Announcing the 16th Annual Pastel 100 Winners

The jurying process behind the Pastel 100 annual competition is not easy, but it is exciting. It’s hard to describe the amount of deliberation required to select 100 winning paintings from more than 2,200 entries. Let’s just say that “difficult” is an understatement. And so we want to express our immense gratitude to our five esteemed category jurors who worked so diligently to help us choose this year’s winners: Doug Dawson (Landscape/Interior), Stephanie Birdsall (Still Life/Floral), Ellen Eagle (Portrait/Figure), Aline Ordman (Animal/Wildlife) and Debora Stewart (Abstract/Non-Objective).


Now, my Pastel Journal  teammates and I are turning our attention to the next task: putting together the special Pastel 100 issue, which will feature reproductions of all 100 pastels as well as profiles of the prizewinning artists. The April 2015 issue hits newsstands next year, in early March, and will mail to subscribers in late February. (If you’re not already a Pastel Journal subscriber, click here to subscribe today, and make sure you don’t miss this exciting competition issue).

I’d also like to take the opportunity to thank our prize sponsors—Jack Richeson, Inc., Canson/Rembrandt, Great American Art Works, Terry Ludwig Pastels, PanPastels, and UART—who’ve once again provided fantastic material prizes for our winners. Their generosity creates a wonderful cycle of creativity: more materials = more paintings = more amazing pastel output in the coming year!


And so, without further delay … I’d like to introduce the 16th Annual Pastel 100!

Pastel Journal Best of Show

Simone Bingemer

Pastel Journal Award of Excellence
Stan Bloomfield

The Ruth Richeson/Unison Pastel Prize
Lisa Ober

Richeson/Unison Pastel Gold

Joe Mac Kechnie

Richeson/Unison Pastel Silver
Zhu Wenlin

Landscape & Interior Winners
1. Leoni Duff
2. Christine Debrosky
3. Patricia Meras
4. Colette Odya Smith
5. Marianna MacDonald

Landscape & Interior Honorable Mentions (in no particular order)
Jan Frank
Brian Sauerland
Jeanne Rosier Smith
Linda Mutti
Willo Balfrey
Don Rantz
Mike Barrett Kolasinski
Jane McGraw-Teubner
Ted Fuka
Bud Edmondson
Katrina Thorstensen
Jennifer L. Hoffman
Don Williams
Nancy Nowak
Jennifer Evenhus
Arne Borring
Frederick D. Somers
Helen Kleczynski
Jacob Aguiar
Chistine Ivers
M. Katherine Hurley
Patsy Lindamood
Kim Morin Weineck
Anthony Davis

Portrait & Figure Winners
1. Susanne Mull
2. Alain Picard
3. David Wells
4. Christine Obers
5. Gaela Erwin

Portrait & Figure Honorable Mentions (in no particular order)

Andrew Bartos
Gwenneth Barth-White
Cristen Miller
Candace Grieve
Christine Swann
Laurent Botella
Sharon Allicotti
Amber-Rose Hulme
Bill Kaufmann
Tina Moore
Sylvia Nitti
Ryan Bradley
Harry Burman
Sandra Kuck
Jane Radstrom
Neva Rossi Smoll
William Schneider

Still Life & Floral Winners
1. Diane Rudnick Mann
2. Randy Carden
3. Kari Tirrell
4. Jacqueline Meyerson
5. Donna Timm

Still Life & Floral Honorable Mentions
 (in no particular order)
Yael Maimon
Jeanie Schlump
Gail Faber
Phil Kidd
Lisa Ober
Jennifer Evenhus
Robin Frisella
Sarah Blumenschein
Maggie Whitney
Christine Mikesell-Bidwell

Animal & Wildlife Winners
1. Yael Maimon
2. Laura Talbot
3. Sharon Bamber
4. Carmen Griehl-Gross
5. Anne Marie Propst

Animal & Wildlife Honorable Mentions (in no particular order)
Marla Rush Parnell
Resa Grogan
Sharon Bamber
Brian Brigham
Sue Gombus
Roberta Combs
Jean Terry
Deborah LaFogg Docherty
Nancy MacDonald
Cindy House

Abstract & Non-Objective Winners
1. Colette Odya Smith
2. Mel Grunau
3. Bre Barnett Crowell
4. Janice Wall
5. Arlene Richman

Abstract & Non-Objective Honorable Mentions (in no particular order)
Anna Wainright
Jack Jung
Loreta Feeback
Frederick D. Somers
Bernadette deCesare

Please note: Because some artists had more than one entry receive recognition, the total number of names listed does not equal 100. Also, the number of honorable mentions per category was determined by the number of entries in the category and adjusted to reflect similar ratios. For example, the Landscape + Interior category received the most entries, and includes the highest number of honorable mentions.



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