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

Membership Application Update

Starting January 1, 2020, individuals may apply for Associate or Signature membership status one time only per year. Multiple applications during a 12-month period will not be considered by the membership committee.

In the Mail

In the Mail

Proxies for the election of the 2020 Class One Board of Governors, along with membership invoices for yearly dues, are now in the mail to all 1,320 current members of the Pastel Society of America. Once more, the Board of Governors has extended voting privileges to Associate members. We appreciate and encourage the participation of the entire society in choosing its leadership.

All Governors are volunteers who generously contribute their time, skills, and funds in support and promotion of artists who work in soft pastel.

Your modest membership payment supports the society’s essential expenses, such as rent for facilities at The National Arts Club, the salary for our partime administrator, and the office administrative expenses for the Annual Exhibition and for education programs.

When your dues payment is processed, each member in good standing is automatically added to the website’s public record of official PSA membership. Don’t lose your place on the members roll of America’s oldest pastel society.

Farewell and Welcome

Farewell and Welcome

After 11 years of dedicated service, Leslie Lillien Levy PSA-MP (left) has resigned from the PSA Board of Governors to devote more time in her home community of Kent, Connecticut, to a family experiencing an emergency humanitarian crisis. Leslie writes, “My involvement with this family, as well as my heavy participation in local, state, and national politics prompted me to reexamine and rank my priorities. During the 11 years I have been on the board, I have had some of the most rewarding experiences in my life. You’re all my family, and it is a difficult decision to leave the nest. I plan to continue painting and will help my replacement with the transition.”

During her tenure, Leslie served on the board’s executive committee as corresponding secretary. In addition to organizing receiving at the PSA Annual, Leslie utilized her managerial experience in national network advertising to apply a professional approach to PSA’s communications. One of Leslie’s initiatives was the creation of the PSA eblast program.

As PSA president, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Signature member Kristin Divers to the PSA Board of Governors. Kristin will fill the Class 2 seat vacated by Leslie Levy before the end of the current term. Kristin’s vision of community building as life-long vocation makes her a natural to take on the society’s communications program, including eblasts, as the first of her board responsibilities.

Kristin’s formal education was in studio art and art therapy. Over the years, she took (or taught) an occasional art class, mostly in drawing technique. In 2000, she took her first pastel class. She was hooked, and started to focus studio time on pastel work. She has sporadically taken workshops around the eastern US from contemporary pastel artists she admires, focusing on growing her mastery of this wonderful medium. She lives in Pittsburgh, but spends significant time in New York City.

Thank you Leslie for the many years of innovative, unselfish, and enthusiastic service to PSA. We extend a hearty welcome to Kristin as she begins her tenure on the PSA Board of Governors.

47th Annual Enduring Brilliance! Exhibition

47th Annual Enduring Brilliance! Exhibition

15 Gramercy Park South, NY, NY

Friday, September 20
Gallery Tour & Reception 6-8 pm
Commentator: Richard McKinley PSA-MP, HFH
Open to public — free of charge

Saturday, September 21
Materials Fair 10am – 4 pm

Portfolio Reviews 11 am – 1 pm

Sunday, September 22
Awards Ceremony 4 pm

Annual Dinner and Raffle Drawing 6:30 pm

Saturday, September 28
Weekend Demonstration
Deborah Quinn-Munson PSA 1-3:30 pm
Free of charge

Click here to view the slideshow and awards.

2019 PSA Raffle

2019 PSA Raffle

The PSA Raffle benefits the PSA School for Pastels at the National Arts Club.

Book of six tickets $25
2 Books $40

PSA members will receive raffle books in the mail. Tickets are available to the public at the exhibition and by contacting the PSA office by email or phone.

Winning entries will be drawn at the Annual Dinner.

View the paintings and read the bios here.


Collectors Purchase Program

Collectors Purchase Program

The Collectors Purchase Program is unique to Pastel Society of America.

When artists submit their paintings for the Annual Exhibition, they may choose to participate in the Collectors Purchase Program with works priced at $1,000 and above. If an artist’s  painting is selected by a collector, she receives a flat fee of $1,000. Collectors agree to donate $1,000 in advance for artworks of their choice among those designated. Both artists and collectors benefit. PSA asks no commission from the artists; collectors may be able to purchase paintings often priced higher than $1,000.

The 2018 Collectors Purchase Program bought the works of Lyn Asselta, Sandra Burshell, Roberta Condon, Adrian Giuliani, Ray Hassard, Cristine Kossow, Maryann Mullett, Renee Mullis, and Anna Wainright.

PSA actively seeks new collectors to join the program. If you are interested in becoming a collector or would like more information, contact Arlene Thek at