Sponsored by Pastel Journal, America’s leading magazine devoted to pastel artists , this annual competition offers cash, prizes and publicity to its talented winners.
Early-Bird Deadline: August 15, 2013
Get rewarded for your finest work! Winners will be featured in the April 2014 issue of Pastel Journal.
Pastel Journal Grand Prize Award:
The Ruth Richeson/Unison Pastels Award:
Set of Unison Pastels (402 pieces, value $2,395) + Set of Richeson Pastels (360 pieces, value $855) + Assortment of pastel surfaces $750 for a total value of $4,000
Pastel Journal Gold Medal Award:
Pastel Journal Silver Medal Award:
Pastel Journal Bronze Medal Award:
The Category Awards:
5 First Place Awards—$500 worth of Canson paper/Rembrandt pastels
5 Second Place Awards—$350 worth of worth of Great American pastels
5 Third Place Awards—$150 worth of Terry Ludwig pastels
5 Fourth Place Awards—$100 worth of PanPastels
5 Fifth Place Awards—$50 worth of UART pastel paper
All top prize winners and place winners will receive features in Pastel Journal (April 2014 issue).
70 HONORABLE MENTIONS
Image and information about each painting will be published in Pastel Journal.
Early-Bird Deadline: August 15, 2013
Regular Deadline: August 30, 2013
CATEGORIES & JURORS
Landscape & Interior—Clark G. Mitchell
Mitchell was born in Denver where he grew up nurturing a love for the natural world. He received a bachelor’s degree in art from Colorado College and went on to study at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. He currently lives in Sonoma County in California, a landscape that offers plentiful inspiration for his painting. Mitchell is designated Master Pastelist in the Pastel Society of America and a Distinguished Pastelist in the Pastel Society of the West Coast. He has received numerous awards for his work in pastel, including the Best of Show at the Laguna Plein Air Invitational in 2005 and Best of Show in the Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational in 2011.
Strand is a Colorado native who has studied at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, the Art Students League and National Academy of Design in New York, and the University of Denver, where she earned a BFA. Now a California resident, she has has been exhibiting professionally as an artist for more than 30 years. Strand’s subjects tend to be “slice of life” portraits and still lifes—a man reading a newspaper, the light falling across a bowl of eggs, groups of people at work. She is a Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America and was their Hall of Fame honoree in 2007. Her award-winning work has been the subject of solo exhibitions in galleries and museums, including a one-person retrospective of pastel and oil paintings at the Bakersfield Museum of Art in California in 2006.
Still Life/Floral—Deborah Bays
Deborah Bays has been blessed with a life in the arts. She was born in Nashville and spent her early years with formal study in music, playing violin and viola. Her focus shifted to visual art in college where she earned a bachelor’s degree in costume and then a master’s degree in scenography. She settled in Denver and for 25 years designed costumes and sets for regional repertory theaters, theatrical festivals and public television. A longing for more personal expression led her to study drawing and painting at the Art Student’s League of Denver. Her artwork has been featured in Southwest Art and Pastel Journal and other art publications, and has won prizes in the Pastel 100 and The Artist’s Magazine’s Annual Art Competition. She has been awarded Master Pastelist status with the Pastel Society of America and has exhibited paintings in their annual exhibitions in New York City.
Morvell is an acclaimed environmental artist who’s dedicated to raising awareness of the beauty and fragility of wildlife and their habitats. A fine arts graduate of the University of Ballarat, in Victoria, Australia, Morvell is a signature member of Artists for Conservation and the Wildlife Art Society of Australasia, from which he has won many awards, including three gold medals. He exhibits his work internationally, and his art is represented in public, private and corporate collections around the world—among them, Horsham Regional Art Gallery, in Victoria; Halls Gap studio-gallery in Australia’s Grampians National Park, where he teaches regular workshops; and in Sydney, at Veronica Boer International Fine Art. Morvell travels the world to observe animals in their native environments and his paintings—done in a variety of media—all share the goal of giving the viewer a powerful sense of “being there.”
British artist Jeannette Hayes was born in Sweden and spent her childhood in several different European countries before moving to the United Kingdom to train at Kingston University. Her work has been widely exhibited in galleries in London and around the United Kingdom. She was elected, in 1998, as a member of the Pastel Society UK and has participated regularly in their annual shows at the Mall Galleries in London. Hayes has won a number of awards, including the Unison Pastel Materials Award in 2000 and 2002, and the Deborah Manifold Memorial Award in 2005 and 2008. Pastel is her favored medium for her dynamic abstracts which use color to express wonderful mood and energy.
Artists can be from anywhere in the world but must be age 16 or older. Work must be at least 80% soft pastel; no oil pastel. Nupastels and other “harder” pastels are considered soft pastels. The contest is open to artists in the U.S. and abroad. All works must be original. Compositions based on published material or other artists’ work are NOT considered original and are not eligible. Paintings executed in a workshop under another artist‘s supervision or paintings based on another person’s photograph (even if it’s copyright-free) are NOT eligible. Employees or associates of F+W Media, Inc., Jack Richeson & Co. Inc., or their immediate families may not enter. The Pastel Journal reserves the right to reject work deemed unsuitable for publication or that does not meet above criteria. Work previously published in a national publication or receiving an award at a national-level exhibition at the time of submission to this contest is not eligible.
PREPARING YOUR ENTRY
You may enter files online or via regular mail. All digital files submitted via regular mail must be accompanied by an Official entry form. You may enter work in any and all categories; there is no limit to the number of images you may enter. You may mail all your entries in on one CD. Please include a separate sheet that gives the title and dimensions of each image. The titles of the images on the CD must match the titles on the sheet. Incomplete entry forms and information sheets, and improperly marked CDs will be disqualified. Slides will not be accepted.
Image requirements for entries: JPG files (Please try to keep the file size under 2 MB to ensure proper uploading). If entering online, the viewing screen & thumbnail which you will see during the entry process is for general reference only and does not reflect the image quality that will be viewed by jurors. The file that you attach is exactly as it will appear to the jurors.
Note: All entrants should be prepared to be able to send a print-quality replacement file should their entry be among those selected as a winner. For publication in Pastel Journal, these files should be 300 dpi when saved at approximately 8×10 inches (2400×3600 pixels), ideally, and 5×7 inches (1500×2100 pixels) at minimum.
FEES AND PAYMENT
All early-bird entries are $20 per image. A credit card number and signature, check or money order for the required jury fee (in U.S. funds drawn on a U.S. bank) must accompany entry. You may send one check to cover all entries. Entries submitted after the August 15, 2013, early-bird deadline are subject to the regular entry fees of $25 per image. Credit cards will be charged within 90 days of contest deadline. Charge will appear as “F+W Contests.”
If you submit your entries offline, please note that CDs will not be returned (so have a duplicate made for your own files). Pastel Journal will not be responsible for the loss, damage or return of any CDs submitted to the competition.
All early-bird entries must be postmarked or submitted online no later than 11:59 pm EST August 15, 2013. Entries submitted for the regular deadline must be postmarked or submitted online no later than 11:59 pm EST August 30, 2013.
Entries will be prejudged and finalists will be chosen by the magazine staff. Award winners and honorable mentions will be selected by the jurors named above. All properly prepared entries will be viewed and judged. The jurors and editors reserve the right to re-categorize the entries.
All winners will be notified by October 31, 2013. The results will not otherwise be made public until they are published in Pastel Journal (April 2014 issue). Non-winning entrants will not be individually notified of the results. Your cancelled check or credit-card charge will be notification for receipt of your entry. To be notified directly of your entry’s receipt, please ship using a trackable method such as FedEx or UPS.