In 2017 Bill Suys was elected to the Board of Directors of Oil Painters of America as well as Judge for Fine Art Views’ Boldbrush Art Competition, and Awards Jury Panelist for California Plein Air Painters’ Fall Online Showcase. Mr. Suys participated in Door County Plein Air Festival Invitational, the En Plein Air Texas in San Angelo, TX and the Olmsted Plein Air Invitational in Atlanta, GA. He demonstrated animal painting techniques for the artists as well as participating in Maynard Dixon Country Campout invitational, Mt. Carmel, Utah.
Additional Awards Bill won during 2017 include: Finalist – Animal Category of the 12th International Art Renewal Center ARC Salon; both Second Place – Animals and another award in the Portraiture Paint-Off in the 2017 Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition; Second Place in the Richeson International Still Life and Floral Exhibition; as well as participating in the Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition.
His Shows include 2017 Anniversary Group Show at Worrell Gallery in Santa Fe; Group Shows at Edgewood Orchard Gallery in Door County, Wisconsin and ‘A View to the West’ Group Show at Trailside Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ.
Upcoming teaching engagements in 2018 include Scottsdale Artists’ School “Bringing Animals to Life,” January 8-12 and at Plein Air South, May 14-17.
Bill Suys sits on the Board of Directors of Oil Painters of America; is a member of Portrait Society of America and a Painting Ambassador for California Plein Air Painters.
Mr. Suys was featured in “Hit the Professional Trail Running” by Stephen Doherty in Plein Air Magazine, April 2017.