- Open to all PSA members who have an up-to-date membership. Apply for membership by April 10, 2023 to be eligible to submit paintings to the exhibition.
- The PSA Annual must be the first showing of each artwork. Paintings may not have been accepted in any previous major exhibition and should not have been published either in print or digitally before the PSA opening. Accepted artwork may not be exhibited concurrently in other shows, including virtual shows. (This rule does not refer to posting the work online in social media posts, artist blogs, artist webpages, or commercial art gallery websites representing the artist.)
- Works must be in dry pastel. No oil pastels. Mixed media must be predominantly dry pastel.
- Artwork’s final surface must be 80% traditional dry pastel.
- Work must be original and from your own reference, not copied from other artists or published materials.
- 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, workshop, or in an online group scenario is not eligible.
- All artwork must be originally drawn and not created on top of any type of photographic image.
- There are no size limitations for this exhibition.
- All subjects and styles are eligible, from traditional to contemporary.
- Artwork must have been created in the past four years.
- Artwork must be for sale. No NFS or POR.
As a result, all award payments will be paid directly to the artist through their individual PayPal account. No award payments will be made to second-party accounts.
- PSA members: flat fee of $50 for one, two, or three entries.
- Entry fee is non-refundable.
Jurors and Judge
Judge of Awards
Jurors of Selection
New Orleans artist Sandra Burshell, a PSA Master Pastelist and IAPS Eminent Pastelist, creates figurative and interior pastels. Her moody, atmospheric pastels have been featured in Pratique Des Arts’ Special Pastel Issue: “La Figure Dans Tous Ses Etats", Pastel Journal Magazine: "The Romantic Space,” Pastel Artist International: "Ambience You Can Cut with a Knife", Artist’s Magazine: "Creating Movement with Light", and American Artist Magazine: "Picturing What People Leave Behind". Represented by Carol Robinson Gallery, New Orleans, LA since 1999, she was one of 13 female U.S. pastel artists invited to “Pastels of the World”, Bourbonnais, France, 2022. Sandra founded the New Orleans Drawing Group (2005), live figure sessions, now in Zoom format.
A native of upstate New York, Susan M. Story works in the landscape that inspired the Hudson Valley School. A Signature Master Pastelist, Story serves on the PSA Board of Governors and has IAPS Master Circle status. She is a juried member of the Salmagundi Club and other prestigious art organizations. Story has been featured in Pratique des Arts magazine, Pastel Journal and the book Pure Pastel: Contemporary Works by Today's Top Artists by Anne Hevener. Her recent honors include: Grand Prize, Horace Champagne from the PSEC; Art Spirit Foundation Gold Medal, 138th Salmagundi Club's Members Exhibit; PSC’s President's Award at the PSA Annual; and the IAPS Award for Excellence Online MC Exhibit.
Past Award Jurors of Distinction
Additional Notification Information
Notifications will be emailed by the end of the day on July 7, 2023. We cannot respond to inquiries regarding the status of notifications before then.
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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 (June 1, 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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