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PGE membership

You are warmly welcome to join PGE, whether you are from Europe or farther afield. Our members come from more than 30 different countries all over the world.

We use guild ranks for the different membership levels.

Apprentice membership

All welcome 

Fee: 20 €/year

This is an associate, not a full membership. The fee is 15€/year.This level is meant for beginners who are learning the medium and/or learning to paint, for supporters, or for those who want to try out membership in the Guild.

Benefits :

  • Participation in our monthly member competition, the Get Dusty

  • All your Get Dusty entries will be shown in a public long term gallery

  • Receive our online pastel magazine, the Pastel Scribbler; besides presenting the Get Dusty winners and the judges' comments, our magazine contains articles about exhibitions, demos by well-known pastel artists and much more

  • Welcome to publish articles in our pastel magazine

  • An extensive members-only archive with articles about pastel painting techniques

  • Networking with other pastel artists in our artist forum

  • A public profile with link to your website and your personal gallery with 3 images of artwork

Journeyer membership

A juried membership level

Fee: 30 €/year

The Journeyer (a gender neutralized form of journeyman) level is for the artist who aims to be professionally serious about their art and have attained certain skills with the medium.
Applicants for journeyer membership must send their application to with images of three paintings (JPG format only, minimum length or width 800 pixels, size minimum 300kb).
Associate members can apply for Journeyer level any time during the year. If accepted, the difference between the Associate fee and the Journeyer fee will have to be paid by applicant. The system calculates this on a pro rata basis. When/if you are granted the Journeyer membership, you will get information about how to proceed, and you will be given the means to upgrade your member level in your profile/subscriptions.


Same as above, with the below additions:
A personal gallery  with 6 images of artwork

Voting right in the Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Eligible to committees

Eligible to the board; for specifications, see PGE bylaws

Eligible to Signature membership

Membership via PGE of IAPS (International Association of Pastel Societies). Journeyer Members may enter IAPS shows and contests. Be sure to sign up for the IAPS newsletter on the IAPS site!

Welcome to submit tutorials, demos and advertise for workshops


Signature membership

A juried membership level. Fee: 30€/year

A PGE Signature member not only has to be an experienced and highly skilled pastellist, but someone who actively contributes to PGE by sitting on committees, writing articles, moderating in the forum, helping with the website, finding sponsors etc.This type of membership has to be earned. The board will meet once a year and consider which journeyer members deserve to be promoted to signature status. The candidates will then be contacted and asked to apply by sending in an artist statement, listing their artistic achievements (winning the Get Dusty, being juried into exhibitions, teaching pastel painting etc.)The final decision will be made by a jury of members of the PGE board who will later be joined by PGE signature members.



add PGE to your signature

a bio page on the PGE website 

a personal gallery with 10 images of artwork












PGE members' countries

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