The International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) is a non-profit organization representing pastel societies uniting in a common cause — to demonstrate the validity and quality of pastel fine art around the world. The coming together of pastel societies provides a strong voice for pastel artists and the luminous medium of pastel. The foundation of IAPS is based on networking and sharing. Individual artists benefit and expand their knowledge through the IAPS society of their choice.


Membership is limited to qualified pastel societies. There are no individual memberships available. Member Societies are eligible to participate in the activities of the International Association. The fee is US$100 per calendar year, due on January 1. If your society joins after October 1, your dues will be automatically credited toward the following calendar year. Newly formed societies pay US$50 for the first year only, providing they join during their year of formation.

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IAPS Founder & President Emeritus:

Urania Christy Tarbet, Pollock Pines, California

Urania founded IAPS in 1994 and served as its President until 2009. Listed in Who’s Who in Art, Urania’s work has appeared in American Artist, Artist’s Magazine, Art Revue (cover ‘95), The Pastel Journal, and International Artist, plus ten how-to art books. Exhibitions of her work have reached from France, Taiwan, and New York to San Francisco, with collectors worldwide.

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Urania Christy Tarbet

Her art is represented in California by Helen Jones, Sacramento, and prints by Aaron Ashley, Inc. New York. Urania conducts national and international workshops in pastel and oil. “Early in my artistic life, I saw the need to network pastelists from all parts of the nation and yes, the world. This union was needed to establish a mighty voice to educate galleries, buyers, art magazines and the general public in the qualities of dry pastels.”

For more information: www.uraniachristytarbet.com



President: Liz Haywood-Sullivan, Marshfield Hills, Massachusetts

Liz Haywood-Sullivan is a traditional representational artist specializing in pastel landscapes. After a career in design she turned to fine art and pastels in 1996 and since then has been devoted to the medium. She is has been a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America since 1998, and holds Signature memberships in the Connecticut Pastel Society, and the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod. She is also a member of the Salmagundi Club of New York and the Academic Artists Association. She received her IAPS Masters Circle at the 2011 IAPS Conference in Albuquerque.

Her paintings are represented by Vose Galleries of Boston, and are in numerous private and corporate collections nationally. She has served on the IAPS Executive Committee, and on the Board and as Vice President for the North River Arts Society. Her paintings have won many national awards and her art has been profiled in the art magazines The Pastel Journal, American Art Collector Magazine, The Artists Magazine, American Artist, and Southwest Art. She conducts workshops on pastel painting and art business, does demonstrations, and is dedicated to education in the arts. She is the author of the 2013 Northlight book, Painting Brilliance Skies and Water in Pastel, six instructional DVDs, three of which will be released in 2014.

For more information: www.haywood-sullivan.com



Secretary: Alan Flattmann, New Orleans, Louisiana

Alan Flattmann was inducted into the Pastel Society of America’s Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Masters Circle of the International Association of Pastel Societies in 2007. He was awarded the PSA Master Pastelist distinction in 1991, the American Artist Art Masters Award for pastel teacher in 1996 and has been listed in Who’s Who in American Art since 1981.

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Alan Flattmann

Flattmann’s work is the subject of three books, Alan Flattmann’s French Quarter Impressions, The Art of Pastel Painting, and The Poetic Realism of Alan Flattmann. His work has also been featured in major art magazines and is included in collections of several major museums, as well as numerous private and corporate collections.

For more information: www.alanflattmann.com



Treasurer: Patricia Suggs, San Jose, California

Pat Suggs, PSA, MC-IAPS, noted pastel artist, is a resident of San Jose and a third generation Californian. Pat was trained at the Leighton Fine Art Academy in San Francisco, and has concentrated in the art of pastels over the past twenty-five years. She has paintings published in Best of Pastel and Floral Inspiration, Rockport Publishers. Her article, Luminous Translucence, was featured in Pastel Artist International. She has been listed in Who’s Who in American Art since 1993.

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Pat Suggs


A full-time painter and a part-time art teacher, Suggs conducts workshops, performs demonstrations for art organizations and frequently serves as juror. She has had several one-person shows and participation in group exhibitions in the U.S. Her work has won many awards all over the U.S. and her paintings are in private collections in the U.S. and in Paris, France.




Paula Ford, Tennessee

Alan Flattmann, Louisiana
Anne Hevener, Ohio

Richard McKinley, Oregon

Rae Smith, New York
Urania Christy Tarbet, California

Duane Wakeham, California
Jimmy Wright, New York



Paula Ford, Exhibition Chair

Melody Lane, Membership Chair
Sandra Burshell, Recording Secretary