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2018 PSA Annual Exhibition Calendar

2018 Annual Exhibition News

46th PSA Annual Exhibition: Enduring Brilliance!
Sept. 4 – Sept. 29, 2018

March 14, Wednesday: Prospectus Available Online

June 11, Monday, Midnight, PST: Online Entry Deadline

Week of June 25: Notification of Admission

August 27: Receiving

September 4: Opens to Public

September 21: Gallery Tour and Reception

September 22: Materials Fair

September 23: Awards Ceremony & Dinner

September 24 – 26 Pastel Workshop

September 29: Demonstration & Pick Up

September 30: Final Pick Up

A primary mandate of the Pastel Society of America (PSA) is to provide a forum for the exhibition of works by the most accomplished pastel artists in the United States and abroad. Since 1972, the PSA Annual Exhibition: Enduring Brilliance! has been held during the month of September in the Grand Gallery of the National Arts Club, a historic mansion located on Gramercy Park, in Manhattan. The 46th PSA Annual Exhibition will be held September 4 – September 29, 2018. The society's annual exhibitions are the premier event for pastel artists worldwide.

The three jurors of selection are Rainie Crawford PSA-MP, HFH (CT), Colette Odya Smith PSA-MP (WI), and Jimmy Wright PSA-MP (NY). Jimmy Wright serves as exhibition chair.

The juror of $40,000 in cash and material awards is Calvin Brown, associate curator of prints and drawings at Princeton University Art Museum. Brown holds degrees from Cooper Union and Yale University in studio art and brings with him an extensive background as a practicing artist and printmaker, as well as more than 35 years of experience in museum print and drawing rooms. His specialty is modern and contemporary prints and drawings.

The entire PSA annual exhibition will be available in September on this website as a slideshow.

On September 23, at 4 pm, the awards will be presented to their recipients at a special awards ceremony—Hall of Fame honoree Diana DeSantis PSA-MP, and Friend of Pastel honorees, Claire V. Paisner PSA, former PSA governor, and Pastelagram editor; and Pierre-Yann Guidetti, co-founder and CEO of Savoir-Faire and a constant and generous supporter of PSA.

The awards ceremony will be followed by the annual dinner in the gallery at 6:30pm. During these festivities, five coveted pastel paintings by Signature members will be raffled as prizes to benefit the PSA School.

It is the tradition to schedule many accompanying activities during the annual exhibition, including a public gallery tour and reception, demonstrations, a vibrant materials fair, portfolio reviews, workshops, and reserved educational tours, in addition to the awards ceremony and dinner gala. The exhibition, the culmination of PSA activities for the year, acknowledges the professional excellence of participating artists and promotes the finest examples of pastel to the general public, the professional art world, art students, and art collectors.

To see the Raffle Paintings for the Annual Exhibition, click here.

Click here for It’s A Wrap: A Summary of the 2017 Annual Exhibition

Slide Show of the 2016 Annual Exhibition

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