Art Contests & Competitions

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Announcing the Winners for AcrylicWorks 2

Congratulations to the 116 artists chosen for North Light Books’ second annual Best of Acrylic competition AcrylicWorks 2: Radical Breakthroughs! If you see your name below, please check your email accounts (and junk boxes) for instructions on next steps. You should receive an email from us with the subject line “AcrylicWorks 2 Winner Notification”...

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Splash 16 Winners Announced

Congratulations to the 121 artists selected for North Light Books’ latest watercolor competition Splash 16: Exploring Texture! If you see your name below, please check your email accounts (and junk boxes) for instructions on next steps. You will receive an email from us with the subject line “Splash 16 Winner Notification” no later than...

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Pastel Pick of the Week | Pastel Wins Big at Academic Artists Association National Exhibition

Congratulations to Robert K. Carsten whose pastel, Insight and Inspiration, won the Best in Show Award at the 64th Academic Artists Association national exhibition, which opened last Sunday. The Academic Artists Association’s show is one of the oldest, continuing, annual fine art exhibitions in the country. It was established in 1949 by American Impressionist,...

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15th Annual Pastel 100 Silver Award Winner | Peter Seltzer

Viewer interpretation is key to the pastels of artist Peter Seltzer. “I often like to employ a certain amount of ambiguity,” says the winner of the Pastel Journal Silver Award in the 15th Annual Pastel 100. “This allows viewers to enter a piece on their own terms and find their own narrative. Although my paintings have a...

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Juror Spotlight | 15th Annual Pastel 100 Competition

The Pastel 100 Competition, now in its 15th year, can draw several thousand entries. In a field that includes hundreds upon hundreds of worthy and wonderful pastels, it’s always interesting to learn what it is that a juror sees in a particular piece that marks it as special. The jurors of this year’s 15th...

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Sneak Peek | Pastel Journal April 2014 Issue

The April 2014 issue of PASTEL JOURNAL features inspiring articles on the paintings that took top honors in the 15th Annual Pastel 100 Competition, plus Pastel 100 jurors share their advice on how to make your paintings stand out in a crowd. Also included are four ways to save “disaster” paintings; and top strategic...