The Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA) is a national, non-profit organization founded in 1990 exclusively dedicated to artists working with colored pencil. Representing several countries around the world, and with about 1600 members in 2011, CPSA provides two annual exhibitions (one online and one in conjunction with the annual convention), product research information, workshops and seminars, a newsletter, a networking directory, and district chapters across the United States.

CPSA District Chapter 109 was formed in 1994 by colored pencil artists living and working in the Washington DC. metro area - which includes Virginia and Maryland - to promote the goals of the CPSA on a local and regional basis. The Chapter’s six annual meetings provide our members with opportunities to attend educational programs, acquire new colored pencil skills and techniques, get informal critiques of new colored pencil work by their peers, and enjoy group “draw-ins.” DC109 publishes a newsletter six times a year, hosts both juried and non-juried exhibits of members’ colored pencil artwork in a variety of venues in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C., and maintains this website. DC109 is represented at the CPSA annual conference and at the concurrent CPSA Presidents’ forum, and each year several of our talented members have their work selected for inclusion in the CPSA’s international exhibition.

If you’re age 18 or over and currently a colored pencil artist, or an artist who’d like to learn more about and become proficient in colored pencil, we’d love to have you join us!


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District Chapter 109
Metro Washington DC
For upcoming DC109 events and meetings, please visit our calendar.
We've posted instructions for preparing your digital images for entry to the annual CPSA International show here, along with links to GIMP, a free, downloadable photo-editing program

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Upcoming Exhibit: A Walk in the Park
The Metro-Washington Chapter of the Colored Pencil Society of America celebrates its 25th year by focusing on the 100th anniversary of The National Park Service.

July 25 – August 27, 2016

Reception: Thursday, July 28 5:30–7pm

The Martino Gallery at Maryland Hall for the Performing Arts
801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401