Monday, January 26, 2015

Enter CPSA ArtSpectations by January 31

We’re hoping you’ve read about the Spring 2015 ArtSpectations competition in the new January issue of To The Point and are getting your submissions ready. The last day for entering is January 31, 2015.

Here are some highlights of the competition:
  • Open to members and non-members
  • Signature and non-signature categories
  • $250 Best of Show and five honorable mentions in each category
  • Each entry is $10 (up to 5 entries)
  • Entered artwork is eligible for ET! and International competitions
  • Entries previously appearing in our ET! or International exhibits are NOT eligible
  • Works completed within the last 5 years are eligible
  • Winners are posted on CPSA’s main website
  • Entries are available for viewing and commenting until June 1, 2015
  • To submit, go to

Sharon Frank Mazgaj, CPSA
"Glass Bowl and Pears"

Why would you want to enter?
  • A great way to get your “feet wet” in a competition
  • No shipping costs!
  • You are being judged with your peers
  • Website addresses can be posted with your entry so more exposure for you
  • Works can be for sale, already sold, or NFS (CPSA is not involved in any sales)
  • Work is viewable online as soon as you hit “Submit”
  • You can share your entry with family and friends and they can comment via a Facebook link
  • It’s just plain fun!
For years our CPSA members have asked for more opportunities to share their art. This competition was established for just that reason. We must support it if this opportunity is to continue.

Any questions? Please contact our exhibitions director, Ranjini Venkatachari.

Margaret Hopkins
"Who Rescued Whom?"

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Board Change in the New Year

In the January issue of To The Point news magazine for CPSA members we announced that public relations director, Betsy Jones (CA), had stepped down from her board position due to career advancement opportunities. We wish Betsy well in her new ventures.

We are now pleased to announce, effective immediately, Cindy Haase, CPSA (CO) will be returning to the CPSA board after a personal leave of absence. She will be taking on the public relations, social media and advertising responsibilities in a renamed and refocused position of marketing director. 

Cindy has served on the board since 2006 as membership director and most recently as president before she took leave. She is thrilled to be returning and we are excited to use her experience to spread the word about CPSA, our artists and their art.

Cindy Haase, CPSA (CO)
Marketing Director, CPSA

She can be reached at, and will be the administrator of our social media accounts: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and blog

CPSA is looking forward to a fantastic 2015, our 25th anniversary. May your year be full of creativity and success in all your endeavors.

Melissa Miller Nece, CPSA, CPX (FL)
President, CPSA

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Prospectus Available for CPSA's 23 Annual International Exhibition

The Colored Pencil Society of America is happy to announce the prospectus for the 23 Annual International Exhibition and Convention is now available.

This exciting exhibition features original artwork created with 100% colored pencil by artists around the globe. Entry is open equally to CPSA members and non-members. CPSA members who are accepted into the CPSA International Exhibition three times in ten years may earn their signature status.

The prestigious CIPPY Best of Show Award and many other monetary awards are announced at the convention awards banquet. Last year, cash awards totaled nearly $16,000!

Each year this exhibit and convention is held in a different city, this upcoming year being Atlanta, GA. The exhibit will be held at the beautiful Oglethorpe University Museum of Art (OUMA). This lovely space is home to an inspiring collection of artwork, and CPSA is happy to share our colored pencil masterpieces with OUMA and Atlanta.

Our honored juror this year is Donna Krueger, owner of the dk Gallery in Marietta, GA. The dk Gallery carries only original artwork and in 2011 and 2013, The Atlantan magazine called it “one of the top 20 Scene Stealers changing the conversation on the Art Scene in Atlanta. We are excited to have Ms. Krueger judge our exhibit.

Now is the time to finish up your entries and submit! The deadline for entries is March 31, 2015. The entry fee for CPSA members is $25, and for non-members $35. Remember, this is for artwork created with 100% colored pencil.

Please visit CPSA and the prospectus for the official rules and all the details regarding the 23rd Annual International Exhibition and Convention in Atlanta, GA.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Deadline For Explore This! 11 is Fast Appraoching

CPSA's 11th Explore This! exhibition deadline is coming up quickly. The final date for submissions is November 15th, so we've got just a couple short weeks left to go.

Explore This! was created to encourage artists to explore the wide range of possibilities with the colored pencil along with other media. The resulting mixed media artworks over the years have been beautiful and inspiring. If your artwork is not pure colored pencil and doesn't fit into the International exhibition, this is the juried show for you!

Our judge for ET!11 is Courtney A. McNeil, a curator of fine arts and exhibitions for Telfair Museums in Savannah, GA. She will be judging the award winners, as well as determining the entries that are to be accepted in the online exhibition.

Speaking of awards, CPSA is now giving a Best of Show and EXPY award of $2000 cash thanks to Prismacolor! We are also happy to award lesser cash and product prizes to the other award winners. In addition to the cash and product awards, all CPSA members accepted into Explore This! 11 will be on their way to earning their CPX signature status! All accepted entries will be featured on the CPSA website as well as in the To The Point Magazine, and the top three winners will be invited to display their artwork at the 23rd Annual International Exhibition and Convention in Atlanta, GA!

For a direct link to the prospectus and full details, please visit us at CPSA.

