The Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA) was founded in 1990 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to artists over 18 years of age working with colored pencil. With about 1600 members worldwide and over 25 district chapters in the US, CPSA provides opportunities for colored pencil artists to network. The Society is run by a governing board consisting of thirteen artists and professionals who volunteer their service to ensure benefits to the membership and the future success of the organization.
The Society provides two opportunities for colored pencil artists to exhibit their work. Both exhibitions offer cash awards and are juried to promote the highest aesthetic standards of fine art to the public.
Explore This! Exhibitions
Signature Status & Merit Awards
• 3 times within 10 years - signature pin
Artists must maintain continuous membership to qualify for these honors. Any lapse results in loss of prior acceptances and forfeiture of signature status.
Workshops—Each year two nationally known colored pencil artists present hands-on orkshops. CPSA provides the most professional classes available. Pricing differs for members and non-members.
Membership Meeting—An informal meeting allows members and guests to network, exchange information, meet the national board, win prizes and view all images submitted for the current exhibition.
Silent Auction—Started in 1999, the silent auction offers an opportunity for attendees to bid on and purchase original colored pencil artwork donated by signature and award winning artists.
Convention Week (continued)
Artists’ Reception—The final event is a reception at the gallery to celebrate the exhibited art and award winners. This event is open to the public.
Special Events—Depending on the situation, CPSA may schedule other special events such as field trips to areas of interest, seminars about art-related subjects by prominent guest speakers, trade shows with product manufacturers, or short sessions about marketing and other art-related topics.
CPSA Website & Blog
From the district chapter page, you can access their websites and contact district chapter presidents. The CPSA website also provides links to the websites of our Patrons & Sponsors for information about their products as well as links to the websites of our members.
Product Research and Lightfastness
When an ASTM subcommittee was formed to develop a standard for colored pencils in 1993, the product research director attended the meetings as the CPSA representative. This research culminated in the writing of ASTM D6901 Standard Specification for Artists’ Colored Pencils in 2003. Bruynzeel/Royal Talens, Derwent, and Prismacolor were also involved in the development of this standard, as were consumers, collectors, the National Gallery of Art, the Canadian Art Institute, museum conservators, art product manufacturers, retailers, and wholesalers.
Once manufacturers officially comply with the standard, their colored pencils will be marked with lightfastness symbols I and II. Advantages of having the colored pencil lightfastness standard include: