo Artists Club, Toledo, Ohio

                                Paintings of Brown County, Ind., group show, American Gallery, Sylvania, Oh.

 

2003 - 1st Place, The Katherine Crampton Memorial Art Show, Lakeside, Ohio

                                The Toledo Area Artists Show, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Oh.

                                 Paintings from Maine, a group show, American Gallery, Sylvania, Oh.

 

2002 - Best of Show, Bill Williamson Award, Toledo Artists Club Auction.  Toledo, Oh.

                                Best of Show, Award of Excellence Show, Toledo Artists Club, Toledo, Oh.

                                1st Place Award, Artists in the Garden, Wildwood Manor House, Toledo, Oh.

                                1st Place Award, Four Seasons Show, Toledo Artists Club, Toledo, Oh.

                                The Toledo Area Artists Show, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio.

 

2001 - Award of Excellence, Oil Painters of America, Midwest Show, Arlington Hts. Ill.

                                1st Place Award, Toledo Area Artists Show, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Oh.

                                Purchase Award, Toledo Area Artists Show, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Oh.

                                 Oil Painters of America, National Show, Palm Desert, Ca.

                                Featured Artist, Katherine Crampton Art Show, Lakeside, Oh.

 

2000 - Best of Show, Gold Medallion Show, Toledo Artists Club, Toledo, Oh.

                                Best of Show, Bill Williamson Award, Toledo Artists Club Auction, Toledo, Oh.

                                Oil Painters of America, National Show, Carmel, Ca.

 

 

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