“The Pastel Society of America’s (PSA) 44th Annual Exhibition: Enduring Brilliance!, with paintings on display from 34 U.S. states, as well as from Canada, Egypt, Hong Kong, Israel and Malaysia, is one of the most diverse and colorful exhibitions in the history of the society,” says Jimmy Wright, PSA president and exhibition chair. Held September 6 to October 1, the exhibition is “a dazzling showcase of professional excellence, presenting a broad range of artistic approaches, from realism to abstraction, again demonstrating the exceptional technical breadth of soft pastel and the universal appeal of the medium to all stylistic applications,” he says.
PSA Master Pastelists Judith Cutler, Richard McKinley and Wright served as the jury of selection for the 1,496 submitted paintings. Juror of Awards was Mark D. Mitchell, Holcombe T. Green curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, Yale University Art Gallery. He awarded more than $40,000 in cash and material awards, which exceeded last year’s prize pool.
The awards banquet, held September 25 at the National Arts Club in New York City, recognized top award recipients, including Daniel E. Greene, recipient of the PSA Founders Award, given by The Flora B. Giffuni Foundation, for Wool Spindles, Silk & Moire; Helen Kleczynski, winner of the Art Spirit Foundation Dianne B. Bernhard Gold Medal Award; Edward Robitz, who won the Chartpak, Inc./Schmincke Award; Nancy Ness, recipient of the Great American Art Works Award-The Fuller Monty; Robin Frisella, whose work earned the Lila Gold Memorial Award, donated by Duane Wakeham and Richard Sutherland; Anne McGrory, recipient of the Great American Art Works Award-The Mini Monty; Debora L. Stewart, winner of the Herman Margulies Award for Excellence, donated by Dianne B. Bernhard; and Barbara Groff, recipient of the Flora B. Giffuni & Joseph V. Giffuni Memorial Award, donated by JoAnn Wellner.
Hall of Fame Honoree Rhoda Yanow was celebrated for her work and contribution to the pastel community. PSA also recognized Friend of Pastel honorees Maceo Mitchell, PSA School for Pastels director, and Bob Strohsahl, manufacturer of Great American Art Works pastels and PSA donor and patron.
Eight artists earned Master Pastelist status: Teresa DeSeve, Robin Frisella, Marcia Holmes, Isabelle V. Lim, Glen Maxion, Arlene Richman, Debora L. Stewart and Anna Wainright.
For more information about PSA and the exhibition winners, visit pastelsocietyofamerica.org.