Mile High National Pastel Exhibition


The PSC sponsors its highly competitive Mile High National Pastel Exhibition at a venue in the Denver Metropolitan region every summer. Over 100 exceptional pastel paintings are selected by a nationally-recognized juror and judge from at least 300 highly competitive entries. The resulting show is an opportunity for artists to win up to $4000 in awards, art connoisseurs to expand their collections, and the public to enjoy the shimmering colors of pastels throughout the shows 4 – 8 week duration. The breadth of subjects, styles, and skills found only in pastel paintings at their best are captured in the show's beautiful catalogue. As with all artwork sold through PSC shows, the commission collected by the organization is used to fund cash awards for artists in future exhibitions.

15th Annual, PSC 2019 Mile High National Pastel Exhibition

Pastel Society of Colorado

Show Co-Chairs: Sandy Marvin & Marla Sullivan (e:


Location: Curtis Center for the Arts

2349 E Orchard Rd, Greenwood Village, CO 80121


Exhibition Dates 5.11.19 to 6.29.19


Awards Judge: Barbara Jaenicke, Juror and Judge


Barbara works in pastel and oil, and strives to capture light-filled landscapes in an impressionist style. She has earned the distinctions of Master Pastelist in the Pastel Society of America (PSA) and Eminent Pastelist in the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS), and holds Signature Memberships in the Oil Painters of America (OPA) and American Impressionist Society (AIS).


Her award highlights include 2nd Place in the 2018 AIS National Juried Show, Plein Air Magazine's Plein Air Salon competition wins in August/September 2017 (Best Water) and April/ May 2014 (2nd Place), multiple BoldBrush awards including Best of Show in March 2015, and the People's Choice award in the 2014 AIS Juried Exhibition. She has been featured in Southwest Art Magazine (October 2018), Plein Air Magazine (September 2018), Fine Art Connoisseur's "Three to Watch" column (February 2018), Southwest Art's "Artists to Watch" column (January 2017), and her work has been published numerous stints in the Pastel Journal.


After living in the Atlanta, Georgia area for 23 years, Barbara and her husband and son relocated in May of 2015 to Bend, Oregon. Primarily a landscape painter, she's excited to now explore and paint the spectacular scenery of central Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.

Click this link to download a pdf file of the 2018 PSC Mile High National Pastel Exhibition Catalog

Images from the 2018 Mile High Exhibition at  Parker Arts, Culture & Events Center

2018 Mile High National Pastel Exhibition Awards

Best of Show: $1200 & Southwest Art & Cheap Joe’s Award of Excellence & Misc.

“Desert Palms” by Susan Mayfield


1st Place: $800 & Fine Art Connoisseur & Colorado Fine Art Reproduction Award of Excellence & Misc.

“Misty Morning Light” by Xenia Sease


2nd Place: $600 & UART Award of Excellence & Misc.

“All in a Row” by Christine Ivers


Plein Air Magazine Award of Excellence

“Retired” by Dale Harding


Elizabeth Mowry Poetic Landscape Award

“The Golden Hour” by Alejandra Gos


Royal Talens Award of Excellence

“Local Economy” by Sherry Sherman


Schmincke Award of Excellence

“Marg’s Cottage” by Christina Davis


Great American Artworks Holy Cow Award

“Rocky #3” by Z L Feng

Terry Ludwig Pastels Award of Excellence

“That Look of Love” by Carole Buschmann


Schissler Academy Award of Excellence

“Pepper” by Sheila Kinsman


Pikes Peak Pastel Society Award of Excellence

“Cherry on Top” by Leslie Trujillo-Batts


Honorable Mention

“Canyon Fenceline” by Bethany Fields


Honorable Mention:

“Softly Raining” by Katherine Irish


Honorable Mention

“Fall Glow” by Norbert Nagel


Honorable Mention

“Peaking Through” by Diane Edwards


Honorable Mention

“Pekoe” by Bonnie Anthony


Award of Merit

“Saranac Locks” by Marla Sullivan

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