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The America China Oil Painters League (ACOPAL), has recently announced the winners of its second annual open competition. As this year's Grand Prize Winners, Teresa Elliott, Benat Iglesias, and David Gluck, have the possibility of having their paintings included in an exhibition of contemporary realism at the Beijing World Art Museum in September, 2012. In the meantime, Elliott and Iglesias will have their paintings featured in a show opening next month at Ohio's Butler Institute of Art with others of America's most highly regarded representational painters, including Jeremy Lipking, Michael Klein, Joseph Todorovitch, David Kassan, Daniel Sprick, Tony Ryder, Casey Baugh, Steven Assael, Nelson Shanks, Daniel Greene, Patricia Watwood, Robert Liberace, Christopher Pugliese, Burt Silverman, and Max Ginsburg. Unfortunately, Gluck's painting, The Trapper, was a last-minute submission, and it will not be sufficiently dry in time for hanging in the Butler show; a fourth-place winner, Peter Fiore, will have his painting in the American exhibition instead.
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It is the purpose of ACOPAL to build a "creative and philosophical exchange between artists in the United States and those living in China. Exchange programs will be designed to allow American artists to travel to China to meet with their Chinese counterparts to share ideas, methods and techniques associated with realistic painting in oil. In turn, Chinese artists will come to America to do the same. Visiting artists from either side will conduct workshops, seminars and open forum discussion groups to advance the exchange of artistic endeavors in an amicable climate of 'East meets West.' Through this organization, exhibitions will be arranged (in America and China ) to showcase the best artists that each nation has to offer with the intent to promote the resurgence of Realistic painting in oil." (from the ACOPAL mission statement).
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The American exhibit of ACOPAL members, including this year's Grand Prize Winners, Elliott, Iglesias, and Fiore, will open on December 18th at The Butler Institute of Art in Youngstown, Ohio. It will run through January 22, 2012. The Artist's Reception will take place on the final day of the show, from 1:00-3:00 PM.
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To see all 50 of this year's ACOPAL finalists, please visit the organization's website.