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Pastel 100 Art Contest

When the Morning Wakes II by Heidi Westum

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There is just something about pastel art that help us recall a simpler, Impressionistic sort of time, when the lines were blurred and colors were muted. We love pastels here at Fine Art America, and we want you to love them too. For that reason, we have a new contest to tell you about, the Pastel 100 Art Contest sponsored by Pastel Journal. If you are an artist that is as in love with pastels as we are, have a look at the contest, so keep reading below.

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Pastel Journal

The Pastel Journal was created in 1999 by artists and lovers of pastels in art, because they felt pastels were being shortchanged and overrun by other art media. The journal is printed in Cincinnati by a publishing company that began publishing over 100 years ago about farm life and farm information, and has since moved on to publish a variety of publications with an emphasis on small magazines and Midwestern publications.

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Guidelines and Prizes

The online only entries are due September 4th. Each entry you submit is $35. Your JPEG files have to be under 5 MB, so make sure you do not take a huge picture. If contacted by the magazine, you will need to be able to send a high resolution file of print quality if the jurors ask for it, which must be at least a 5×7, but ideally an 8×10 photo.

The art piece you select for judging must be at least 80% soft pastels, as no oil pastels can be used. Nupastels are considered soft pastels for the purposes of the contests. As always, your work entered in the contest must be an original, non-coached work. If your work has been previously published or has won a national or local contest, it is not eligible for entry. The art will be judged by a juried panel of pastel artists with different specializations. For example, there are pastel artists on the panel that specialize in portraits, while another judge may specialize in landscapes.

The prizes for this contest will include several different categories. First prize is $5000 cash, while second place is $2500 cash. Third prize is an award of pastels and surfaces worth over $2000. Fourth place is also pastels and surfaces worth over $1500. A fourth place victory is pastels and surfaces worth over $1000. There are also 25 category prizes, which are pastels and papers gain awards in amounts of up to $500. Honorable mentions, as well as all other winners, will have their art featured in the magazine.

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So, if you are one of the people who love pastels, why not enter the contest? You have nothing to lose, and any of our artists will tell you, publication of your art is never a bad thing. While you think about entering the contest, why not have a look at some of our pastels? We bet you find something you love in our collection of pastels, and find something you cannot seem to live without. It happens to us all the time.

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