Butler Museum displays Pastel Society of America winners

“Enduring Brilliance!,” the 45th exhibition of the Pastel Society of America, opens Saturday at the Butler Institute of American Art.

A primary mandate of the Pastel Society of America is to provide a forum for the exhibition of works by the most accomplished pastel artists in the United States and abroad. Since 1972 the PSA’s “Enduring Brilliance!” has been held in September in the Grand Gallery of the National Arts Club, a historic mansion located on Gramercy Park in Manhattan.

The Butler hosts a smaller exhibition drawn from works selected for the PSA show. This year’s Butler show features 33 works chosen from the 177 pieces shown in New York. Jurors Gwenneth Barth-White, Robert Carsten and Jimmy Wright assembled the exhibition from nearly 1,300 works submitted by 575 artists. Of those artists, 452 were PSA members and 123 were nonmembers.

More than $41,000 in cash and material awards were chosen by Charlotta Kotik, former curator of contemporary art at the Brooklyn Museum.

The show will be on display through Feb. 4 in the Flora Giffuni Gallery at the Butler, 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown. The Giffuni Gallery is named for the founder of the Pastel Society of America and is dedicated to displaying works created with pastels.

Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 330-743-1107.

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