2021 Prospectus

2021 Prospectus

Open to All Artist who are PSA Members.

You can still apply for membership by April 12, 2021 here. Once you have been accepted and your membership is paid in full, you can enter the exhibition at showsubmit.

The prospectus is available here. Please read carefully as some eligibility requirements have been updated. 

PSA Academy

PSA Academy


The PSA Academy is a new education program providing artists the opportunity to study and be mentored by an artist instructor for an extended period of time. Virtual access has allowed us to come together worldwide to share an in-depth art experience.

View the PSA School for Pastel catalog here.

PSA Annual Live Demonstration by Corey Pitkin PSA

PSA Annual Live Demonstration by Corey Pitkin PSA

A member of the new generation of pastel artists, Corey Pitkin PSA is predominantly a self-taught artist whose work transcends the practice of observational painting from life. Pitkin’s work is an exploration of ephemeral beauty expressed simply and genuinely. Using muted colors complimented with subtle edge work, his pieces shift and glimmer yet maintain their precision. His subjects are memories that slip away when you try to hold onto them for more than a moment.

Pitkin’s award-winning work has been featured in The Pastel Journal, Art Renewal Center, Portrait Society of America, and International Artist magazine, and is held in collections across the world. Pitkin teaches frequently in his local art community and regularly travels for workshops. He currently resides in upstate New York with his wife Esther and children Anastasia and Xavier.



Exploring Expressionism and Abstraction Halla Shafey PSA, PS

Exploring Expressionism and Abstraction Halla Shafey PSA, PS

September 25-27, 2020

ZOOM daily 10:00AM – 2:30PM EST

Very often, artists find themselves stuck and unable to move forward—and completely dependent on creating art through copying reference photos. Trapped in this comfort zone, some artists want—but are unable—to free their art to explore new modes of expression. The purpose of this workshop is to demonstrate and explore alternative and exciting ways of creating with pastels more bold, expressive, and abstracted art that taps into our imagination and visual memories. Artists will hopefully take with them a renewed confidence and excitement to approach art-making differently, experiment and become empowered to take more risks, and tap further into their imaginations!
Maximum number of participants: 12

Day 1
10:00AM – 10:30AM: Welcome and Introduction

10:30AM – 12:00PM: Expressionism and Abstraction:
Exploring great works by contemporary artists (various media) from all over the world with an interactive analysis and discussion of the primary elements of masterful composition in abstracted art—line, shape, color, value/texture, notan.

12:00PM – 12:30PM: Break

12:30PM – 2:30PM: Continuation of morning session with focus on secondary elements of composition in abstracted art with examples from contemporary art
*Movement and dynamism
*Pattern, rhythm, and repetition
*Balance and equilibrium
*Unity and harmony
*Dominance and emphasis
*Contrast and opposition
*Variation and gradation
*Space, plane division, and depth

Day 2
10:00AM – 11:00AM: Demo on how to create an abstracted still life without reference photos or still life set-up.

11:00AM – 12:30PM: Artists paint their own abstracted still life (1 or more) based on Day 1 inspiration plus demo.

12:30PM – 1:00PM: Break.

1:00PM – 2:30PM: Group discussion and critique of paintings with suggestions of how to move forward.

Day 3
10:00AM – 11:00AM: Demo on how to create an abstracted landscape from childhood memories/ imagination.

11:00AM – 12:30PM: Artists paint their own abstracted landscape (1 or more) based on Day 1 inspiration plus demo.

12:30PM – 1:00PM: Break.

1:00PM – 2:30PM: Group discussion and critique of paintings with suggestions on how to move forward.

Artists will require the usual set of materials needed for PSA workshops plus water colors or acrylic paints for underpaintings. Paper of your choice not to exceed 40 x 40 cm.

Cost for this four-day workshop:
$350 for PSA members
$385 for non-members


Enduring Brilliance! Exhibition ONLINE

Enduring Brilliance! Exhibition ONLINE

For the first time in its 48-year history, Pastel Society of America’s Annual Exhibition 2020 will be held online. It will not have a physical presence in the Grand Gallery of the National Arts Club (NAC). The Gallery of the NAC, where the exhibition has been held for all of PSA’s history, is understandably closed to the public until further notice.

All $40,000 in awards will be distributed as planned with selections made by our esteemed awards juror Marjorie Shelley, Metropolitan Museum of Art conservator and pastel expert. New awards totaling $5000 have been given anonymously by a first-time donor.

Our popular gallery events – the gallery walk-through and reception, Materials Fair, and Annual Dinner – are all canceled at this point, but we are currently in the planning stages for online events. Announcements with more information will be forthcoming.

We ask for your understanding during this very difficult time. It’s up to all of us to slow the spread of COVID-19. Everyone, including young and healthy people, should avoid large gatherings. Stay up-to-date with public health guidelines from the CDC. And, look forward to more PSA communications about online activities.

The prospectus for The Pastel Society of America 48th Annual
Exhibition Enduring Brilliance! 2020
has been updated on ShowSubmit and the PSA website.
See the updated prospectus by clicking on these links.

Prospectus on PSA website          Prospectus on ShowSubmit

Master Pastelist Gallery Submissions

Master Pastelist Gallery Submissions

Master Pastelist Gallery Submissions

We are updating the Master Pastelist Gallery on the PSA website. If you are a Master Pastelist and would like to be included, please email the information below to

• Include 3 images. Images should be 300 dpi resolution with the longest side 1200 pixels.

• Files should be saved as last name_first initial_title. Example:   Wright_J_Sunflowers.jpg

• Include a short bio of approximately 200 words.

• Include your website link.

We hope to update the Master Gallery as often as possible, but please be patient — we have more than 140 Master Pastelists!

Email the above information to:


PSA at the Butler

PSA at the Butler

This exhibition features works by some of the nation’s premier pastel painters drawn from the society’s Annual Exhibition, held at The National Arts Club, in New York City.

Butler Institute Hours

Tuesday – Saturday 11 AM – 4 PM
Sunday noon – 4 PM
The Butler Institute of American Art