Pastel painting by William Schneider
William Schneider’s “Queen of Hearts,” which previously won the Prix de Pastel (Best of Show) at the 11th IAPS Biennial Exhibition.

The International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) has awarded William A. Schneider the status of “Eminent Pastelist,” their highest designation. William was previously recognized with IAPS’s “Master Circle” designation. The honor is conferred on Master Circle members who have been accepted and/or received awards in fifteen IAPS exhibitions.

Each recipient of the Eminent Pastelist award receives a certificate and a gold pin with a ruby. These will be presented at the Fourteenth Biennial IAPS Convention in Albuquerque, NM, June 5, 2021.

Schneider commented, “I am thrilled to receive this honor, and applaud the role of IAPS in fostering the recognition of the pastel medium.”

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