Maryland Pastel Society membership


Applying for Signature Membership

SIGNATURE MEMBER - Annual Dues $35

Signature Members may serve as elected board members and may be committee coordinators.

There are two paths to Signature Membership. An applicant may submit his or her work to be juried, in accordance with the instructions below. Alternatively, Artist members of the MPS in good standing are eligible for Signature membership after being accepted into three MPS juried exhibitions, calculated retroactively to the MPS's 2011 Shades of Pastel show. Eligibility is granted after being accepted into three separate shows; it is not based on the number of paintings juried into any single show.

If you choose to submit your work for jurying for Signature membership: scroll to the bottom of the page for a guideline of the "Principles of Design"; this is the document that the MPS uses in its review of applications for Signature Members, and it may assist you in critiquing your own work prior to submitting it for review. You will also find a downloadable Signature Membership Application Form.

In addition to the benefits of Artist membership, Signature Member artists may:

  1. Exhibit artwork in all MPS Signature Member exhibitions;
  2. Have two images displayed on a Gallery Page on the MPS website;
  3. Be a "Featured Artist" in the MPS quarterly news update; and
  4. Serve on the MPS Executive Board.

The artwork you submit for jurying must:

  1. Have been executed primarily (51% or more) in soft pastel;
  2. Be of your own original concept and execution, not derived from any published or created images to which you do not hold the copyright;
  3. Not have been executed in whole or in part in an instructor-led classroom or workshop setting; and
  4. Have been completed within the past two years
To have your work juried for MPS Signature membership, please see the table below. Click on the link at the bottom of the page to get the application form.

You may email the items noted below; (2) resume, (3) images and (4) list of artwork.
At this time, items (1) application form and (5) check(s) must be mailed, addresses are below this table.

EmailUS mail5 Steps

- 1 -
Application form, completed, signed and dated.
- 2 -
A one-page resume listing your exhibitions, awards, professional memberships, and art-related education and training.
- 3 -
5 images:
  • MAIL: A CD containing 5 digital images of your work to be juried; images should be high resolution (300dpi) and no larger than 1800 pixels on the longest side. Name each file with the title of the painting it represents. Use a permanent marker to label the CD with your name (no stick-on labels)
  • ELECTRONIC: Attach 5 images to your email, no larger than 1800 pixels on the longest side. Name each file with the title of the painting it represents.
- 4 -
A list of the artwork that includes the titles and sizes (unframed) of all five paintings

- 5 -
One or two checks made out to the Maryland Pastel Society:
  • If you are currently an MPS Artist member with paid-up dues, send 1 (one) check for $10, for the additional Signature Member annual dues.
  • If you are not currently an MPS member, send 2 (two) checks: one for $25 (for Artist Member annual dues) and a separate check for $10 for the additional Signature Member annual dues.
Include the date you mailed your paperwork in your email message.
US Mail:
MPS c/o K Risk
BALTIMORE MD 21211-2245
The MPS Jury Committee reviews images and resumes four times a year and provides its recommendation to the MPS Executive Board for consideration at the Board's quarterly meetings. Meeting dates and application deadlines are listed on our website here: Calendar. Our membership chair will contact you with the results within a week after the Board accepts the Committee's recommendation. If you have any questions, please send them to