The NOVA Open convention invites hobbyists and artists to proudly display their work in Capital Palette, a juried, open-forum award, miniature art competition. The three Divisions - Apprentice, Journeyman and Masterclass - are each judged by their own 3-judge panel of world-renowned miniature artists (identified below). Those panels will award first place crystal awards across the Division's six Categories. Gold, silver, and bronze accomplishment medals are also awarded in a ceremony on Sunday at 2:00pm in the Foundation Lounge.

In an open forum competition, there can be multiple gold, silver, or bronze winners in a category (or no winners), and each submitting artists’ work is individually evaluated and receives the level of award the judges feel their work merits, without regard to the awards given to other pieces in the competition.

Additionally, the judging panel (see below) will select one model in each category as the Best in Category winner. One of the Best in Category finalists will be chosen as the overall Best in Show winner. Convention attendees will select a Fan Favorite from among all submissions.

APPRENTICE JUDGE PANEL - Wes Cogdal, David Jenson, Alex Goode

JOURNEYMAN JUDGE PANEL - Dave Taylor, Marc Raley, Jeff Jenkins

MASTERCLASS JUDGE PANEL - Matt DiPietro, Sam Lenz, Caleb Wissenback

If you have any questions about the competition, please take a look at the primer or email