Open to All Artist who are PSA Members.
Deadline For Entries: June 1 (11:59 PST)
Notification of Accepted Work: July 1
The prospectus is available here.
Please read carefully as some eligibility requirements have been updated.
Given that the Covid situation continues to evolve, please look for show updates from us via email and on our website as we move closer to our show dates. We look forward to your participation!
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
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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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.