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Today’s blog features award winning pastel artist Barbara Groff
Her detail with pastels is acknowledged constantly. Following is a bio and list of credits which are quite impressive.
PSA Signature, Master Pastelist

Barbara is internationally known for her award-winning still life paintings and the ability to accomplish remarkable detail using the traditional pastel medium. After a successful career as a graphic designer, she turned full-time professional painter in 2002. A Connecticut native and largely self-educated fine artist, she has garnered numerous awards for her pastel paintings including the Dianne B. Bernhard Gold Medal and Silver Medal Awards in Pastel. She was featured in the Pastel Journal magazine as one of the top five winners overall in their 9th Annual Pastel 100 competition. She is a designated Master Pastelist and Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, Inc.; an elected artist of the Allied Artists of America, Inc.; a signature member of the Connecticut Pastel Society and other prestigious organizations. Her work has been featured in American Art Collector, Pastel Journal, and the Portfolio section of the best selling French art magazine Pratique Des Arts. She has been listed in Who’s Who in American Art since 2007.

Awards and Exhibitions (prior five years)

Outstanding Pastel Award – Bold Brush Painting Competition, October 2019
Bold Brush Fav 15% – October 2019
Kerry Heidenis Memorial Award – Connecticut Pastel Society 33rd Annual Member Exhibition

Finalist – 2019 Richeson 75 Still Life On-line Exhibition
Pastel Excellence Award – Academic Artists Association 69th Annual National Exhibition
Piedmont Award – 27th Piedmont Annual Regional Art show
Honorable Mention – Northeast Fine Arts Exhibition of Traditional Realism
Sennelier Award – Central Mass Pastel Society National Exhibition

Accepted – 47th Pastel Society of America Annual Exhibition “Enduring Brilliance”, National Arts Club, NY, NY (China Blues Selected by Dr. Louis A. Zona, Director of the Butler Institue of American Art, to be included in an all pastel exhibit at the museum)

Pastel Frame Award – Academic Artists Association 68th Annual National Exhibition
First Place in Pastels – Red Thread Network, Fifth Annual Art Show
Bold Brush Competition Fav 15% – June
Bold Brush Competition Fav 15% – August
Merit Award – New Haven Paint & Clay Club Active members Exhibit
Bold Brush Competition Fav 15% – September
Pastel Society of America Award – Allied Artists of America 105th National Exhibition
Piedmont Award – 26th Annual Regional Piedmont Art Show
Art Spirit Foundation Dianne B. Bernhard Award – Renaissance in Pastels 25th National Exhibition

Accepted Exhibitions – Arts of Tolland 15th Annual Juried Art Show; Lyme Art Association Summer Painting and Sculpture Show; Seventh Annual Juried Multimedia Exhibit, Arts Center East; Lyme Art Association, Deck the Walls Art Show

Bold Brush Competition Fav 15% –December

Dick Blick Art Materials Award – CT Pastel Society 31st Annual Member Exhibition
First Place in Pastels – Red Thread Network, Fourth Annual Art Show
Cheap Joe’s Art Supplies Award – Academic Artists Association 67th Annual National Exhibition
Presidents Award – Renaissance in Pastels 24th National Exhibition
Finalist – 2016/2017 Art Renewal Center International Salon
Finalist – 2017 Richeson 75 Still Life On-line Exhibition
Certificate of Merit – 109th Annual Thumb-box Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, NY
Accepted Exhibitions – Arts of Tolland, CT Academy of Fine Arts, New Haven Paint & Clay Club 116th Annual Juried Exhibition, Purely Pastel, 25th Piedmont Art Show, Allied Artists of America NY, Salmagundi Member’s Centennial Exhibition

First Place in Pastels – Red Thread Network, Third Annual Art Show
Pat Scholz Memorial Award – Arts of Tolland 2016 Juried Art Show
Best in Show – Academic Artists Association 66th Annual National Exhibition
Second Place – Bill and Phyllis Baltaks Memorial Award – 2D or Not 2D 5th Annual Juried Exhibit
Piedmont Award – 24th Annual Regional Piedmont Art show
Merit Award – New Haven Paint & Clay Club, Active Members Exhibit 2016
Madison Art Society Award – Renaissance in Pastel 23rd National Exhibition
Best in Show – On and Of Paper Redux Exhibition
Dianne B. Bernhard Silver Medal Award in Pastel – Allied Artists of America, 103rd Annual Exhibition
Flora B. Giffuni & Joseph V. Giffuni Memorial Award – Pastel Society of America 44th Annual Exhibition: Enduring Brilliance!

Finalist – 2016 Richeson 75 Still Life On-line Exhibition


CPS Board of Directors Award – CT Pastel Society 29th Annual Member Exhibition

Dick Blick Award – Academic Artists Association 65th National Juried Exhibition

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