The Pastel 100 Competition


Sponsored by Pastel Journal, America’s leading magazine devoted to pastel artists, this annual competition offers cash, prizes and publicity to its talented winners. Get rewarded for your finest work! Winners will be featured in the April 2016 issue of Pastel Journal.

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  • 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 Pastel GOLD Award:
    Pastels and Pastel surfaces from Jack Richeson and Company, valued over $2,000
  • Fourth Prize, Richeson Pastel SILVER Award:
    Pastels and Pastel surfaces from Jack Richeson and Company, valued over $1,500
  • Fifth Prize, Richeson Pastel BRONZE Award:
    Pastels and Pastel surfaces from Jack Richeson and Company, valued over $1,000

25 Category Prizes

  • 5 First Place Category Awards—$500 worth of Terry Ludwig Pastels
  • 5 Second Place Category Awards—$350 worth of Great American pastels
  • 5 Third Place Category Awards—$150 worth of Canson paper/Rembrandt 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 2016 issue).

70 Honorable Mentions will receive:

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

Categories and Jurors

  • Landscape + Interior—Terri Ford*Terri Ford ( of San Jose, Calif., has been named an Eminent Pastelist with the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS), a Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America (PSA), and a Distinguished Pastelist with the Pastel Society of the West Coast and Pastel Society of New Mexico. She’s also an artist member of the California Art Club. Her work has earned top awards in a number of exhibitions at venues that include the National Arts Club, The Butler Institute of American Art, The Triton Museum of Art, The Haggin Museum and others. Ford’s work has appeared in numerous publications including the magazines Pastel Journal, The Artist’s Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur and others; and in the compilation books Art Journey America and Plein Air New Mexico. Her landscape, Country Calm, which earned the grand Prize in 13th Annual Pastel 100 Competition, was featured on the cover of Pastel Journal’s April 2012 issue. Ford is a popular workshop instructor, teaching her techniques to students across the United States and abroad.
  • Portrait + Figure—Mario Andres Robinson*Mario Andres Robinson (, of New Jersey, studied at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y. Robinson works in pastel and watercolor, painting figurative images that reference a turn-of-the-century aesthetic. Robinson is an exhibiting artist member of The National Arts Club, The Salmagundi Club, N.Y., and a signature member of the PSA. His work has been featured in such publications as The Artist’s Magazine, Pastel Journal, Watercolor Artist, and Fine Art Connoisseur, among others. In 2014, he was appointed Brand Ambassador for Winsor & Newton.
  • Still Life + Floral—Robert K. Carsten*Award-winning artist Robert Carsten ( attended the Art Students League of New York, the Rhode Island School of Design and the Accademia di Belle Arti in Italy. He’s a master pastelist and signature member of the PSA; a member of the IAPS Master Circle; a Lifetime Honorary member of the Southwest Florida Pastel Society; and a signature member of the Connecticut Pastel Society. Carsten served on the board of PSA for six years and was instrumental in initiating the PSA Legacy Collection at the Butler Institute of Art. He now serves on PSA’s advisory board. He’s a contributing writer for Pastel Journal and The Artist’s Magazine, and he teaches workshops nationally. His paintings have been shown in many museums and galleries and are collected worldwide. His work has been featured in the books Pure Color: The Best of Pastel and Strokes of Genius/The Best of Drawing as well as in a number of art magazines, including Pastel Journal, American Art Review and The Artist’s Magazine.
  • Animal + Wildlife—Mike Beeman*Mike Beeman ( of Cheyenne, Wyo., works in pastel and oil, in studio and on location, to paint a variety of subjects. He’s a signature member of the PSA and a member of the IAPS Master Circle. His work has appeared in numerous juried exhibitions and competitions, receiving many honors, including the Pastel Journal Silver Award in the 14th Annual Pastel 100 Competition in 2013.
  • Abstract + Non-Objective—Barbara Benedetti Newton*Barbara Benedetti Newton ( received her formal training at Burnley, now known as Art Institute of Seattle. Her art career began as a fashion illustrator, which was followed by a 20-year sabbatical from art. Her re-entry into the art world was through the medium of colored pencil. She served as a president of the Colored Pencil Society of America and was co-author of Colored Pencil Solution Book, published by North Light Books. In 2013, she authored the book Pastel Drawing: Art Answers, published by Barrons. Her award-winning artwork has been a part of numerous museum shows and pastel exhibitions, and is in permanent collections in the United States and in private collections worldwide. She’s a member of the IAPS Master Circle and a signature member of Northwest Pastel Society, Pastel Society of the West Coast and PSA. Her work is represented by galleries in Washington and Oregon.

How to Enter

  • You must enter online. All entries must be submitted as digital files. There is no limit to the number of entries you may submit.
  • Image requirements for entries: JPG files (Please try to keep the file size under 5 MB to ensure proper uploading). 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.
  • All entrants should be prepared to be able to send a hi-resolution print-quality replacement file should their entry be among those selected as a winner. For publication in Watercolor Artist, these files should be 300 dpi when saved at approximately 8×10 inches, ideally, and 5×7 inches at minimum.
  • 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, a Content and eCommerce Company, 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.
  • Due to SEC restrictions we are unable to accept entries from Syria, Iran, or North Korea.
  • For more information visit our Preparing Your Entry Page, Judging and Notification, or FAQ pages.

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