October 2013 – The Pastel Society of America

Ooooh I have good news!! Last month I applied for membership with the Pastel Society of America. The application process required the submission of a CV and 5 digital images of recent work. Each submission went before a jury panel. I submitted 5 pieces from my “Commonplace Beauty” exhibition.

I’m excited to say that my application was successful and I have been juried in as an Associate Member! This is the first pastel association for which I have been awarded a membership. I’m hoping to apply as a “Signature Member” in due course and maybe perhaps also seek memberships with some other well known organizations… one step up the ladder 🙂

Founded in 1972 by Flora B. Giffuni, The Pastel Society of America (PSA) – the oldest pastel society in America – is largely responsible for the current renaissance of pastels in American art.

The Pastel Society of America is a professional association. The aims of the Society are as follows: To set standards of excellence and to encourage the use of pastel. To unite outstanding pastelists through membership in the society. To establish separate pastel categories in major art exhibitions, with jurors qualified to evaluate pastels and prizes commensurate with the quality of work. To focus attention on the renaissance of pastel and educate the public regarding the permanence and beauty of the medium. To offer workshops and demonstrations as part of an educational program.

– http://www.pastelsocietyofamerica.org