Renaissance in Pastel

Our flagship show, the annual Renaissance in Pastel Exhibition, is generally held in the fall at different excellent galleries across Connecticut. All pastelists, members or not, are invited to submit one to three digital images through our online entry system for this exhibition. Entries are juried for entry by a jury panel of three award-winning pastelists, with a limit of one piece per artist accepted. Once paintings are delivered and the show is hung, awards are determined by two Awards Judges. We hold an opening reception at which awards are announced and distributed. CPS presents a pastel demonstration or an informative gallery tour during the show.

Please see our Exhibition Guidelines before entering any of our exhibitions.

The CPS 2017 Renaissance in Pastel 24th Annual National Juried Exhibtion will take place October 4 – November 5, 2017 at Arts Center East, 709 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon, CT 06066, (860) 871-8222. Entry will be by the Online entry system ShowSubmit only, and will be available 6/1/17 – 8/4/17. The Jury of Selection will be Maria Marino, Paul Leveille and Eileen Casey; the Judges of Awards will be  Jean Dalton and Jane McGraw Teubner.

The prospectus is available now by clicking this link.

Entry to the show will be available June 1, 2017 at this address.

The 2016 Renaissance in Pastel Exhibition Best in Show Award went to Deborah Quinn Munson for her pastel “Track 2.”


View a show of 2016 award winners

Shows of award winning work from previous years:
Year Best in Show
2015 Laurel Friedmann
2014 Michele Poirier-Mozzone
2013 Karen Suponski
2012 Liz Haywood-Sullivan
2011 Alain Picard
2010 Rainie Crawford
2009 Rainie Crawford
2008 Julie Friedman
2007 Rainie Crawford
2006 Dan Slappo
2005 Sam Goodsell
2004 Dick McEvoy
2003 Rhoda Yanow

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Please include e-mail on checks or money order and make payable to: Connecticut Pastel Society and mail to Membership Chair Polly Castor at:

CPS Membership, Connecticut Pastel Society
P.O. Box 653
Bethel, CT 06801