Healthy Competition

PSAProspectusWeb-1-1.jpgThere’s a reason winning an award in an art competition feels good. I mean, who doesn’t want to be recognized for having produced outstanding work?! Such affirmation of one’s artistic output is both personally fulfilling and sometimes, career-making. As long as an artist avoids the dangerous path of creating work with an aim to please a juror, and not him- or herself, competition can be a healthy way to inspire productivity. Afer all, there is perhaps nothing more motivating than a deadline! If you could use a creative kickstart–an inspiring reason to start a painting, finish a painting or simply have photographed what you’ve already accomplished, here are two notable deadlines to get on your calendar:

1. The Pastel Society of America is currently accepting slide entries from pastel artists (members and non-members) for their 35th annual juried “Pastels Only” exhibition to take place at the National Arts Club in New York City September 7 to September 30. The cost is $25 for one entry; $35 for two entries; and $45 for three entries, which is the limit. The deadline for entry is July 10. For more information, view the prospectus on the PSA Web site.

Pas100ScreenGrab.jpg2. The Pastel Journal is ready to receive entries for its ninth annual Pastel 100 competition. Five top award winners and five place-winners in five categories will win a combined $15,000 worth of prizes, including the $5,000 Jack Richeson/Unison Pastel Best of Show award. In addition, winners will have their work published in the April 2008 issue of the magazine, along with 70 honorable mentions. Slide and digital entries are both accepted at a cost of $12.50 per entry, and the entry deadline is September 4. For more information, see these guidelines.

Since a deadline can often go sour, becoming something that stifles rather than motivates your work, make sure that your commitment is to the creative process–not the deadline. And have fun!


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