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Scholarships & Grants



The IAPS Global Society Grant provides the opportunity for IAPS Member Societies around the world to advance the knowledge of pastel to their members and/or spread the appreciation of the pastel medium to the public.

Eligibility: Open to IAPS Member Societies in good standing.
Award: Three grants of $1,000 USD each will be awarded across three global regions.
Application: Visit the IAPS Website: www.iapspastel.org - Education/Scholarships and Grants


Thank you to all IAPS Societies that have submitted applications for the IAPS Global Society Grant. IAPS appreciates your excitement and interest in this wonderful opportunity. Below are listed the recipients of this year's Grant with a brief description of each project.

  • The Red Rock Pastel Society of Nevada (RRPSNV) will be hosting a multi-cultural educational experience that will take place in Penza, Russia, at the Penza Art Gallery. Events include Exhibition of historical works from the Penza Art Gallery permanent collection combined with contemporary artists from around the globe, demonstrations, Kids pastel presentation, and a pastel presentation for the Penza Art College. There will also be a virtual component to some of these events for viewers to enjoy around the world.

  • Chicago Pastel Painters (CPP) will be promoting the beauty of pastel at local Chicago High schools and other educational institutions. With input from the founder of the Illinois High School Art Exhibition (IHSAE), ArtConnectED, and support from Blick Art, CPP will be hosting evening events focused on the pastel medium to area high school teachers. Individual teachers that attend these events that teach AP and upper-level art classes will then invite the demonstrators to their high schools.

  • The Pastel Artists of New Zealand (PANZ) will be hosting the 20th National Pastel Convention and Exhibition in 2022. This is a 5-week exhibition with approximately 30,000 visitors. During this time PANZ will provide pastel demonstrations and "Have a Go" events allowing the public to have hands-on experience with pastel. Visiting pastelist Lyn Diefenbach, the convention's guest artist, will also travel around New Zealand teaching workshops and spreading hands-on learning to a broader audience throughout the country.

We look forward to seeing presentations about one or more of these projects at the 2022 Convention.

UCT Scholarship

The Urania Christy Tarbet Legacy Scholarship (the UCT Scholarship) provides the opportunity for a small number of individual pastel artists to study with an IAPS-recognized instructor of their choice in a hands-on workshop environment at the biennial IAPS Convention. Initiated by and named after IAPS founder Urania Christy Tarbet, the scholarship program honors her wish to encourage, support and advance the artistic endeavors of pastel artists who are affiliated with IAPS member societies.

The scholarship application period for the 2022 Convention ended on September 15, 2021. The IAPS Scholarship Committee will be in contact with all those who applied and Award recipients will be notified on or before October 15, 2021. Thank you for your applications!

Previous winners of the UCT Scholarship are:
Linda S. Boatwright
Christine Bodnar
Eileen Casey
Barbara Clark
Heather Collins
Hilarie Couture
Rita Elaine Elkins
Claudette Gamache
Judy Greenwald
Sue Hunter
Jan Hutchinson
Lucinda Johnson
Renee Leopardi
Lorraine McFarland
Louise Muelhaupt
Charles Peer
Sally Prince
Janice St Marie
Monique Straub
Ingrid Van Slyke
Jill Wagner
Stephen S. Zigich

UCT Scholarship Instructors have included:
Alan Flattmann
Terri Ford
Liz Haywood-Sullivan
Kim Lordier
Brenda Mattson
Carol Peebles
Maggie Price
Urania Christy Tarbet