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The North Carolina Statewide Pastel Juried Exhibition is an annual collaboration of three pastel societies: The Appalachian Pastel Society (APS), the Pastel Society of North Carolina (PSNC) and the Piedmont Pastel Society (PPS). Our mission is to inspire artists, to enhance the public’s appreciation for the lasting value and beauty of the medium of soft pastels, and to establish North Carolina as an emerging cultural market.
This year 90 artists, submitted paintings to the ninth Annual NC Statewide Juried Pastel Exhibition. A total of 232 images were submitted and 95 paintings selected by Alain J. Picard for this show. This online show represents those 95 paintings selected.
The 2020 NC Statewide Team thanks each artist who submitted their work to this exhibition. You have helped to make this year’s annual show another great success.
Awards will be announced on May 16, 2020.
The Pastel Society of NC will host next year’s show where we look forward to another great show.
Alain J. Picard
Juror and Judge
Our honored juror and judge this year, Alain J. Picard is an award winning artist, instructor, author and speaker.
Alain J. Picard acclaimed pastel and oil paintings have been exhibited throughout the US, Europe, China and the UK. Alain travels internationally as an art instructor, demonstrator, speaker and artistic advocate for the vulnerable.
Alain’s work and writing have been featured on numerous occasions in such publications as The Artist's Magazine, The Pastel Journal, and Practique des Arts. In an effort to share his passion for art, Alain has written three instructional books, including “Mastering Pastel” and “Beginning Drawing,” and stars in a growing collection of instructional art videos.
Alain has lectured and demonstrated for The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Arts Club in New York City, Vose Galleries in Boston, MA, the IAPS Convention in Albuquerque, NM, and the Biennial International Pastel Art Exhibition at Ming Gallery in Suzhou, China.
Alain has garnered top awards in esteemed exhibitions, including the Pastel Society of America, The American Artists Professional League, Hudson Valley Art Association, the Portrait Society of America, and the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS). He is a judge and juror of international exhibitions, and a sought-after portrait artist and landscape painter. He makes his home in Connecticut with his wife and two sons.