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Welcome to Entry for

Pastel Society of America
49th Annual Exhibition
Enduring Brilliance!

PSAOPENS September 7, 2021

Location: PSA website:

Jury of Selection
  Richard G. McKinley, PSA-MP, HFH (OR)
  Colette O. Smith, PSA-MP (WI)
  Otto Stürcke, PSA-MP (CA)

Judge of Awards:
  Emily A. Beeny, associate curator, J. Paul Getty Museum

Get the complete Prospectus here.

ENTRY DEADLINE Monday, June 14, 2021, 11:59 p.m. PDT


You may add, delete and change images to your entry at any time up until the show deadline.

You will pay for your entry by credit or debit card using our secure checkout system. Even after your entry is submitted and paid for, you may log back in to review your entry, to edit artist and image information, and to add, remove or substitute images. When the show entry deadline passes, no more changes to the entry are permitted.

Dates at a glance

Work Eligible

Image Specifications

Prepare your images using these specifications BEFORE you start the entry process!
Preparation guidelines and tips can be found on our photo prep page and on the PSA website.

Filename Instructions

Assign the filenames BEFORE you start the entry process! Once the file is uploaded, you cannot change the filename.

Fee Structure

Non-US submissions

Accepted Work: Notification


We recommend that you download the prospectus (link above) and read the contents thoroughly before entering any exhibition.


Your entry into the exhibition constitutes agreement of reproductive rights for this exhibition and PSA promotional items.

Submission of entry constitutes agreement to all conditions in the prospectus stated therein.


You must click to checkbox below signifying your agreement in order to enter the show.

I agree to the conditions set forth in the Liability Agreement (above).

PSA 2021 49th Annual Exhibition Enduring Brilliance!

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Pastel Society of America
49th Annual Exhibition
Enduring Brilliance!
Member Exhibition

April 12, 2021 - deadline to apply for PSA membership if you are not currently a member with up-to-date, paid membership. See the prospectus.

Monday, June 14, 2021 - 11:59 p.m. PDT - deadline for online submission of entries

July 1, 2021 - Notice of selection emailed

September 7, 2021 - Online Exhibition opens with the public announcement of award recipients

Eligible Work

Open to all PSA members who have an up-to-date, paid membership.

Apply for membership by April 12, 2021, to be eligible to submit paintings to the exhibition. Membership dues must be paid-in-full before submission.

Traditional soft pastels only – NO OIL PASTELS.
  • Original artwork only. All paintings done in a school, school-monitored studio or workshop, or under instructor supervision or copied from published photographs or photographs made by someone other than the artist or painted over a mechanical reproduction are ineligible and will be rejected.
  • All paintings entered must have been created within the last four years and not have been previously accepted in any major national exhibition nor been published prior to the PSA opening.
  • Accepted artwork may not be exhibited concurrently in other shows, including virtual shows.
  • All subjects and styles are eligible, from traditional to contemporary are acceptable.
  • Artwork's final surface must be predominantly (80%) pastel.
  • No size limitation for this online exhibition.
  • Work must be for sale – no NFS or POR
READ THE PROSPECTUS to be sure you understand all requirements!

Failure to meet any of the requirements for eligibility will result in the artwork being disqualified. PSA reserves the right to exclude from the exhibition any artwork deemed offensive, or any artwork that violates the laws of the United States.

Image Specifications

All images must be high quality jpeg (jpg) image files. You must crop out all parts of the photo that are not the painting; do not show mat, frame, etc, only the painting itself. Please save at 300 dpi resolution, with a size of 1200 pixels on the longer side of the image. The upload system will not accept very large files, so you must reduce the native image size to these specifications, no larger than 2 Mb. If after saving your jpg to the above specifications, it is larger than 2 Mb, save again with a slightly lowered "jpg quality" which increases the compression and reduces the file size.

Tutorials for image preparation are available on the ShowSubmit site and the PSA site.

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

Filename Instructions

Name your image files

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.

Assign the filenames BEFORE you start your entry. Once the image file has been uploaded, you cannot change the filename.

On the entry form in the box for Title do enter the actual title of the piece as you would want it to appear in the show catalogue.

For example: Silent Spring

Fee Structure

Limit: 3 images entered per artist

PSA Members ONLY: $45 for 1, 2, or 3 digital images. 2021 dues must be paid in full to enter as a PSA member. You must complete your membership transaction through the PSA website

Entry fee is non-refundable.

Entry fee is paid by credit/debit card at the conclusion of the online entry process.

Entries from outside U.S. must be paid with credit/debit card in U.S. currency.

Incomplete entries will be disqualified.

Accepted Work: Notification

All artists will receive an email notifying them of accepted or declined work via ShowSubmit by July 1, 2021.

Add to your 'safe senders' list to ensure that you will receive entry confirmation and selection notification emails.


No POR, no NFS. All work must be for sale.

Due to NYS tax law, PSA cannot act as sales agent. All sales inquiries will be directed to the artist.

Pricing your work - Collectors Purchase

Collectors Purchase Program is canceled for 2020

Concerning all non-US submissions to PSA's 49th Annual Exhibition:

  1. We ask that all artists submit their own applications individually. Entries submitted through an international or national art broker, or by a second party of any kind, will be disqualified and therefore will not be processed.
  2. 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.