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International Association of Pastel Societies
International Association of Pastel Societies

42nd Open Division

Deadline was February 15th
Art by Sylvie  Poirson
Art by Sylvie Poirson

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Deadline for entry was February 15, 2023

The 42nd Open Division of the Spring Exhibition will be exhibited on the IAPS Website, This is an online exhibition only and no work will be shipped.


  • Best in Show - $2,000
  • First Place in Honor of Urania Christy Tarbet - $1000
  • Second Place in Honor of Maggie Price - $600
  • Third Place - $400 
  • four Awards of Merit - $200 each


Open to artists who have an up-to-date membership with an IAPS member society EXCEPT ARTISTS WHO HAVE ACHIEVED IAPS MASTER CIRCLE STATUS. THESE ARTISTS PLEASE ENTER THE 10th MASTER CIRCLE DIVISION. Upon acceptance artists will be required to show proof of membership (membership card, cancelled check, or email from society president). A current list of IAPS member societies can be viewed at

Eligible Work

Please read carefully to make sure your work meets the following entry requirements.

  • Works must be in dry pastel. No oil pastels. Mixed media must be predominantly dry pastel. 
  • Work must be original, not copied from other artists or published materials and from your own reference. Any reference provided by an instructor is not eligible, including an instructor- provided photo, still life setup or model setup. 
  • Work that was done in a classroom or workshop scenario is ineligible. 
  • All artwork must be originally drawn and not created on top of any type of photographic image. 
  • All work must have been created within the last two years. 
  • Paintings of nudes will be considered for acceptance. 
  • Artwork sent to the show must be exactly the same piece as the photo submitted. 
  • Work may not have been accepted in any previous IAPS Exhibitions. This does not include IAPS Member Society shows (see details below). 
  • Work may be for sale. NFS is acceptable. 
Failure to meet any of the requirements for eligibility may result in the artwork not being juried. 
These are things that we ask you to consider, which the jurors will be aware of when they are choosing paintings for a show:

  • The top layer of the painting should be at least 80% dry application of pastel.
  • If the outcome of the piece has been significantly and unduly influenced by another artist’s work, the jurors may consider the piece to be ineligible.
  • Works that appear to duplicate a painting previously accepted into an IAPS show may be ineligible.
  • In its pursuit of exhibitions of international excellence and distinction, IAPS encourages artists to enter new and fresh paintings. We recommend that you submit work that has not been included in a national show during the last 12 months, and has not won an award in any previous exhibition. We suggest that you not submit your entries into shows that will be running concurrently. 

IAPS Master Circle and IAPS Eminent Pastelist

Acceptance into this exhibition earns 1 point; an award earns an additional point. For information about the IAPS Master Circle, Eminent Pastelist, or the IAPS Code of Ethics, please see the IAPS Honors page on the IAPS web site,

Entry Fee

The entry fee is $35.00 for the first image and $10.00 for each additional image. Up to 5 images may be submitted by an individual artist. Entry fees are not refundable and must be paid by the entry deadline.


Up to 5 entries may be submitted, no more than one per artist will be accepted for the exhibition. All artists will receive notification by email after jurying is complete. Please add [email protected] to your safe senders list to ensure email delivery. 

Entry procedures for artists outside the United States

Use the same entry procedures listed above. All payments are in USD.


Sales are the responsibility of the artist. A 30% donation to IAPS will be accepted on all sales through the Website. 


If you have questions about the online entry system, contact [email protected]. For any other questions, please send email to Susan Weber at [email protected].

Additional Notification Information

Notifications will be emailed by the end of the day on March 28, 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. Hamby_D_BeautifulDay.jpg

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 (February 15, 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.


For questions about the entry process or this website please contact ShowSubmit Support at [email protected]. We will get back to you between 9am and 6pm Eastern Time, Monday to Friday. You can also view the Support Center, Entry Guide, or our FAQ.