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Pastel Society of North Carolina
Pure Color 6th Annual ONLINE International Juried Exhibition of Pastel Paintings

Pastel Society of North Carolina (PSNC)

“Pure Color” International Online Open Juried Exhibition

2022 Official Prospectus 


The Pastel Society of North Carolina (“PSNC”) is pleased to announce our sixth international online juried exhibition, “Pure Color”. It is a great opportunity that requires no framing or shipping of artwork. The final show is completely online, making it accessible for all to view and purchase artwork. The exhibition provides all cash awards. You may even enter artwork that is no longer in your possession, as long as you have a good image of it. 


OVER $3000 in Cash Awards

Best of show                                                       $1000

1st                                                                     $700

2nd                                                                    $400

3rd                                                                    $300

4th                                                                     $200

Herb Slapo Memorial                                            $150

Honorable Mention                                              4 at $100each

Merit                                                                  7 at $50 each



Online Entry Opening                                   June 1, 2022

Online Entry Deadline                                  August 1, 2022

Notice of Acceptance                                   August 21, 2022

Online Show goes LIVE                                September 1, 2022

Online Show closes                                     September 30, 2022


Dry Pastels Only



Michael Freeman, IAPS/MC, MPANZ, PSA is an international award-winning hyperrealist pastel artist from New Zealand. He has had a fascination with realism since childhood, and in his paintings he is always striving to create images that have greater depth and feeling than can be achieved with a photograph. He is in the Master Circle of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS), a Master Pastelist of the Pastel Artists of New Zealand (MPANZ), a Signature member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA), and has a Master of Fine Arts degree. His subjects range from his current series of still-life paintings featuring iconic New Zealand toys and objects, to landscapes featuring old, weathered sheds, barns, railway carriages, windows and doors, old locks, and farm animals (mainly cows)–all inspired from photographic trips along New Zealand’s roads. Michael has won many awards internationally and in New Zealand and has been exhibiting his work regularly since 2015. 



  • To be eligible to enter the show you must be 18 or older and working in the soft pastel medium.
  • 80% of exposed surface must be dry pastel.
  • No oil pastels.
  • Must have been created within the last 4 years.
  • Do not submit work that has been accepted into any prior PSNC Pure Color International Online Exhibition. Those not adhering to this will not have work accepted into the next 3 years of Pure Color International Online Exhibition.
  • The show is open to both PSNC members and non-members worldwide. Images will be juried anonymously, and awards given by our judge, Michael Freeman. Acceptance is not guaranteed.
  • Must be ENTIRELY the work of the artist and not copied from another artist’s work, someone else’s photos or publication.
  • Must NOT have been created under supervision in a workshop, class or any other tutelage.
  • May not be glazed works with a finished surface of matte acrylic, resin or solvent varnish.
  • All work must be entered online through Online Juried Shows at 
  • Member Pricing: $30 for up to three (3) images for members of the Pastel Society of North Carolina (please make sure your membership dues are current for the 2022 membership year before entering the show). $10 for each additional image. A total of 6 entries allowed per artist. A limit of 2 entries may be accepted. Acceptance is not guaranteed.
  • Non-Member Pricing: $40 for up to three (3) images for any artist who is not a member of the Pastel Society of North Carolina. $10 for each additional image. A total of 6 entries allowed per artist. A limit of 2 entries may be accepted. Acceptance is not guaranteed.



  • You must enter online. All entries must be submitted as digital files to
  • For information on submitting images and to pay the jury fee, go to, scroll down to the “Pastel Society of North Carolina Pure Color” exhibit listing and click “enter this show.” 
  • JPEG images must not show mat, frame, etc. and must be cropped to include only the artwork. Make sure images are right side up. Images must be smaller than 4MB,1920 pixels on the longest side and 72 dpi.
  • Payment is online via credit card or PayPal. No checks accepted. All entry fees are non-refundable and must be paid by the entry deadline.
  • The artwork’s final layer must be (80%) soft pastel. 
  • No oil pastels
  • Artwork must be original and personally executed, not copied from other artists or from published or copyrighted materials or from someone else’s real life/still life set-up or photo. Artists working from reference photographs must use their own photo that they have personally taken. Paintings using photos taken by another photographer, even used with permission, will not be accepted.
  • Works that appear to duplicate, or be closely derivative of a painting previously accepted into any PSNC show will not be eligible.  
  • Paintings of nudes will be considered.
  • Artists who enter a painting which shows a recognizable likeness (face or figure) must have a signed model release from the person portrayed in the painting, giving the artist permission to exhibit the painting in a public forum. 
  • If the work is not for sale, check “NFS” on the entry form
  • Artwork may not have been accomplished in a directed, step-by-step class or workshop. 
  • Artwork must be originally drawn and not created on top of any type of photographic image.
  • PSNC reserves the right to exclude from exhibitions any artwork deemed offensive, or any artwork that violates the laws of the United States, or of state or local governments.  
  • There are no size limitations.
  • A maximum of two (2) paintings per artist may be accepted into the show.
  • Any one artist is eligible to receive up to a maximum of one (1) award.
  • PSNC reserves the right to refuse artwork that does not meet with any show rules or requirements even though accepted by the juror.

Entry Process

·       Entries are made using Online Juried Shows only.

·       Go to and sign in or register a user account.

·       Up to 6 images may be submitted – up to 2 paintings may be accepted into show per artist.

·       No file-naming restrictions. Juror will not see the file name.

·       JPEGS must not show mat, frame, etc., and must be an accurate representation of the artwork. Crop the photos to include only the artwork. Be sure your images are right side up.

·       Images must be smaller than 4MB, 1920 pixels on the longest side, and 72dpi.

·       Images should be in JPEG format, RGB 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 do so, please email or call 949-287-8645.

·       Remember to check your junk/spam folder for and for notifications.


·       Payment

·       The ENTRY FEE is paid via PayPal/Credit card to Online Juried Shows upon submission.  No checks accepted. All entry fees are nonrefundable and must be paid by the entry deadline.



Prices may not be changed after submission is completed and after the submission deadline.

If an artist sells a painting during the show, each artist is responsible for any sales transactions according to the listed price. Once the image is entered and paid for using Online Juried Shows, it is considered “entered” in the show. 

There will be no commission taken from sales. Artists are responsible for their own sales taxes.


Artist agrees to allow the Pastel Society of North Carolina and Online Juried Shows to reproduce the accepted paintings on their websites, and for advertising and promotional purposes only. No images will be used or published for any purpose except as stated above.


Submission of online entry form and fee shall constitute agreement with ALL conditions set forth in this prospectus.


For questions about the exhibition, please contact Emily Roguski,, PSNC President


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