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Welcome to the IAPS Eleventh Biennial Convention!

Tuesday, June 2 - Sunday, June 7, 2015



We had an overwhelmingly positive response to our open registration. Registration and the waiting list are now closed. Note that existing Registrants can still add available classes. Both the Saturday Night Banquet and Thursday Welcome Buffet tickets are also sold out. The Hotel Albuquerque and Best Western Rio Grande are sold out for the main convention dates. You can go to HOTELS for alternative lodging information.

We are pleased to introduce you to the exciting 2015 IAPS Eleventh Biennial Convention program, full of demonstrations, workshops, pastel materials, exhibitions and gatherings! Our team has been working since the end of the last convention to bring you the very best pastel has to offer. We have scheduled lively demonstrations and must-do workshops from the best instructors who are coming from around the world to teach at IAPS. Your favorite pastel and art material vendors will be here with venerable products as well as new temptations. And the pastel paintings displayed at the PastelWorld Exhibitions are not only the best in the medium but will provide inspiration and encouragement.

Many of you will be new to the IAPS Convention and we extend to you a huge welcome to our pastel party. For those who have attended previous conventions, you will see that there are some changes in the daily activities and overall schedule, including new items, and a streamlined program based on your feedback. As a result we expect many people may decide to arrive on Wednesday or earlier. So even if you are a seasoned conventioneer, please take a minute to read what is new and different for 2015.

New and Notable for 2015

IAPS PastelWorldPastelWorld Opening and
Awards Reception

will be on Wednesday Evening.
  IAPS Registration DeskThe Registration Desk will open on Wednesday afternoon so you can pick up your registration package and wear your badge to the PastelWorld opening. Early workshop attendees will not need them until Wednesday.
Workshops• Two Day Workshops
will run Tuesday and Wednesday

• One Day Workshops
will start on Wednesday and end on Workshop Sunday
  The Trade ShowThe Trade Show
Now starts on Thursday and runs Friday and Saturday so vendors can close up and return home on Sunday, which has always been a slow day as many attendees leave in the morning for flights home.
Thursday’s ActivitiesThursday’s Activities Include:
• Trade Show Opening
• One day workshops
• Afternoon Demonstrations
• President’s Forum
• The Traditional "Paint Around"
• Welcome Buffet and Party
  Paint AroundPaint Around
Our popular Thursday kick-off event returns with 5 artists working sequentially on all five paintings. Paintings will go to Silent Auction with proceeds funding the UCT Scholarship, which allows artists to attend pastel workshops.
The President’s ForumThe President’s Forum
An expanded Forum on Thursday offers a full day of pertinent topics and discussions related to managing a successful pastel society. Presidents and/or their representatives are invited to attend Thursday’s program which now includes a luncheon and the Biennial President's Meeting.
  Welcome Buffet DinnerWelcome Buffet Dinner
Held in the beautiful Hotel Albuquerque courtyard, this event allows you mingle and meet old friends and new. Wear your badge as this is included in your registration. Non-registered guests can purchase tickets online or at the registration desk. Music by the High Altitude Band!
IAPS PastelWorldPastelWorld Exhibitions
Include the 26th IAPS Juried Exhibition, the Third Master Circle Exhibition, and the Instructors Exhibition. All told over 150 award-winning pastels from around the world will be on display. Mini-lectures and guided walk-throughs daily.
  Saturday BanquetSaturday Banquet
A highlight of the Convention is our optional Saturday dinner. Awards Presentations, a Guest Speaker, and Silent Auctions accompany this delicious dinner. Tickets are recommended to be purchased in advance when you register.

Our Convention Location

Hotel Albuquerque

Once again, our headquarters is the Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This has been our best and most popular location and the hotel makes us very welcome. For 2015, they have kept the same room rate as we paid in 2011, which allows us to pass the saving onto you by keeping our cost increases very minimal. The hotel is conveniently located adjacent to old Town making it possible to enjoy many local attractions without needing a car. All sleeping rooms at the Hotel Albuquerque are blocked for IAPS for the main convention dates and room reservations need to be booked through the hotel directly, either by phone or online as explained on the hotel information page. Tell them you are with the IAPS Convention to receive the special rate.

Since our convention has grown we expect the hotel to fill quickly. An additional block of IAPS rooms is also held at the Best Western Rio Grande Inn, just two blocks away with free shuttle service.

For more information and how to make reservations go to: Hotels page

We look forward to seeing you at the IAPS Eleventh Biennial Convention!
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