The NOVA Open invites hobbyists and artists to proudly display their work in its Capital Palette, a juried, open forum award miniature art competition. The Capital Palette began in 2013 and has grown to become a recognized force for promoting the excellent artistic endeavors of miniature gamers every. A Crystal Brush qualifier, the NOVA Open and its remarkably talented judges encourage everyone to bring and display their best work - take a chance on bringing home a Capital Palette Monument, any of three medals or finalist awards!

A 3-judge panel will award gold, silver, and bronze accomplishment awards for 6 divisional categories based on the criteria listed in the primer. In an open forum competition, there can be multiple gold, silver, or bronze winners in a category (or no winners), and each exhibitor's work is individually evaluated and receives the level of award the judges feel that their work merits, without regard to the awards given to other pieces in the exhibition. Finalist awards are also awarded. Modelers can thus judge the progress of their work from show to show, without worrying about what other modelers may create.

Additionally, the panel will select one model in each category as the Best in Category winner, and one of the Best in Category finalists as the overall Best in Show winner. Convention attendees will select a Fan Favorite from among all submissions that have earned Final Round standing on the last day of the NOVA Open.

2017 entries can be found in our Flickr album titled, 2017 Capital Palette.