At this point you cannot register, make changes, or purchase banquet tickets until you are at the convention.  The registration desk will open on Thursday, June 6 at 1:00PM and remain open throughout the convention days. You may register in Albuquerque, registration fees will be $5 higher and there will be the option of a one day registration for Friday, Saturday or Sunday at $60 per day.  With the one day registration, you may sign up for any classes only on the day you select.

We certainly hope you will not have to cancel, but if you do, just send an email to Susan Webster,  cancellation fees are explained on this website HERE.

The only exception to the above is that if we get cancellations on pre-convention workshops, we will post a notice on the convention blog at and you can contact Susan to book. Space is still available on MC1, WS2, WS6. If you want to book one of these, email Susan.


Saturday, June 8, 2013

Reception (Cash Bar) 6:30 • Banquet begins at 7:30

The Saturday Night Banquet is a favorite event during the biennial Convention. In addition to a chance to enjoy a delicious meal and the company of other artists, the program during the banquet offers some special features.


Keynote Presentation: Ten Ways to Sell Your Paintings

Our Keynote Speaker will be Jason Horejs, owner (with his wife Carrie) of Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona. In spite of opening their gallery on September 11, 2001, into a completely changed art world, the Horejs built the gallery into a successful venture, showing dozens of artists and selling to collectors from around the world, including major municipal and private collections.

In 2008, Jason developed a series of art marketing workshops designed to help artists better understand the gallery business and better prepare themselves to approach galleries. This series of workshops has helped thousands of artists get organized to show and sell their work through galleries.

“I discovered,” he says, “that there was very little information out there for the aspiring professional artist regarding the business side of art, especially in terms of the crucial relationship between the artists and the fine art gallery. Even artists who have graduated with master’s degrees leave school having never heard a word about how to approach galleries.”

His book on the subject, “Starving” to Successful: The Fine Artist’s Guide to Getting into Galleries & Selling More Art, was published in August of 2009. Today it ranks as a bestseller in the art business section on Amazon.com. His second book, How to Sell Art: A Systematic Approach to Creating Relationships with Collectors and Closing the Sale, was published in 2011. 


Presentation of Master Circle Medallions

At each Convention, artists who have accumulated sufficient points by acceptance and/or awards in IAPS exhibitions to reach Master Circle status receive their Gold Medallions. These are a beautiful and enduring symbol of achievement, and presentation of the medallions is a special feature of the Banquet.

In 2012, IAPS established the designation of Eminent Pastelist. Artists who have reached Master Circle status can continue to accrue points towards Eminent Pastelist. At this convention, we will have the first presentations of the Eminent Pastelist awards and pins. For more information about these awards and recipients, see the IAPS Honors pages.


Presentation of Golden Mentor Awards

There are people whose efforts create opportunities for others; individuals who support the medium of pastel and the IAPS organization, giving unselfishly of their time and energies so that others may benefit. We acknowledge these people at each Convention with the Golden Mentor Award. For a list of previous honorees, see the Golden Mentor page.

Some banquet tickets may be on sale in Albuquerque on Thursday afternoon, but will be subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed.