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The 42nd PSA Annual Exhibition: Enduring Brilliance! was held from September 2 – September 27, 2014 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.

180 pastels selected from 1,222 entries were on exhibit in the 42nd PSA Annual Exhibition: Enduring Brilliance! The exhibition jury, consisting of three PSA Signature Members who have achieved Master Pastelist status, selected the entries for the exhibit by means of an online jury process. The jurors were Elaine Augustine, PSA (AL), Aline Ordman, PSA (VT) and Duane Wakeham, PSA (CA).

Marjore Shelly, a distinguished authority on pastels and the Sherman Fairfield conservator in charge, Sherman Fairfield Center for Works on Paper and Photography Conservation, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, juried the selected finalists and chose the recipients of $32,620 in cash and material awards. In doing so, the juror viewed the original works as they are hung in the exhibition gallery. Cash awards include the Founder's Award of $5,000 given by the Flora B. Giffuni Foundation; the Art Spirit Foundation/Dianne B. Bernhard PSA Gold Medal Award of $3,000; the Herman Margulies Award for Excellence of $1,500; the Flora B. and Joseph V. Giffuni Memorial Award of $1,000 given by JoAnn Wellner; the Pastel Society of America Award of $1,000 in memory of Flora B. Giffuni; The National Arts Club award of $1,000; the Pastel Journal Award of $1,000; the President's Award of $1,000 given by Jimmy Wright. Material awards included the Great American Artworks Award valued at $2,100 and three awards for $1,000, $500, and $250 in materials from the Jack Richeson Company. In total, 62 awards are given.

Awards were presented to their recipients at a special awards ceremony, which also recognized the Hall of Fame honoree Rae Smith, PSA, and the Friend of Pastel honorees, Daisy and Joseph Salomon, followed by the annual dinner in the gallery. During these festivities, coveted pastel paintings by signature members Tony Allain, Tom Christopher, Roberta Combs, Jen Evenhus, and Rae Smith 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, workshops, a gallery tour, and displays of the latest pastel materials, 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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