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CPSConnecticut Pastel Society
Renaissance in Pastel 25th Annual National Exhibition

deadline: August 8, 2018
NOAANew Orleans Art Association
2018 National Art Show
New Orleans, LA

deadline: August 10, 2018
DPSDegas Pastel Society
17th Biennial National Exhibition
Hammond, LA

deadline: August 12, 2018
CPPChicago Pastel Painters
Strokin' VII
7th Biennial Juried Member Exhibition
Palos Park, IL

deadline: August 15, 2018
PSSTPastel Society of Southeast Texas
2018 Member Exhibition
Houston, TX

deadline: August 15, 2018
Academy 5th Annual Regional Juried Exhibition
Spencertown, NY

deadline: August 22, 2018
NAWANational Asociation of Women Artists
Big Action in Small Spaces

deadline: August 28, 2018
PSNHPastel Society of New Hampshire
It's Pastel 10th Annual National Exhibition
Portsmouth, NH
deadline: September 2, 2018
NAWANational Asociation of Women Artists
Art of the Story

deadline: September 2, 2018
CLWACCatharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club
122nd Annual National Exhibition
New York, NY

deadline: October 1, 2018

Welcome to Entry for

Chicago Pastel Painters
Strokin' VII! Seventh Biennial Member Juried Exhibition

CPP October 8 - November 2, 2018
McCord Gallery and Cultural Center
9602 West Creek Road
Palos Park, Illinois 60464

Judge of Selection: Dan Addington, Owner of Addington Gallery. Dan Addington is an artist and gallery owner who has lived and worked in Chicago since 1992, mainly as a curator and art dealer for twenty years.

Judge of Awards:Eleanor Spiess-Ferris, Chicago-based artist, teacher, and an influential part of the Chicago Art scene.

Get the complete Prospectus here.

Dates at a glance

Entries: Online entries only

Entry deadline August 15, 2018, midnight CDT (link below)
The information you will be required to submit is similar to that required on previous entry forms. You may pay for your entry by credit card or a PayPal account, using our secure checkout system through PayPal.

Open to all current members of the Chicago Pastel Painters. To become a member or renew, visit CPP’s website,

Work Eligible

Image Specifications

Prepare your images using these specifications BEFORE you start the entry process!

For guidance on how to prepare your images, use these
Step-by-Step Image Preparation Tutorials by Christine Ivers, PSA
iPhotov 11   Read pdf (2.1 Mb)
Photoshopv CS6   Read pdf (2.6 Mb)
PS Elementsv 12   Read pdf (2.1 Mb)
Picasav 3.9   Read pdf (1.9 Mb)

Filename Instructions

Fee Structure

Accepted Work: Notification, Receiving, Shipping


Removal of Work


All reasonable care will be taken with paintings and submissions. However, the Chicago Pastel Painters, its officers or volunteers, and the McCord Gallery and Cultural Center, its officers or volunteers, will not be responsible for loss or damage. CPP suggests that participants carry separate insurance for loss or damage in transit. CPP reserves the right to reproduce accepted artwork for publicity purposes. All accepted work (no substitutes) must be delivered or shipped as specified in this prospectus. If accepted work is not available for the exhibition or for the entire time of the exhibition, the artist may be prohibited from exhibiting in future CPP shows. Artist will release the Chicago Pastel Painters and the McCord Gallery and Cultural Center from any liability by entering this exhibition.

I have read the Liability Agreement and accept its condition.
You must accept this condition to continue.

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Chicago Pastel Painters
Strokin' VII! Seventh Biennial Member Juried Exhibition 2016

Wednesday, August 15 - midnight CDT - deadline for online submission of entries

Week of September 4 - notice of acceptance emailed

October 1 - 5 - shipped paintings arrive

Saturday, October 6 - hand delivery, 9:00 a.m. - Noon

Monday, October 8 - exhibition opens to public

Sunday, October 14 - Reception & Awards, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Friday, November 2 - show closes

November 3 - Removal of artwork, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Return of Shipped work starts November 5

Work Eligible

Open to all current members of the Chicago Pastel Painters. To become a member or renew, visit CPP's website,

All work must be original, created, and produced by the artist, without class, workshop, or any other supervision and have at least 80% of the image area in soft pastel. No oil pastels. Compositions taken from published material will not be considered original. Work previously exhibited in any CPP Exhibition is not eligible. CPP reserves the right to refuse any painting that does not meet professional standards. Return of such paintings will occur at the artist’s expense. All accepted work must remain on exhibit for the duration of the show. All work must be for sale. Once prices are submitted and the entry deadline is past, they are final.

Image Specifications

Please follow the instructions carefully regarding the preparation of your images.
  1. Set your camera for a very high quality image that is not less than 300 dpi. This will be a large file size. Make sure your camera is square with the painting when you shoot, so that the image is not skewed or distorted. Use of a tripod is suggested. You may make adjustments, but only as needed to make the image look more like your painting.
  2. Crop the image. No mat, frame, or extraneous material should appear other than the painting. Now make a copy of this image (SAVE AS). Keep the original for your own records.
  3. See the image preparation tutorials linked on this page.
  4. Resize the copy image with a resolution of 300 dpi to a length of 900 pixels on the longest side.
  5. Save this copy now with a new filename, as follows: Lastname_firstinitial_paintingtitle. You may have to alter the title as it appears in the filename of the image file only. For example if your name is Jane Doe and your painting is titled Early Sunday Morning, the filename you would give to the digital image is: Doe_J_EarlySundayMorning.jpg. But during the entry process, you would type in the actual Title of the painting as Early Sunday Morning when asked for the Title, Price, Size, etc.
  6. Save the image as a high quality jpg. (Use the "Save As" function to select jpg and the highest quality.) The image title will now end with .jpg For example: Doe_J_EarlySummerMorning.jpg
  7. Images not meeting the requirements may be disqualified. If your software does not give you the necessary options to prepare your images as specified, consider buying Adobe Photoshop Elements (under $100) or get someone who has the proper software to help you.
Prepare your images using these specifications BEFORE you start the entry process!

Filename Instructions

Name your image files

The Title of each painting you submit appears in two places:

(1) you type in the title of the painting in the space provided for the information about the piece; this will be just as you would wish the title to appear in the show catalog (e.g. My Uncle's Lonely Road), and

(2) the title appears also as part of the filename you give to the digital image you will upload, and for this purpose you should remove any spaces, quotation marks, etc. (e.g. MyUnclesLonelyRoad)

Use the following protocol for giving your image file a name for submission: Start with your last name, followed by an underscore, followed by your first initial, followed by another underscore, then the title of the image without spaces, then make sure it has the extension ".jpg".

For example: Carson_R_SilentSpring.jpg.

Shorten long titles in the filename, please, and remove all spaces and quotation marks.

Fee Structure

$40 for current CPP members for up to 3 entries. Payment will be made through Show Submit by credit card or PayPal. No refund of entry fees.

Incomplete entries will be disqualified.

Accepted Work: Notification, Receiving, Shipping

NOTIFICATION of acceptance will be made by an email through Show Submit ( in the week of September 4, 2018. Please be sure that email address is accepted into your Inbox (add to Safe Senders List).

ACCEPTED WORK: Accepted artists will receive detailed information about hand delivery, shipping and handling, and exhibition labels. A handling fee of $40.00 minimum per container will be charged for shipped work.


A 40% commission will be shared between McCord Gallery and CPP on all sales. Artist will receive 60% of sale.

Removal of Work

SHIPPED PAINTINGS will be shipped back to the artist starting November 5.

HAND DELIVERED WORK must be picked up November 3, from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.