IAPS17th

IAPS 17th Statistics


This is the basic statistics from the recent IAPS 17th web show. I will not attend to comment data since the statistics is always prone to different interpretations. The great majority of the PSA members also have their local pastel societies and that is the confusing moment in this statistic, but for the simplicity sake I treat them as any other society.
72 paintings in the finals out of 850 entries.
27 Societies have representatives in the finals, out of 70 registered as IAPS member.
The Pastel Society of America is the absolute winner with 21 pastels, and 7 of those are in the top 9.
More than one painting is coming from West Coast PSWC (6), Southeastern (5), Canada (4), Colorado (3), Connecticut (3), Maryland (3), Great Lakes (2), New Mexico (2), Maine (2), Adirondack (2), San Diego (2), Mid America (2). There are 12 more societies with one representative.
66 paintings are by USA artists, 4 from Canada, 1 from Europe (Sweden), 1 from Australia.
Landscapes (22), Portrait and Figure (20), Still Life and floral (19), Animals (10), Abstract(1).
My favorite non-awarded paintings on the above collage are from Ted Fuka, Mike Beeman, Colleen Caubin and Donna Yeager.
It would be good to hear your comments on this stats and how you like the exhibited works.

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10 thoughts on “IAPS 17th Statistics”

  1. It is a beautiful show; congratulations to those whose paintings were judged as excellent. Being in the 778 not accepted, for me this means re-evaluate my entries and try to understand what I can do to make them better; study the accepted paintings and try to actually see what their strength is and what makes them great.

  2. I don’t think the stats on the pastel societies are necessarily significant because, as you mentioned, many people belong to more than one IAPS member society. To me, the subject stats are more interesting, although I don’t know that they mean much either. πŸ˜‰

    I absolutely loved Margaret Dyer’s “Three Dancers.” Masterfully executed and stunning, IMO.

  3. Carolyn, your work is beautiful and I’m sure you’ll get in on some other occasion :). I’ve added a link on this blog to your site.

  4. Congratulations Kari, it was good to recognize your work among the finalists. I can only brag that I recognized your work before IAPS did πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  5. I’m a newbie to the world of juried shows, this was my first time entering. Thanks for appreciating Tuddy, its one of my best works, and inspired by the great animal artist Bruno Lijefors (1860-1939), the dandelions are borrowed from one of his paintings, he had a tabby named Jeppe he painted several times. Tuddy is my friend’s cat, and he looks like this
    at dinnertime coming through the backyard. I’m stunned to be in the company of so many good artists, like Kari and the others.

    re the shows….Tuddy was in a local show and didn’t even place 5th in the animal category or pastels,( tho there were only 10 pastels) so you never know why some get in and others don’t. Have to say in that local show some really mediocre work got ribbons, but I still knew Tuddy was a fine work. So you may have a fine work and not get in because of the mystery of juries. I do feel that the IAPS group shows great diversity, and a well rounded choices, one of the best I’ve seen. Doing animals is not considered “high art” like portraits still life and landscape, in the art world. so having several is a real bonus

  6. Interesting statistics, Mario. Of course, there are many more pastellists in the US, so no wonder they dominate. The selected paintings are of an interesting wide variety in styles and subject, a delight to see.

    One ‘secret’ behind how juries think is that they’ve seen soooo many paintings that they tend to go for what is a bit unusual. But, it is truly a lottery, especially with so many high-quality paintings. The IAPS president herself didn’t get into one show with a painting, but still believed in it, entered it in another show, and won!

    Jurying is hard, really hard, and having done it, I know that not getting in isn’t in any way a reflection of the competence of an artist. Enter another show, with other judges, and the result will be very different.

  7. What and interesting topic Mario, but I do think the statistics can be misleading. I am a member of the Pastel Society of America, The West Coast Pastel Society, The Degas Society and the Great Lakes Pastel Society. Whenever I show with IAPS I list my membership as Great Lakes Pastel Society because I live in Michigan and location makes me a more active member. It would be interesting to see how many pastel artists belong to different societies and why.

    This is a great blog, I get a lot of traffic to my website through your listing. Thank you!

  8. Hi Colleen,
    The “Tuddy” has a drama and it is very well executed. I can only congratulate again, and as you can see I put it as my favorite πŸ™‚
    About your local show… Don’t go there any more, go for the big ones πŸ™‚

  9. Hi Charlotte,
    The whole pastel Europe is proud because of you!!!! Thanks for the demo of your winning piece!
    If anyone is interested, please check Charlie’s blog for the 4 steps demo of the Orchid and Chopsticks.


  10. Vianna Szabo:

    What and interesting topic Mario, but I do think the statistics can be misleading. I am a member of the Pastel Society of America, The West Coast Pastel Society, The Degas Society and the Great Lakes Pastel Society. Whenever I show with IAPS I list my membership as Great Lakes Pastel Society because I live in Michigan and location makes me a more active member. It would be interesting to see how many pastel artists belong to different societies and why.

    This is a great blog, I get a lot of traffic to my website through your listing. Thank you!

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    Vianna, it is good for you to be member of so many societies. It’s not really important to have clear statistics which is not that important anyways. It is just fun to sometimes play with numbers!

    I’m happy that you get traffic from my blog, but at the end all credit goes to your art!!!! Keep those beautiful portraits coming πŸ™‚

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