The call for entries for the 10th Pastel 100 competition has been published! I've lost track of whether this is the
- Pastel 100 2008 because the deadline is 1st September 2008
- or the Pastel 100 2009 because the results are announced in April 2009
- 9th Pastel 100 - The 9th Annual Pastel 100 (19th March 2008) - see right
- 8th Pastel 100 -The Pastel Journal and the Annual Pastel 100 Competition (1st April 2007)
- 7th Pastel 100 -The 2005 Pastel 100 competition (20th April 2006)
- $5,000 Jack Richeson/Unison Pastels Best of Show Award
- a product oriented award - Ruth Richeson/Unison Pastels Award, featuring a 402-piece set of Unison Pastels— worth $2,067, plus 750 worth of Richeson Co. products!
- $2,500 The Pastel Journal Grand Prize
- $1,500 The Art Spirit Foundation/Dianne B. Bernhard Gold Medal Award for Excellence
- $1,000 The Art Spirit Foundation/Dianne B. Bernhard Silver Medal Award for Excellence
- Plus cash awards in each of the 5 categories:
5 First Place Awards: $500 each
5 Second Place Awards: $250 each
5 Third Place Awards: $150 each
5 Fourth Place Awards: $100 each
5 Fifth Place Awards: $50 each
I'm not sure what the odds are - but back in 2005 my blog post records that there were some 4,000 entries. It would be interesting to know whether that figure has increased or stayed the same.
Entries will be prejudged and then finalists will be chosen by the magazine staff. Award winners and honorable mentions will be selected by the jurors named above. All properly prepared entries will be viewed and judged. The jurors and editors reserve the right to recategorize the entries.Judges this year are detailed below and you can find descriptions on them in the Pastel 100 Call for Entries. Note that although it is a panel of judges, they seem to be operating on the basis of only one judge per category with presumably some consultation in relation to the top prizes.
Pastel 100 Competition - Call for Entries
At this stage of a competition I always take a jolly good look at juror's websites. After all a lot of what judging is about is very often down to personal preferences - a work which can't even get juried into one show might win the top prize in another! Below you can find my summary of what I found from the website review.
- Landscape & Interior—juried by Lorenzo Chavez (www.lorenzochavez.com) - a very committed plein air pastelist with a lot of splendid pastel landscapes on his website. Plus I love it when people include their pastel workshop supply list!
- Portrait & Figure—juried by Desmond O'Hagan (www.desmondohagan.com) a painter who is very interested in figurative work and who is described as painting in pastels and oils - although at a rough estimate (based on a lot of 'clicking') I'd say 80% of his work is in oils - as is all his gallery work.
- Still Life & Floral—juried by Christina Debarry (www.debarrystudioarts.com) - is an award winning pastel artist and teacher. She has juried for many art societies and prizes in the past and is a past President Emeritus of the Pastel Society of America (1998-2001). I couldn't find website links to recent paintings or workshops.
- Animal & Wildlife—juried by Dustin Van Wechel (www.dustinvanwechel.com) - a prizewinning nature artist and a signature member of both the Society of Animal Artists and the Pastel Society of America. He has a number of excellent pastel works in his archive but now seems to work mainly in oils.
- Abstract & Non-Objective—juried by Frank Federico (www.frankfederico.com) an artist whose website suggests he likes colour and works in a variety of media. I'd say his emphasis is on abstracting from reality and pushing the boundaries on colour.
How to enter: You can enter work in any and all of the categories; there is no limit to the number of entries.You may submit your entry online or via mail using:
- either 35mm slides (non-returnable - postal mail only) Odd-sized, glass or metal slide frames will not be accepted.
- or digital files on a CD (non-returnable -postal mail only)
- or digital files submitted via the online entry process - review the online submission guidelines and then use the online entry form
All entries are $12.50 per slide or image with a $10 for all returned checks or declined credit cards. All entries must include a properly completed official entry form. Incomplete entry forms and information sheets, and improperly marked slides or CDs will be disqualified.
Overview of Rules and Submission: Below you can find links to
- An overview of the rules of submission in the Call For Entries.
- The answers to the FAQs about the Pastel 100
- Artists must be age 16 or over.
- Work must be at least 80% soft pastel; no oil pastel. Nupastels and other "harder" pastels are considered soft pastels.
- The contest is open to artists in the U.S. and abroad.
- All works must be original. Compositions based on published material or other artists' work are NOT considered original and are not eligible.
- Paintings executed in a workshop under another artist's supervision or paintings based on another person's photograph (even if copyright-free) are NOT eligible.
- Work previously published at the time of submission to this contest in any national publication or receiving an award at a national-level exhibition is NOT eligible. (I'm assuming this means in a newspaper or another art magazine rather than forums or blogs which publish internationally - but it would be nice to have clarification)
- All entries must be postmarked no later than September 1, 2008.
- Entry is online or via mail using slides or digital images.
There's a lot more to it than that and, as ever, I do urge people to read the details, then read them again - and to read them again in advance of submission. Plus don't leave it to the last minute - said by the person who ALWAYS swears she'll never ever ever ever do that again! ;) It's so easy to fall foul of the rules by just forgetting what they said or failing to read something properly or losing track of dates.
The Pastel 100 Book I'm not sure whether there any plans for a book this time around. I haven't seen any reference to a book since the 8th Pastel 100. Has anybody else seen a book for the last one?
Finally, on another matter, I'd strongly recommend that The Pastel Journal gives some thought to how it asks people to say 'No' to being included in lists of names and addresses circulated to other parties when the contacts are generated online.
Their current practice (ie you have to sit down and write and then post a letter to a different address in the USA in order to get yourself removed from the list of names and addresses circulated to other parties ) looks to me very much like a hangover from an old paper process. It certainly doesn't take account of the personal privacy and identity data requirements of current data protection legislation. Stating that you do NOT wish to have your address circulated to other people also needs to be online. Good practice also suggests that the default position is that addresses are not added unless the tick box gets ticked and that you should be able to detail all your requirements on the entry form. (ie one form covering the processes for both submission and data protection)