Chicago Pastel Painters

An artist pastel society based in the Chicago area

Join the Chicago Pastel Painters!

CPP welcomes all artists, at any ability level, as well as all art lovers and patrons, as members. The love of the pastel medium is what binds us as one creative community in promoting the diversity and luminosity of pastels.


  • Meeting and interacting with other pastelists
  • Entering member juried shows
  • Acquiring discounts for workshops
  • Participating in various programs and activities
  • Receiving an online quarterly newsletter
  • Being eligible to receive CPP Signature Status
  • Having member’s website linked from CPP’s webpage
  • Eligible to enter the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) exhibitions
  • PLUS an option to have a Member Gallery Page associated with CPP’s webpage. Click here to learn more

Membership Term

  • One year, January 1 through December 31
  • Dues are $35.00 per year and can be paid either online by PayPal or by mail by check
  • Click here to become a member

Membership Designations

  • Signature Status – CPP
    To receive CPP Signature Status, an artist must a member in good standing and be juried into 3 different CPP exhibitions,
    either Member or National

  • Distinguished Signature Member – CPP-D
    To receive CPP Distinguished Status, an artist must be a member in good standing and must receive 3 awards
    in 3 different CPP exhibitions, either Member or National

  • Master Signature Designation
    CPP-M To receive CPP Master Status, an artist must be a member in good standing and receive 3 awards
    in 3 different CPP National exhibitions

  • Honorary Signature Status
    CPP-H To receive CPP Honorary Status, an artist must be selected by CPP’s Board in showing their achievement
    of advancing the merits and goals of CPP

  • Volunteers

    We are a society completely run by volunteers. We welcome and encourage involvement. So if you love the medium of pastel, this organization guarantees to be a very satisfying outlet. If there is something of specific interest to you it may also be of interest to others. So planning an activity, writing an article, helping with existing activity, will be greatly appreciated. If you have any other knowledge, abilities, connections that may be beneficial to the Chicago Pastel Painters, please contact us This is your society, the level achieved by any organization is directly related to the involvement of its members.