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Work must have been completed within the past three years and must be original. It can be neither copied from works or photographs by others, nor done in a classroom, workshop, or under the supervision of an instructor.
Work cannot be exhibited in any other national or international open juried pastel show concurrently, whether online or in person. Work CANNOT have won any award in a national or international open juried pastel show by the submission deadline for Renaissance in Pastel. Work may not have been exhibited in a previous CPS show. Work may be submitted if it has won an award in a multimedia exhibit. Work that has won an award in a pastel society members show other than CPS is eligible for entry.
Size limit is 40 inches in either direction, including frame. Artwork must be securely and professionally framed under glass or plexiglass and be ready to hang with screw eyes and wire, no sawtooth hangers. If not secure the piece will not hang.
Entry and Fees
Entry fees must be paid online by credit card at time of submission, and are non-refundable.
$30 for 1 image, $35 for 2 images, $40 for 3 digital images. 2023 dues must be paid.
$40 for 1 image, $45 for 2 images, $50 for 3 digital images.
Delivering Your Work
Shipped work must arrive to the shipper between September 13 - 21. There will be a $30.00 shipping & handling fee. Detailed shipping instructions will be attached to your acceptance email.
Sales and Removal
Jury of Selection
CPS Founders Award $1,000
CPS Presidents Award $800
Dianne B. Bernhard Award $750
CPS Honor Award $500
Board of Directors Award $500.00
Philip Danylik Memorial Award $250.00
Pastel Society of America Award $200
Pastel Society of the West Coast Award $200
Allied Artists of America Award $150
Central Massachusetts Pastel Society $150
Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod Award $150
Salmagundi Club Award $150
Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club Award $150
Maryland Pastel Society Award $100
Madison Art Society Award $100
Pastel Society of Maine Award $100
Pastel Society of New Jersey $100.00
Pastel Society of New Hampshire Award $100
The CT Pastel Society typically distributes awards for the Renaissance Show totaling approximately $9,000 in cash and merchandise. This list of 2023 awards is not final. It will be revised as vendors who normally support CPS confirm their participation, and the final list will appear in the show catalogue.
A note to international artists
For CASH AWARDS, International Artists must accept payment by PayPal only.
Connecticut Pastel Society Officers
For information, contact:
Additional Notification Information
Notifications will be emailed by the end of the day on August 22, 2023. We cannot respond to inquiries regarding the status of notifications before then.
Please add [email protected] to your email safe senders list.
After notifications are sent, you may view the status of your entry in your ShowSubmit artist account’s Entry History. Accepted works will be notated by a green check.
If you do not receive your email, you may also view your notification letter using the View Notification link in your Entry History.Note: Entries made prior to 2023 may not display the View Notification link.
Image and Filename Specifications
- You do not need to resize or rename your image files.
- Submit your original JPEG image files.
- Crop out all parts of the photo that are not the actual work; do not show mat, frame, etc, only the work itself.
- Image files are automatically resized to 300 dpi and 1200 pixels on the longest edge.
- Image files are automatically renamed using your last name, first initial and the title of the work. e.g.
Image and Filename Specifications
ShowSubmit will handle the file resizing and naming based on the show specifications. You do not need to resize or rename your image files.
If you have already resized your images, or if you prefer to resize your images yourself, ShowSubmit will not resize the image if it meets the exact show specifications.
If your images are smaller than the required size, ShowSubmit cannot 'upsize' your images. They will be saved as is.
All images must be high quality jpeg (jpg) image files. Set your camera to the highest possible quality image, use good lighting on your painting without any glass in front of it, and use a tripod for your camera. Once the photo is taken, you must crop out all parts of the photo that are not the actual painting; do not show mat, frame, etc, only the painting itself.
The maximum upload file size limit is 20mb. Large image files may take longer to process and upload.
Additional Entry Information
- You will pay for your entry by credit or debit card using our secure checkout system.
- After your entry is submitted and paid for, you may log back in to review your entry, edit artist and image information, and add or substitute images up until the entry deadline (July 28, 2023.)
- Entry fees are not refundable and must be submitted and paid by the entry deadline.
- Entries cannot be accepted or changed after the deadline. Incomplete entries will be disqualified.
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