Meet the Juror

Thank You to Our 2021 Juror!

Nancie King Mertz
Eminent & Master Pastelist
Chicago, Illinois

We couldn’t be more excited to welcome the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) 2018 Prix de Pastel recipient, Nancie King Mertz, to our 2021 program.

An award-winning artist, Nancie has spent her lifetime painting in oil & pastel. She was awarded the Master Circle Medallion by the IAPS in 2015, their Eminent Pastelist distinction in 2018, and is also a Master Signature member of the Pastel Society of America and the Chicago Pastel Painters. She teaches across the US and internationally and is on the faculty for the Plein Air Convention and the IAPS Convention. She has been named the 2020 Guest of Honor by the French Pastel Society, where a show of her work will be featured in Giverny, France. Note: Due to COVID-19, Mertz' appearance as Guest of Honor has been moved to Spring 2021.

Mertz has traveled to nearly 20 countries and around the US for inspiration, however, Chicago remains her favorite city to explore and paint, where she was twice named “Artist of the Year”.

Collectors marvel at the beauty she finds in the urban setting and have said she “softens the edges of the city”. See her work on many of the Chicago-themed TV shows such as the Good Wife and Chicago Fire.