Jean Rosier Smith
Prix de Pastel
Twentieth Juried Exhibition

First Cello

William Schneider
Prix de Pastel
Nineteenth Juried Exhibition

Egg Shells and Blue Willow

Deborah Bays
Prix de Pastel
Seventeenth Juried Exhibition

The International Association of Pastel Societies represents pastel societies uniting in a common cause—to demonstrate the validity and quality of fine art in pastel around the world. Membership is limited to qualified pastel societies. There are no individual memberships available. Only Member Societies are eligible to participate in certain IAPS activities. IAPS was founded in 1994 through the efforts of Urania Christy Tarbet.

IAPS sponsors annual competitions and exhibitions open to members of member societies. Artists accepted and/or awarded in specified IAPS competitions may accrue points towards IAPS Master Circle status and IAPS Eminent Pastelist status. Please see the IAPS Honors page for more information about honors.

Every other year, IAPS sponsors a convention where pastel artists from all over the world can gather to attend lectures, demonstrations, hands-on classes, explore the world of pastel materials in the trade show area, and enjoy the excitement of being part of the world community of pastel artists.

Our Tenth Biennial Convention was held in June, 2013. The growth of this biennial event has been phenomenal, with each convention bigger and, we believe, better than the one before. Please join us in Albuquerque for this wonderful opportunity to learn about and celebrate the medium of pastel.

The medium of pastel lends itself to any subject and any style. Throughout this site, you will see examples of the finest pastel paintings from around the world.

Learn more about dry pastel

News About 2015 Convention!
Click HERE for news of the 2015 IAPS Eleventh Biennial Convention Preview

New Website Coming! IAPS is undertaking an update and re-design of this website for 2014. We appreciate your patience while we complete this work. Our new website will have more information for our Member Societies and will have new services for Member Societies including automated listings for Member Society workshops and National Shows. We will let you know when the new website is up!
Announcing the 24th IAPS Juried Exhibition! Click HERE to view!
Announcing the 23rd IAPS Juried Exhibition! Click HERE to view!

2013 PastelWorld Exhibits & Winners:
Second Master Circle Exhibition Twenty-Second Juried Exhibition