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The 43rd PSA Annual Exhibition: Enduring Brilliance! was held from September 8 – September 26, 2015 at the Grand Gallery, National Arts Club, New York, NY.

2016 Annual Exhibition News

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. This year, the exhibition will be held September 6 – October 1, 2016. The society's annual exhibitions are the premier event for pastel artists in this country and abroad.

Six hundred seventy-five artists submitted a total of 1,496 images. Of those artists, 487 were PSA members and 188 were non-members. Thirty-nine artists entered from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Malaysia, Poland, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

One hundred seventy-five artworks were selected for exhibition. We are pleased to announce that for the first time in PSA history, the entire PSA annual exhibition will be available on this website after the show opens in September 2016. Please stay tuned.

The three jurors of selection were Judith Cutler PSA-MP (NC), Richard McKinley PSA-MP, 2008 HFH (OR), and Jimmy Wright PSA-MP (NY). Jimmy Wright serves as the Exhibition Chair.

The juror of more than $40,000 in awards, Mark D. Mitchell, Holcombe T. Green Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, Yale University Art Gallery, has held curatorial positions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the National Academy Museum, New York; and the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire.

Mark has organized exhibitions of George Inness, Francis Silva, and James Suydam. He is currently curating a landmark survey of still life, Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life. He received his doctorate in American art from Princeton University after completing undergraduate work at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

On September 25, at 4 pm, awards will be presented to their recipients at a special awards ceremony, which also recognizes the Hall of Fame honoree Rhoda Yanow PSA-MP, and the Friend of Pastel honorees, PSA School for Pastels director Maceo Mitchell PSA-MP and PSA donor and patron Bob Strohsahl, manufacturer of Great American Art Works pastels.

The awards ceremony will be followed by the annual dinner in the gallery at 6:30pm. During these festivities, coveted pastel paintings by Signature members will be raffled as prizes to benefit the PSA School. These exceptional artist members, Julie Friedman PSA (NJ), Marcia Holmes PSA (LA), Nancie King-Mertz PSA-MP (IL), Maceo Mitchell PSA-MP (NY), Rhoda Yanow PSA-MP (NJ), donated the five original paintings for the occasion.

It has been a tradition to schedule many accompanying activities during the annual exhibition, including demonstrations, portfolio reviews, workshops, a public gallery tour and reception, reserved educational tours, and a vibrant materials fair, 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 helps promote the finest examples of pastel to the general public, the professional art world, art students, and art collectors.

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