Slideshow presented with art from Pastels USA 2019. See Show under Events
‘Tis the season: it’s time to enter our Online Membership Show. Go the Membership Show page here to see the prospectus and find out how to enter. You may also go directly to ShowSubmit to enter here.
You don’t have to live on the West Coast to become a member! With PSWC members located around the United State and around the world, the Pastel Society of the West Coast offers a strong voice for expanding the presence of soft pastel as a major fine art painting medium.
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PSWC was organized in 1984 to promote pastel artists and the soft pastel medium. Today, PSWC is the among most recognized of pastel societies.
Benefits of Membership
PSWC provides social media channels for pastel education, communication, and exposure for members.
PSWC sponsors two annual juried exhibitions: the PASTELS USA open exhibition to showcase award-winning pastel artwork to public venues and the MEMBERSHIP ONLINE SHOW
PSWC sponsors an Art Scholarship for qualifying students interested in the further study of art.
Because PSWC is a member of IAPs, our members automatically become IAPS artist members and are eligible for IAPS juried exhibitions at prestigious galleries and on the web, as well as participation in the IAPS Convention at discount rates.
The Pastel Society of the West Coast is incorporated as a non-profit organization. The PSWC is run completely by volunteer Board Members. Endowments and bequests are welcome; please contact our President.
The 34th Annual International Exhibition of PASTELS USA: A Dynamic Journey will be held at the beautiful Art Center of Morro Bay in Morro Bay, California.
The exhibition will run from June 25, 2020 to August, 2020.
PASTELS USA is the PSWC’s premiere event. Pastelists from around the world compete for nearly thirty awards (both cash and art supplies). We are honored to be holding the 2019 event at the Haggin Museum. The prospectus will be out January 1st, 2020, and the event is opened to both PSWC members and non-members.