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The 43rd PSA Annual Exhibition: Enduring Brilliance! was held from September 8 – September 26, 2015 at the Grand Gallery, National Arts Club, New York, NY.

A primary mandate of the Pastel Society of America (PSA) is to provide a forum for the exhibition of works by the most accomplished pastel artists in the United States and abroad. The PSA Annual Exhibition: Enduring Brilliance! is held during the month of September in the Grand Gallery of the National Arts Club, a historic mansion located on Gramercy Park, in Manhattan. The society's annual exhibitions are the premier event for pastel artists in this country and abroad.

Six hundred and two artists submitted a total of 1,365 images. Of those artists, 451 were PSA members and 151 were non-members. Of the 183 paintings juried into the exhibition, 20 were by non-members; 163 were by members. Among the award winners, 26 were existing Master Pastelists, 47 were Signature Members (9 of whom became MPs), 16 were Associate Members and 8 were non-members.

The three jurors of selection were Wende Caporale PSA-MP, Alan Flattmann PSA-MP, and Doug Dawson PSA-MP, 2008 HFH. Jimmy Wright, PSA-MP served as the Exhibition Chair.

The juror of $34,000 in awards was Linda Downs, executive director of the College Art Association. She was curator of education at the Detroit Institute of Arts; head of education at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; and director of the Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa. She served on the Getty Education Center’s Discipline-Based Art Education Project and has published on the art of Diego Rivera.

Awards were presented to their recipients at a special awards ceremony, which also recognized the Hall of Fame honoree Bob Gerbracht, PSA-MP, and the Friend of Pastel honorees, international artist Isabelle Lim, PSA and donors Anita and Robert Z. Norman. The awards ceremony was followed by the annual dinner in the gallery. During these festivities, coveted pastel paintings by Signature Members Marla Baggetta, Stephanie Birdsall, Brian Cobble, Helen Kleczynski, and Arlene Richman were raffled as prizes to benefit the PSA School. These exceptional artist members donated the five original paintings for the occasion.

It has been a tradition to schedule many accompanying activities during the annual exhibition, including demonstrations, portfolio reviews, workshops, a public gallery tour and reception, reserved educational tours, and a vibrant materials fair, in addition to the awards ceremony and dinner gala. The exhibition, the culmination of PSA activities for the year, acknowledges the professional excellence of participating artists and helps promote the finest examples of pastel to the general public, the professional art world, art students, and art collectors.

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