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 Exhibition took place place October 4 – November 5, 2017 at Arts Center East, 709 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon, CT 06066. The Jury of Selection was Maria Marino, Paul Leveille and Eileen Casey; the Judges of Awards were Jean Dalton and Jane McGraw Teubner.

The 2017 Renaissance in Pastel Exhibition Best in Show Award went to Paul Leveille for his pastel “Mike”.


View a show of 2017 award winners

Shows of award winning work from previous years:
Year Best in Show
2016 Deborah Quinn Munson
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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CPS Membership, Connecticut Pastel Society
P.O. Box 653
Bethel, CT 06801