PaintAmerica Announces Jurors for “Paint the Parks” Competition

Topeka, KS, March 24, 2007 --( PaintAmerica, (, a non-profit organization to support and promote the visual arts, has announced a panel of nationally recognized jurors for their Paint the Parks Art Competition. Paint the Parks was developed to fill the void created when the Arts for the Parks program was recently discontinued and offers tens of thousands of dollars in cash and purchase awards, including a $10,000 grand prize purchase award.

Executive Director Rod Seel announced the panel on Thursday, March 25th. “We are extremely pleased to have assembled a jury panel of this caliber. We have two signature artists and an art curator, representing various parts of the country, and mediums.” The panel consists of William Scott Jennings, OPA, Elaine Hahn, AWS, NWS, and Lili Francuz, Art Curator at the Wyoming State Museum.

William Scott Jennings, OPA-M ( is a Master Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America (OPA-M) and a Signature Member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA) and the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters (RMPAP).  Feature articles about Jennings’ work have appeared in Art of the West Magazine, Southwest Art Magazine, Focus Magazine Santa Fe and Art Business News as well as features and cover art in American Artist Magazine, International Artist Magazine and The Artist’s Magazine.  Jennings paintings are held in renowned corporate and private collections around the world, including the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC and the Ford Motor Company, Christopher Forbes, William Shatner, Congressman David Dreier, Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn.

Elaine Hahn, AWS, NWS ( is a native of Kansas City, Missouri, and holds a BA and MA in Art from the University of Missouri.  Hahn has studied with noted artists throughout the United States, England and Mexico. She is a signature member of the American Watercolor and the National Watercolor Societies, and her paintings have achieved prominence through acceptance and awards in major, national juried exhibitions, including the Midwest Watercolor Society and the Virginia Watercolor Society. Hahn’s images have also been selected through her Art Licensing Program by national firms in the manufacture of gift products including Christmas cards, magnets, notebooks and stationery, gift bags and many other products.

Liliane Francuz, Art Curator at the Wyoming State Museum, holds a B.F.A. and an M.F.A. in printmaking from Utah State University.  Francuz curates several art exhibits during the year, coordinates the Annual Governor’s Capitol Art Exhibition, the Governor’s Residence Sculpture program and the Governor’s Portrait Project. She served on the National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts panel in Washington, D.C. and has been on artist fellowship and organization jury panels for 9 state arts councils.  Francuz has also served on selection panels for the Denver Cherry Creek Arts Festival, the Utah American Association of University Women exhibit, the Colorado State Fair fine arts division and regional college and art organization juries.  An exhibiting artist, her mixed media work toured in Norway, Finland and Estonia and is currently in a traveling book exhibit, The Story Within: A Dialogue Among Artists.

PaintAmerica was established to support and promote the arts, with a goal of providing scholarship opportunities for young artists, while providing a premiere, national showcase for the country’s most notable artists, as well as upcoming emerging artists.

Artists who previously took part in Arts for the Parks will find many similarities with the Paint The Parks competition. The format of the competition asks artists to create artworks that depict any of the country’s 390 National Parks. Artists may enter as many paintings as they wish, with a final judging by a nationally recognized juror panel to choose the Top100 winners – 33 from each of the three National Park regions, plus one Grand Prize winner.

A “mini” competition for works between 80 and 165 square inches is also part of this call to entry. A discounted entry is available for meeting the early deadline of May 1, 2007. The final contest entry deadline is May 31, 2007. Galleries interested in exhibiting the Paint The Parks Top100 should contact PaintAmerica at or visit the website at

Rod Seel