Signature Membership

Signature Status Guidelines

Adopted by the PPS Board of Directors April 25, 2022

  •  A Philadelphia Pastel Society member may be considered for Signature membership after one year of membership in our organization.
  • There are2 possible paths to Signature membership:
  • Earned Signature status:  Achieved by acceptance into 3 juried national pastel exhibitions.  
    • One of these shows must be a PPS national exhibition.
    • Paintings accepted in these exhibitions must be three different pieces.
    • Artist members who feel that they are ready for Signature status based on their acceptance into 3 national exhibitions may submit their application at any time.  Their application will be evaluated by the Signature Status Committee and presented at the next scheduled Board meeting.
  • Juried Signature status:  Achieved when a candidate is accepted by a jury that examines a body of work submitted by an artist member.
    • Beginning in March 2023, PPS will conduct a jury process once a year in March for candidates who wish to apply for Signature status based upon their body of work.  Applications should be submitted by March 1 of the year in which an artist wishes to be considered. The Signature Status Committee will evaluate any applications submitted and present them to the Board of Directors by March 31
    • Beginning in March 2023, the jury will be composed of 2 nationally recognized external jurors and one PPS member who holds Signature status in a national society. External Jury members will receive an honorarium of $250 for each service.
    • Beginning in March 2026, we will form a committee of PPS Signature members to evaluate new Signature candidates.
    • When applying to be evaluated by the jury, candidates must submit a representative body of their work along with their application and resume.
    • Artists should submit their work according to the following guidelines:
      • Paintings must be in traditional dry pastel, not oil pastel.  If you use an underpainting, the surface must be 80% pastel.
      • Photograph only the paintings, without frame or background.
      • Copy your original high quality .jpg image, and name the file with artist name and the title of the painting.  (Example:  Jane_Smith_FlowersInSpring.jpg)
      • Size the image to 300 dpi and at least 1200 pixels on the longest side.
      • Size the file to no larger than 2 mb.
      • Send your images as attachments to your online application.
      • Include the title and the unframed size of each piece on your application.
      • Your artwork should be original and not copied from other artists, published materials, or photographs not taken by yourself.
      • Paintings should be completed within the last three years.
      • All styles and subjects will be accepted by the jury, but there should be a consistency of artistry among the five images.
      • Artwork may not be worked on in a school, workshop, or in the presence of an instructor.
  • Artist members who wish to apply for Signature membership should keep track of achievements that may affect their qualification for Signature status.
  • Regardless of which method a candidate uses to approach Signature status, he/she should submit a formal request accompanied by a one-page resume of their art-related experience. The application can be sent via email to the Signature Status Committee at A one time $20 fee will be required with the formal application.
  • . The resume should include information about exhibitions, awards, professional memberships, and art-related education and training. The chairperson of the Signature Status Committee will present committee recommendations to the PPS Board of Directors for review and approval.
  • A Signature status artist must maintain membership in PPS in order to continue as a Signature member.  At the discretion of the Board of Directors a grace period of up to one year may be granted when dues are late

Signature Status Application and Payment