Monday, September 15, 2008

Invitation for Explore This! 5 now available

Submit Entries - Sept 16 thru Nov 15, 2008
Entries accepted through

Beginning in 2009, the CPSA Explore This! exhibition will be a juried online show. This change is being made with the hope of allowing artists to display their work to a broader audience. We want to increase participation by encouraging the exploration of new materials and by appealing to artists who are not primarily colored pencil artists.

Instead of every other year, Explore This! will be held annually and acceptance into three shows within a 10 year period will earn a new signature designation, called CPX, for the artist. The winners of the top three awards will be invited to send their pieces for display in the CPSA International Exhibition that year. In addition, a full-color issue of To The Point will showcase the accepted entries.

The show specifications are also slightly different than before. Although 100% colored pencil works will still be allowed, there must be some element of the work which breaks the rules of the CPSA International Exhibition. You can do that in a number of ways, such as applying gesso or otherwise preparing the surface, cutting or tearing the paper (collage), going three-dimensional, or just by using one or more other art media (paint, ink, pastels).

So go wild and let your creative juices flow!! A sample of a creative entry for Explore This! 4 is shown above--colored pencil on a gourd!

Prospectus available at

1 comment:

William said...

Congratulations CPSA. This is a great idea. I'll be working toward work to submit to this new forum.

William Otto