For more information about the organization, or to become a member, please visit us at

Monday, September 8, 2014

Dear artists,

CPSA is very distraught about the problems you have had with the cartage company handling the artwork for the CPSA International Exhibition this year (2014). It is not uncommon to have one or two works damaged during shipment, but who could anticipate having someone place stickers right on the Plexiglas of each work?

Since most galleries cannot receive and store over 100 pieces of artwork, CPSA locates a cartage company to pack and unpack the artwork shipped to the show. Every year we are in a different city and usually have only one or two companies to choose from. We have to trust that the handlers will act professionally, and we have no way to oversee the process or control how well the company provides that service.

Unfortunately, not all cartage companies understand the proper methods for handling fine art. To help avoid problems of this nature in the future, CPSA is compiling a list of guidelines to give these companies.

We wish to emphasize that Dispatch Depot has cooperated in handling complaints from affected artists. They meant well when they applied the labels to the artwork. We understand the annoyance this has caused, but fortunately, with careful effort, the labels can be removed without damage to the artwork or glazing.

Please understand that while CPSA makes the initial arrangements with a cartage company to handle the artwork, we have no further involvement in shipping matters. It is the responsibility of each artist to deal directly with the cartage or shipping company should damage occur.

Again, we offer our sincerest apologies,

Kay Schmidt, CPSA

Colored Pencil Society of America - Acting President

Saturday, August 2, 2014

22nd International Exhibition Award Winners Announced

The Colored Pencil Society of America is pleased to announce the winners of the 22nd International Exhibition here in Daytona Beach, FL at the Ormond Memorial Art Museum.
The top awards went to the following artists:

CPSA Best of Show and CIPPY Award ($5000)
Artist Scott Krohn, CPSA (MN)

Scott Krohn, CPSA (MN)
Stone Faced: Self-Portrait
25 x 19 inches

 CPSA District Chapters Award for Exceptional Achievement ($2000)
Artist John Smolko, CPSA,CPX (OH)

John Smolko, CPSA, CPX (OH)
Fran (Artist)
36 x 28 inches

 Dixon Ticonderoga Award for Exceptional Merit ($1000)
Arlene Steinberg, CPSA, CPX (NY)

Arlene Steinberg, CPSA, CPX
Falling Into Place
32 x 21 inches

Prismacolor Award for Exceptional Merit ($1000)
Lori Gardner, CPSA (TX)

Lori Gardner, CPSA
At Face Value
20 x 17 inches

Please visit our official list of all award winners 

This year, CPSA was able to give over $15,000 dollars in cash prizes to our award winners! We would like to thank our CPSA Corporate Members and supporters, and our District Chapters for their generosity. Without them, we would not be able to give awards such as these.
Diamond Donors ~ $5000
Colored Pencil Society of America

Gold Donors ~ $1000
Dixon Ticonderoga / Lyra

Silver Donors ~ $500
Canson /Royal Talens/Bruynzeel
Creative Art Materials Ltd./Caran d’Ache
Derwent/ColArt Americas
Legion Paper
Metro Washington, D.C.–DC 109
Portland, OR–DC 201

Bronze Donors ~ $300
Blick Art Materials
General Pencil Company
The Artist’s Magazine/North Light Books
Atlanta, GA–DC 107
Chicago, IL–DC 103
Detroit, MI–DC 104
Gainesville, FL–DC  113
Greater Cincinnati, OH–DC 119
Los Angeles, CA–DC  214
Raleigh/Durham, NC–DC  114
St Augustine, FL–DC  117
San Diego, CA–DC  202
Seattle, WA–DC  207

Thanks also to the additional donors known as
Friends of CPSA ~ up to $300

Congratulations once again to all our award winners, and to all who were accepted into this exhibition!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Stock Your Studio Raffle is Coming Up!


Once again, thanks to the generosity of CPSA’s corporate members and supporters, we have received a wonderful range of products that would be perfect additions in YOUR studio. At least 15 high value product donations will be given away as separate prizes in this year’s convention raffle.

Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.

Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor 105 pc wood box pencil set       $308 value

Prismacolor 150 color tin      $256 value

Stabilo CarbOthello wood-boxed 60 color pastel pencil set $228 value

Spectrum Noir Colored Pencils, complete range, 120 colors in five separate sets with accessories     $169 value

Derwent Artist Coloured Pencils, 72 Pencil Set in tin          $156 value

Derwent Watercolour Pencils, 72 PencilSet in tin      $156 value

Derwent Coloursoft Pencils, 48 pencil wood boxed set        $161 value

Derwent Sketching Pencils, 48 pencil wood boxed set         $162 value

Blick Studio Colored Pencils, 72 colors in wood box           $126 value

Chameleon Deluxe Pen set (gift certificate for new product, to be shipped directly to the winner when available in late August)          $99 value

Artograph 9x12 Lightpad       $157 value (if perfect; this is a factory second with a very minor flaw)

Logan 301-1 Compact Classic Mat cutter (gift certificate, to be shipped directly to the winner)           $140 value

$100 gift certificate for Speedball Art Products

Daylight Foldi lamp   $80 value

X-Acto Teacher Pro electric pencil sharpener          $70 value


Winning tickets will be drawn at the Art Gala on Thursday of convention week. We’d say you must be present to win, because tickets will only be sold at the convention – but anyone can buy tickets, so long as they have a designated person at the convention to collect the prize for them. And yes, if you buy multiple tickets, you’re eligible to win multiple prizes!