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Pastel Society of Southern California (PSSC)
2023 Make Your Mark!

Pastel Society of Southern California (PSSC)

5th ANNUAL “Make Your Mark!” International Online Open Juried Exhibition

2023 Official Prospectus


The Pastel Society of Southern California (“PSSC”) is pleased to announce our fifth international online open exhibition, “Make Your Mark!”  This juried exhibition is easy to enter and requires no framing or shipping of artwork. The final show is completely online, making it accessible for all to view and purchase artwork. Our esteemed Judges of Selections are Ellen Eagle, Julie Freeman, and Isabelle V. Lim. The exhibition features multiple cash awards. You may even enter artwork that is no longer in your possession, as long as you have an image of it. 


Online Entry Opening – May 16, 2023

Online Entry Deadline - July 16, 2023
(Final day to submit digital images and pay jurying fee to

Notice of Acceptance - July 30, 2023 (Approximate Date)

Online Show goes Live - August 1, 2023

Online Show closes - August 31, 2023

JUDGE OF SELECTIONS:  ­­Ellen Eagle, Pastel Society of America, Master Pastelist

Ellen Eagle graduated from the High School of Music and Art, N.Y., and the California College of Arts and Crafts. She later studied at the National Academy School, N.Y. and The Art Students League of New York, where she is in her 18th year of teaching. Ellen teaches portrait painting workshops throughout the country and in Italy and China. Her writings and pastel paintings have been published in many journals, newspapers, and books, including her own Pastel Painting Atelier, Watson-Guptill Publishers, N.Y.  The Newark Star-Ledger wrote that Ellen’s portraits “achieve a translucency not seen in centuries.” Ellen has held four solo shows and exhibited in many group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the country and in Asia. Her pastel paintings are in many private and corporate collections, including the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, D.C., and the Arkansas Museum of Fine Art.

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Julie Freeman is a self-taught artist from New Zealand with a passion for realism, who strives to create artwork beyond the photograph. Over the years she has developed her skills in working with pastel, using a combination of soft pastel sticks and pastel pencils. Her subject matter is varied, from coastal and nautical to the natural fauna and flora of NZ. More recently she has been exploring Still Life. Julie is a Master Pastelist with the Pastel Artists of New Zealand (MPANZ) and Australia (MPSA), a Signature member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA) and is a Master Circle member with the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS). Julie teaches privately from her studio in Auckland and teaches workshops in New Zealand and Internationally with her husband, Michael Freeman.


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JUDGE OF SELECTIONS:  Isabelle V. Lim, PSA-MP, IAPS/EP, SPF-MP, 2015 PSA Friend of Pastel 

Isabelle is a Singapore artist, an exhibition judge, art writer and art instructor. After moving around Southeast Asia for two decades, she currently lives and paints full-time in Hong Kong. Primarily self-taught in drawing and painting, Isabelle began her art education through Open College of the Art, a Fine Art Correspondence institution based in United Kingdom, under the tutelage of Edward Phelps. She received the Residency Fellowship at Vermont Studio Center, U.S.A. in 2001 & 2008, and attended other intensive courses and workshops in U.K., France, Australia and Indonesia. The diverse subjects she chooses to paint are based largely on Asian culture and the simplistic environment. She believes painting is all about colors, light and contrast. Isabelle exhibits regularly at selected international juried and invitational shows and has won numerous international art awards. She also writes for international art magazines, Pratique des Arts and Pastel Journal, and her pastel works are featured in several art books and international publications, as well as in pastel product advertisements and color charts. 

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  • To be eligible to enter the show you must be 18 or older and working in the pastel medium.
  • The show is open to both PSSC members and non-members worldwide. Each submitted image will be juried anonymously by our three judges of selection and assigned a numerical score. These scores will be averaged to determine which pieces are accepted into the exhibition. Similarly, several awards will be given to the top scoring artworks. Any numerical award ties will be broken by juror discussion. Acceptance is not guaranteed.

·       All work must be entered online through Online Juried Shows at Log in and click Enter This Show above to begin your entries.


·       Member Pricing: $30 for up to two (2) images for members of the Pastel Society of Southern California (please make sure your membership dues are current for the 2022-2023 membership year before entering the show). $10 for each additional image. There is no limit to the amount of entries allowed per artist.


·       Non-Member Pricing: $40 for up to two (2) images for any artist who is not a member of the Pastel Society of Southern California. $10 for each additional image. There is no limit to the amount of entries allowed per artist.


·       If you would like to become a member of the Pastel Society of Southern California, please visit our website at Annual dues are $30.



  • You must enter online. All entries must be submitted as digital files to For help with your entries, contact or 888-666-1351.
  • JPEG images must not show the 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, and at least 1920 pixels on the longest side, at 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 PSSC 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. You do not need to provide the release, but you should hold it for your own protection.
  • 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, whether digital or mechanical. 
  • Subject matter must be significantly different than any previously accepted entry.
  • Artwork must have been completed within the last three years (i.e., after July 16, 2020), and may not have been exhibited in any PSSC show before. Artwork submitted and accepted into this show that has been shown in a previous PSSC exhibition will be rejected, and the Artist will be ineligible for the next PSSC show. If there is a second infraction, the Artist will receive a two-year ban on entering future PSSC shows. A third infraction constitutes the Artist a lifetime ban from any future PSSC shows. These rules of ineligibility also apply to any Artist who does not use their own original material reference.
  • PSSC 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 three (3) paintings per artist will be accepted into the show.
  • Any one artist is eligible to receive up to a maximum of two (2) awards only (one ranked award and one special award).
  • PSSC reserves the right to refuse artwork that does not meet with any show rules or requirements even though accepted by the juror.


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 Southern California 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 Chris Stillians, PSSC Exhibition Vice President,, or Kath Anderson, PSSC President, at

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