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Northwest Pastel Society
Northwest Pastel Society 34th Annual International Open Exhibition

34th  Annual International Open Exhibition 

May 2, 2020 – June 13, 2020

The American Art Company, Tacoma Washington 

$4200 in Cash Awards including $1500 Best in Show

Terri Ford, Juror/Awards Judge


Master Pastelist Terri Ford has earned top awards in many exhibitions at such venues as The National Arts Club in New York, The Butler Fine Art Museum, The Triton Museum of Art, The Autry Museum, The Haggin Museum and many more. She has received numerous awards at The Carmel Art Festival Plein Air event, most recently the Plein Air Magazine Award of Excellence and Best Pastel 2015. Ford's pastels have been featured in American Art Collector, American Artist, Fine Art Connoisseur, Pratique des Arts and in several coffee table books, including Art Journal America, Plein Air New Mexico and the French art book "40 Maitres de Pasteles". Her pastel paintings have gained national and international recognition, as proved by her achievement of Master Circle status in the International Association of Pastel Societies, and her subsequent acceptance of the Eminent Pastelist Award by the same group.


Ford is a Master Pastelist with The Pastel Society of America and "Distinguished Pastelist" with the Pastel Society of the West Coast and Pastel Society of New Mexico, and an artist member of the California Art Club. She was the "Invitee de Honor" of the Art du Pastel France in 2017




Important Dates

23 February  2020 midnight -  Entry Deadline

5 March 2020 - Notification of  acceptance                                      

April 1-9, 2020 - Shipped paintings must arrive at Phoenix Art Restoration

April 11-18, 2020 - Hand deliver paintings to the American Art Company 

May 2, 2020 - Opening Awards Reception 2-4 pm

June 17-20, 2020 - Pick up paintings


  • Open to all pastel artists over the age of 18. 
  • All work must be original in concept and executed by the artist in the pastel medium within the last two years. 
  • Work exhibited in previous NPS exhibits is not eligible. 
  • No instructor-assisted (hands-on) work is eligible. 
  • Mixed media pieces must be 80% predominately pure pigment (soft) pastel. 
  • Work must be originally drawn, not from digital projection or created on top of a base photo/print.

Submission of entries

Exhibition entry fee for up to 3 images is $35 for current NPS members and $50 for non-members.  Entry fees are non-refundable and must be paid by the entry deadline.

Artists may submit up to 3 images.  

Entry form must be filled out in its entirety.  List sizes up to the nearest inch.  Submitted images must not include matting or frame.  Crop the photos to include only the artwork.  Be sure your images are right-side-up.

Before uploading your images, make sure they are smaller than 4MB, but at least 1920 pixels on the longest side at 72 dpi.  Images should be in JPEG format, sRGB color space.  Help in photographing your work and properly sizing your images can be found at:  If you need help entering your images or are unable to, please email or call 949-287-8645.

Framing Requirements

Size: Minimum 20x16 or 16x20 or 320 square inches outside frame size.  Maximum size 1632 square inches, with outside frame size no longer than 48 inches on the longest side (example: 26 x40 with 4 inch frame would be 34x48 outside frame size or 1632 square inches).


All work must be framed, professional in appearance and ready to hang with strong wire and flat metal hangers. Professional quality anti-reflective glass is highly recommended. If shipping work, consider protection and safety of the artwork as well as shipping guidelines.   A label with the name of artist, title, price and contact information must be affixed to the upper left corner of the painting.

Plexiglass glazing must be professional grade to be accepted. Please include a note alerting the gallery that you have used plexiglass. Scratched, fogged or inferior plexiglass will not be accepted.

Work that arrives at the gallery with visible pastel dust on the mat or glass will be pulled out of the show.


All work must be for sale and realistically priced. A 50% commission will be taken by The American Art Company. The gallery will pay the artist two weeks after the show closes.

Hand Delivery 

Paintings may be hand delivered to American Art Company, 1126 Broadway, Tacoma Washington 98402-3510.  Tuesday through Saturday,10am-5pm (closed Sunday & Monday)   253-272-4327

Shipping Instructions

You will receive all necessary exhibition information via email, including a copy of our shipping agent’s (Phoenix) shipping instructions and specifications. Works may be shipped or hand carried to Phoenix Restoration & Custom Framing, 17712-15th Ave. NE, Shoreline, WA 98155.


All reasonable care will be taken with paintings and submissions. NPS, its officers, volunteers and The American Art Company shall not be held responsible for the loss and damage to paintings, frames or digital entries.

NPS suggests that participants carry separate insurance as provided under individual contracts with shippers and receiving agents.

The artist grants permission to reproduce work for publicity purposes, both in print and digital galleries. Copyright will be attributed to the artist. Entry into this exhibition constitutes agreement with all conditions set forth in this prospectus and Entry Form and is your commitment to participate. Your entry form is a legal and binding contract to deliver artwork that has been juried into the show. If, after being juried in, an entrant chooses not to deliver artwork, he or she may not enter an NPS show for a period of two years.


For questions about the show itself please contact:  Debora Cepeda (email or Karen O’Brien (email

For questions about using Online Juried Shows please contact: or call 949-287-8645.


Terri Ford will instruct our pastel workshop in conjunction with the show on April 29-May 1, 2020 in Gig Harbor, WA. Cost for the 3-day workshop is $400 for all participants.  Workshop Contact:   Mary Maue ( ) or Jo Ann Sullivan (

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