Beginning with the 2024 show season, entries to our CPS Members Show and Renaissance in Pastel Exhibition will only be eligible to artists residing in the United States.

2024 Standard Member

Annual (Jan 1 - Dec 31)
$ 35 Yearly
  • Get exposure for your work
  • Interact with other artists
  • Access to workshops, demonstrations, critiques
  • Professional advice, perspective and guidance
  • Attend / organize plein air outings
  • CPS Newsletter
  • New Product Information & Discounts
  • CPS Workshop Discounts
  • Reduced Show Entry Fees
  • Ability to attain Signature Member status
  • IAPS exhibition eligibility, reduced convention fees

Signature Member

by Election Only, must first be a Standard Member
$ 25 Application / $45 Yearly Apply During: March, July or October
  • All Standard Member Benefits
  • Include 'CPS' in your profile title and signatures
  • Included in all Signature Member mentions

Application periods for Signature Membership are open:
March, July and October.

Signature Membership Renewal

by Election Only, must first be an Approved Signature Member
$ 45 Yearly
  • All Standard Member Benefits
  • Include 'CPS' in your profile title and signatures
  • Included in all Signature Member mentions
  • Member must be logged into their existing account to complete this renewal.

2024 Signature Gallery Member

Available to Current Signature Members
$ 75 Yearly
  • All Signature Member benefits
  • Dedicated Gallery page on the CPS website
  • Artist Bio with contact information
  • Visual exposure without the costs of hosting

The mission of CPS is to promote appreciation of pastel and to encourage its use as a fine art medium. We do this by: raising public awareness; hosting exhibitions, educational workshops and demonstrations; and producing events and publications which stimulate artists in the pastel community.

Standard CPS Member

Annual Dues: $35 per calendar year

Signature CPS Member

This membership level is available only to artists elected by CPS; see details below.

Annual Dues: $45 per calendar year
Annual Dues with website gallery page: $75 per calendar year ($45 member dues plus $30 Gallery page addition.) 

* Calendar year is January 1st through December 31st
* Dues and Fees are non-refundable.

CPS Signature Member Information

A Signature Member may use the initials “CPS” after her or his name, and their name will be included in the list of our Signature Members . In addition the artist may choose to display of up to five images of her or his paintings with their artist’s bio on the CPS website. For information on applying for Signature status, see below.

Renewing Your Membership

Logging into your CPS Member account here on the website will give you access to your membership history, and your renewal options.

To Pay By Check Or Money Order

Please Print the Membership Application Form and mail it with your check or money order. Please include an e-mail note on checks or money orders and make payable to: Connecticut Pastel Society and mail to Membership Chair Phyllis Phelps

Download form in PDF format

CPS Membership, Connecticut Pastel Society

P.O. Box 79090
Belmont, MA 02479

Note email: Heather Quay

Signature member status can be attained in either of two ways:

  1. At least thirty days after becoming a Standard Member of the Connecticut Pastel Society, and within one of the months noted below, a member may submit five digital images, a recent resume, a fee of $25.00 and an SASE to the Signature Artist Committee for consideration (see below).

  2. A CPS member who wins three awards in the CT Pastel Society Renaissance in Pastel National Exhibition, which is an open, juried show, will receive Signature status. This requires a fee of $25 (see below).

Applications for Signature Membership will be viewed three times a year: April, August and November. Submissions should be received in the months prior to review: March, July and October. Please do not send them except in these months.

How to submit your Signature Member application:

Online Option
You will need to provide your resume or artist’s biography and 5 high-quality digital images in JPG format with dimensions of at least 700px on the long side at 300dpi resolution. After the application checkout (linked above) you will have the opportunity to upload your images and documents in the Members Area.

Optionally your files can be emailed to the CPS committeeChristine Ivers  – be sure to identify them properly with your name and that they are for Signature Member consideration.


Physical Mail Option
Send the following items by mail with your 5 images on CD or thumb drive:
be sure to identify them properly with your name and that they are for Signature Member consideration.

  • A check to CPS for $25, with CPS Signature Jury Fee in the note line
  • A current resume or artist’s biography
  • A self-addressed, stamped envelope
    You’re welcomed to email CPS to expect your mail.

To: Signature Artist Committee c/o Christine Ivers, 91 Preston Drive, Meriden, CT 06450