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About The Pastel Society of America

Flora B. Giffuni
by Joe Hing Lowe, PSA
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 society's annual exhibitions at The National Arts Club in New York are the premier event for pastel artists in this country and abroad. PSA encourages artistic advancement through prestigious awards distributed during its annual exhibitions.  Pastelists showing technical acumen and creative use of pastel techniques are awarded prizes for their achievements.  Members winning three cumulative awards are named PSA Master Pastelists.  Each year one noted artist is elected into PSA's Hall of Fame.  

In recent years, PSA has been honored guests in exhibitions in Italy, France, Russia and China.

Workshops and classes
Award-winning artists instruct workshops and classes throughout the year.  The school instructors are noted for their one-on-one rapport with students at all levels.  To view the schedule for classes and workshops, please click here.

The Pastel Society of America produces two publications, the magazine Pastelagram, and the Catalog of the Annual show. To view PSA's publications please click here for more information.

Supporting and helping pastel societies is an integral part of PSA's mission as well.  Flora B. Giffuni was directly involved in the creation of more than 30 regional pastel societies in the United States.  

The Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown Ohio
In 2004 the Flora B.Giffuni Gallery of American Pastels was established at The Butler Institute, thanks to the generosity of Mrs. Giffuni. It is the only museum gallery in the U.S. devoted exclusively to works in the pastel medium, and its creation was a lifelong "dream come true" of the late Mrs. Giffuni. The gallery offers exhibitions of accomplished pastel artists, group shows from the Pastel Society of America, as well as the display of works from the Butler's prestigious collection .

At the 2004 opening of the Gallery, Dr. Louis A. Zona, Executive Director said,
If the world of art had such designations Flora Giffuni would be deemed the ‘Patron Saint of Pastels.' I say that, not just because of her founding of the Pastel Society of America and other good works on behalf of the medium and practitioners of the medium, but also because of her other mission which is to give the art of pastel the kind of recognition and honor that it deserves. She has been tireless in her efforts to promote and to educate, demonstrating a missionary-like zeal as she works to raise the art of the American pastel to greater levels of recognition."

Please click here for the Butler Museum Exhibition

Our Aims  
To set standards of excellence and to encourage the use of pastel.
To establish pastel as a separate category in major art exhibitions.
To focus attention on the renaissance of pastel and to educate the public regarding the permanence and beauty of the  medium.
To offer workshops, critiques, classes, demonstrations and scholarships as part of our educational program.
To offer a vehicle of communication for the exchange of news and ideas through our website and our publications: Pastelagram , PSA Exhibition Catalogue and ebalsts.
To hold members' shows at prominent galleries and museums.
To culminate the year's activities with a national annual juried exhibition open to members and non-members.
To honor each year a pastelist of exceptional accomplishment, with election to the Pastel Society of America Hall of Fame.
To select each year a friend of pastel whose activities have generated public awareness of the medium
To unite outstanding pastelists through membership in the society.

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