On behalf of the Board of Governors of the Pastel Society of America (PSA), I want to wish you a Happy New Year. Join me in welcoming 2022 with gratitude that the Pastel Society of America, on the 50th anniversary of its founding, continues to thrive and grow as a community of talented artists dedicated to capturing the reflections of the world with the magical power of pastel. As we have faced challenges brought about by the global health pandemic, it is appropriate that Nadine McClusky’s timely tribute to
America’s healthcare workers received the 49th Annual’s $5,000 Founders Award given by the Flora B. Giffuni Foundation.
We enter the new year with confidence in the society’s commitment and ability to serve pastel artists, their public, and the artistic community through education, example, and activism for the medium.
We want to offer special thanks to those who donate generously to support PSA education and exhibition programs:
Thank you to those who donated $1,000 or more to support the PSA School and the Annual Exhibition: JoAnn Wellner and the Giffuni Foundation, Dianne B. Bernhard and the Art Spirit Foundation, Duane Wakeham and Richard Sutherland, Cris Kossow, Arlene Thek, Nancy Komick, Richard McKinley, Miriam and Steve Sosnick, Barbara Genco, Pat and Bob Suggs, Brenda Tribush, and Jimmy Wright.
A special note of appreciation goes to the anonymous donor funding two generous new awards celebrating the uniqueness of pastel and supporting the next generation of pastel artists.
PSA received a generous unrestricted $1500 from the Helena Segy Foundation.
We have grown immensely in our 50 years as a society:
PSA has an active membership of 1330 artists residing in the United States and 33 foreign countries.
The society’s Facebook Group page has an active membership of 7,700 pastel artists worldwide.
PSA continues its famed education program utilizing virtual online platforms, unrestricted by geographical boundaries, to feature studio classes taught by professional artists.
Each month members and friends receive Constant Contact themed exhibitions featuring curated art selected within each membership level.
Once a year, the society’s full-color print magazine Pastelagram
is distributed exclusively to the membership.
The crown jewel in the society’s programming is the Annual Exhibition showcasing an international survey of the best in pastel.
In 2021, 49th Annual Exhibition Award Juror Emily A. Beeny, Ph.D., Curator in Charge of European Painting, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, distributed over $40,000 in cash and material awards.
In 2022, September 6 – October 1, the juried 50th Annual Exhibition will return to the newly renovated galleries of The National Arts Club after a two-year hiatus as a virtual-only exhibition, because of the pandemic.
PSA was founded in 1972 by Flora B. Guffini, a pastel artist and art historian. Flora was also an exhibition committee member of The National Arts Club. The NAC has been the home of the PSA since its founding. In a coincidence, in 1914, PSA’s historic predecessor, The Pastelists, had installed its final exhibition in The National Arts Club’s Grand Gallery.
Ms Guffini was the recipient of numerous distinguished awards, including the Medal of Honor from the Salmagundi Club, New York City, in the spring of 2009.
In 2004 Ms. Guffini’s patronage enabled the establishment of a research center and The Flora B. Guffini Gallery of American Pastels at The Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio.
Let’s welcome 2022 as a celebratory year of the Pastel Society of America’s 50th year as an American cultural institution dedicated to artists using the medium of pastel.
Jimmy Wright PSA-MP
President, Pastel Society of America