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2018 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. The 45th PSA Annual Exhibition was held held September 5 – September 30, 2017. The society's annual exhibitions are the premier event for pastel artists in this country and abroad.

Five hundred seventy-five artists submitted a total of 1,297 images. Of those artists, 452 were PSA members and 123 were non-members.

One hundred seventy-seven artworks were selected for exhibition. Included in the exhibition were works by artists from Bolivia, Canada, P.R. China, Finland, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Nigeria, and Taiwan.

The three jurors of selection were Gwenneth Barth-White PSA-MP (FL), Robert Carsten PSA-MP (VT), and Jimmy Wright PSA-MP (NY), the exhibition chair.

The entire PSA annual exhibition is available on this website as a slideshow.

To see the slide show of the complete 45th Annual Exhibition, click here.

The juror of more than $41,000 in cash and material awards was Charlotta Kotik former curator of contemporary art at the Brooklyn Museum. She moved to the United States from Prague in 1970 to work at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo. Charlotta assumed a position in the Prints and Drawing Department of the Brooklyn Museum in 1983, and in 1985 she became chairman of the newly established Department of Contemporary Art, a position she held until 2007. In 1993, she was the US commissioner for the Venice Biennale.

On September 25, at 4 pm, the awards were presented to their recipients at a special awards ceremony. Also recognized were Hall of Fame honoree Rainie Crawford PSA-MP and Friend of Pastel honorees, Signature member Suzanne Young, former PSA governor and PSA School for Pastels instructor for 17 years, and Jamie Markle, former vice-president and group publisher for F+W Media, Inc., in Cincinnati, Ohio. As a publishing executive, Jamie has continued to champion pastel as a major art medium through his oversight of Pastel Journal and The Artist’s Magazine.

The awards ceremony was followed by the annual dinner in the gallery at 6:30pm. During these festivities, coveted pastel paintings by Signature members were raffled as prizes to benefit the PSA School. These exceptional artist members, Lyn Asselta PSA, Mike Beeman PSA, Rainie Crawford PSA-MP, HFH, Casey Klahn PSA, and Susan M. Story PSA-MP, donated the five original paintings for the occasion.

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 helps promote 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.

Slide Show of the 2016 Annual Exhibition

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