The Pastel 100 Competition




The 16th Annual Pastel 100 is now closed to entries. Judging is in progress and winners will be notified by October 31, 2014.  Winners will appear in our March 2015 issue.

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 1, 2014

Deadline: September 8, 2014 CLOSED





Get rewarded for your finest work! Winners will be featured in the April 2015 issue of Pastel Journal.


First Prize, Pastel Journal Founder’s Award in memory of Maggie Price
$5,000 CASH

Second Prize, Pastel Journal Award of Excellence:
$2,500 CASH

Third Prize, Ruth Richeson/Unison Pastel Award:
Full set of Unison Pastels (420 pieces, valued at approximately $2,000)

Fourth Prize, Richeson/Unison Pastel Gold Award:
An assortment of Richeson and Unison Pastels and Surfaces (valued at approximately $1,500)

Fifth Prize, Richeson/Unison Pastel Silver Award:
An assortment of Richeson and Unison Pastels and Surfaces (valued at approximately $1,000)






25 Category Prizes:

5 First Place Category Awards—$500 worth of Canson paper/Rembrandt pastels

5 Second Place Category Awards—$350 worth of Great American pastels

5 Third Place Category Awards—$150 worth of Terry Ludwig pastels

5 Fourth Place Category Awards—$100 worth of PanPastels

5 Fifth Place Category Awards—$75 worth of UART pastel paper


All top prize winners and place winners will receive features in Pastel Journal (April 2015 issue).


Image and information about each painting will be published in Pastel Journal.

Early-Bird Deadline: August 1, 2014

Regular Deadline: September 8, 2014 CLOSED







Landscape + Interior—Doug Dawson

Doug Dawson ( of Denver, Colo., is a Master Pastelist in the Pastel Society of America (PSA) and was inducted into the PSA’s Pastel Hall of Fame in 2008. He became a member of the Master Circle of the International Association of Pastel Societies in 2005. His work has been included in a number of art books and magazines, including The Artist’s Magazine, Southwest Art and Pastel Journal. Dawson has taught art at the Colorado Institute of Art, Colorado Christian University and The Art Students League of Denver. He’s a founding board member of the Art Students League of Denver, where he presently teaches a plein air class and a studio landscape class. He also teaches about 8 to 10 workshops around the country each year. Dawson has received numerous awards from art organizations such as the Pastel Society of America, the American Watercolor Society, the National Academy of Western Art, the Pastel Society of the West Coast, and the International Association of Pastel Societies. His work has been a part of numerous museum shows and pastel exhibitions, and is represented by the Ventana Gallery in Santa Fe, N.M.; Telluride Gallery in Colorado; the Corpus Christi Art Connection in Corpus Christy, Texas; and the Total Arts Gallery in Taos, New Mexico.

Portrait + Figure—Ellen Eagle

Ellen Eagle ( earned a BFA with distinction in drawing at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland. She has also studied art at The Art Students League of New York, where she has been an instructor since 2005, and the National Academy School of Fine Arts, where she also taught from 2005 to 2010. Eagle continued her studies in painting under renowned artists Daniel Greene and Harvey Dinnerstein. Her portrait and figurative work has been featured in numerous solo shows and group exhibitions, including gallery shows at Forum Gallery in New York City, which represents her work. Her work was included in the book, A History in Art: A Timeline of The Art Students League of New York 1875-2012, and has been featured in the magazines The Artist’s Magazine, American Artist, Pastel Journal, and more. Eagle is the author of the book, Pastel Painting Atelier, which was published in 2013 by Watson-Guptill.


Still Life + Floral—Stephanie Birdsall

Stephanie Birdsall ( received her formal training at the City and Guilds of London Art School in England. She continued her study of painting under renowned artists Doug Dawson, Albert Handel, Ramon Kelly, Frank Federico and Richard Schmid. She’s a Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America and a member of the Master’s Circle of the International Association of Pastel Societies. Her work in landscape and still life has earned recognition and more than 50 major awards in national and international juried exhibitions. She has exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London; Bargemon in France; and at the National Arts Club in New York City. Her work has been featured in such art publications as International Artist, Southwest Art, Plein Air Magazine and Pastel Journal, and is part of several permanent collections, including those of the Museum of the Everglades, the Florida Museum of Art & Culture, and the Sonoran Desert Museum in Tucson. Birdsall teaches painting workshops and has created three art instructional videos with Artists Network.TV. Her work is represented by galleries in Salt Lake City, Utah; Scottsdale, Arizona; Denver, Colorado; Madison, Connecticut; and Fredericksburg, Texas.


Animals + Wildlife—Aline Ordman

Aline Ordman ( is a Master Pastelist in the Pastel Society of America. The award-winning artist from White River Junction, Vermont, has been a part of numerous juried shows and exhibitions and enjoys gallery representation in Camden, Maine; Richmond, Virginia.; Charlotte, North Caroline; Stowe, Vermont; New London, New Hampshire; and Mackinaw, Michigan. Her work has been featured in a number of art publications, including The Artist Magazine and Pastel Journal, and was included in the 2011 volume of the book Strokes of Genius, published by North Light Books. Ordman earned a BFA from Cornell University and a BFA in illustration from the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. She has been teaching classes and workshops in painting and drawing for many years, and has been working as an adjunct professor for the Community College of Vermont since 2010.


Abstract + Non-Objective—Debora Stewart

Iowa artist Debora L. Stewart ( is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America. Her abstract work in pastel has been recognized with awards from Pastel Journal and International Artist magazines, and in the annual open juried exhibition of the Pastel Society of America. Stewart enjoys gallery representation in Iowa, Wisconsin, California, Arizona and Georgia. She has exhibited her work extensively throughout the Midwest and her pastels can be found in the permanent collection of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Stewart earned a B.A. in art education at the University of Iowa and an M.S.Ed. in Counseling from Western Illinois University. She retired in 2013 from her teaching and counseling position in a middle school to devote herself full time to painting and teaching workshops, including an online workshop, “Creating Abstract Pastels,” with Artists Network University. Stewart is working on a book on abstraction and mixed media, scheduled for publication by North Light Books in spring of 2015.




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.


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 5 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.

All early-bird entries are $25 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 1, 2014, early-bird deadline are subject to the regular entry fees of $30 per image. Credit cards will be charged within 30 days of contest deadline. Charge will appear as “F+W Contests.” Checks will be processed within 30 days of the final deadline.

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 1, 2014. Entries submitted for the regular deadline must be postmarked or submitted online no later than 11:59 pm EST September 8, 2014.

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, 2014. The results will not otherwise be made public until they are published in Pastel Journal (April 2015 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.






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