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2023 It's Pastel!

PSNH 15th National Juried Exhibition

Dates: October 28 to November 18, 2022
Location: Portsmouth Historical Society & Virtual Show

Juror of Selection: Barbara Jaenicke, Master Pastelist of PSA & Eminent Pastelist of IAPS
Juror of Awards:  Ann Strutz, a Signature Member of PSA & IAPS Master Circle Recipient


Announcing our 15th National Juried Show, It's Pastel!  We're so excited to reveal that this year's event is returning to the Discover Portsmouth Center of the Portsmouth Historical Society.  Discover Portsmouth is in the cultural heart of the seacoast town of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The gallery is elegantly situated on the second floor of a historic building which once was the main city library. It is known for the high caliber of the exhibitions displayed throughout the year. Restaurants and shops are within walking distance for the many visitors who come to the center for information, and for residents who are aware of the high-quality art shown there. The gallery is open seven days a week from 10 until 5 and is knowledgeably staffed. The show in its entirety will also be posted to our website after the opening reception & awards ceremony. 

It's Pastel!  National Juried Exhibition 2023 Full Prospectus


• Open to all artists in the United States ONLY. No International entries.

• Artists may enter up to 3 digital images.

• Work must be ORIGINAL SOFT pastels only (No less than 80%). No oil pastels. No classroom or workshop work allowed. If painted from a photograph, it must be the artist’s own photo.

• No works from any previous Pastel Society of New Hampshire (PSNH) exhibitions, including our PSNH member show.

• Paintings must have been completed after January 1, 2021.

• A painting that has received top awards (Best in Show, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prize) at any International or National Juried Show as of September 11th is not allowed.

• All paintings are for sale. No NFS.

• No more than 1 painting per artist will be accepted.

Entry Fee:

Up to 3 Digital Images:  PSNH Members - $40

                                          Non-Members  -   $50
Exhibition entry is via Show Submit. If you are uncertain about your membership status, please contact our Membership Chair:


Tuesday, July 11, 2023 - Registration opens.

Monday, September 11, 2023 – All entries must be received.

Tuesday, September 19, 2023 – Notification will be emailed to artists.

Wednesday, October 18, 2023 – Delivery of all shipped work.

Sunday, October 22, 2023, 3-5pm – Drop off accepted work

Saturday, October 28, 2023, 5:30-7:30pm – Opening reception, Awards Ceremony, Gallery Talk (Ann Strutz)

Saturday, November 18, 2023 – Exhibit Closes.

Sunday, November 19, 2023, 10am-12pm – Pick up


Size Limit: Maximum 45” in any direction (including frame). Accepted work must be clean, securely framed and ready to hang. No sawtooth hangers allowed. If mats are used, white, off-white, or neutral mats are recommended. Gallery framing standards are expected.

Painting must be identical to the accepted digital entry. Paintings not meeting the requirements will be rejected. Images of accepted work will be retained for PSNH archives.

The artist grants permission to reproduce work for publicity purposes, both in print and digital galleries. Copyright will be attributed to the artist. Entry into this exhibition constitutes agreement with all conditions set forth in this prospectus and Entry Form and is your commitment to participate.

Your entry form is a legal and binding contract to deliver artwork that has been juried into the show. If, after being juried in, an entrant chooses not to deliver artwork, he or she may not enter a PSNH show for a period of two years.


Sales: A 40% commission will be taken for all sold work.

Awards: $6,000 in awards are given including cash, products and gift certificates.

Thank you to Our 2023 Sponsors!!

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