Carol Robinson Gallery
840 Napoleon Avenue (at Magazine Street), New Orleans, LA 70115
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Sandra Burshell



During my personal search for the meaning of life came the realization that humans are a small, but influential part of the greater whole.

The human figure has a beauty and majesty of its own. A figure portrayed usually becomes the focal point, but by sublimating the details of the face and emphasizing the light source, I can integrate the figure in the setting. After years of drawing, my figures have come to fit more comfortably in their own environments.

This show portrays moody lit scenes, where I seek to find beauty, from the mundane to the sublime with use of light and shadow, atmosphere and mood.

Man is present, whether visually in the scene or just by his footprint. My works are a way to explore the inorganic, non-living world and the where the human influence exists, integrating the setting and the individual, hence, FINDING OUR PLACE.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2016, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2001 - Carol Robinson Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Terrebonne Museum, Houma, Louisiana
Gallery Shva, Beersheva, Israel

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017 - Tennessee Valley Art Museum, Three Pastel Artist Invitational, Tuscumbia, AL
2016 - New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, Ann Miniature Show, New Orleans, LA
2016 - Northwest Florida State College, N. Florida Pastel Society, 14th Biennial Juried Show
2016 - Slater Museum, Renaissance in Pastel Exhibition, Connecticut Pastel Society, Norwich, CT
2016 - Pastel Society of America, 44th Annual National Exhibition, New York, NY
2015 - International Association of Pastel Societies, Masters Showcase, Albuquerque, NM
2011-2015 - Pastels by Invitation, Creative Arts Center, Chatham, MA
2015 - Third Master Circle Exhibition, International Association of Pastel Societies
2014 - New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, Group Invitational
2013 - Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, Degas Pastel Exhibition
2012 - Contemporary Arts Center: NOLA NOW II: The Human Figure, New Orleans, LA
2012 - Scottsdale Exhibition Gallery, Pastel Power Invitational, Scottsdale, Arizona
2012 - New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, Self-Portrait Show, New Orleans, LA
2012, 2011 - Pastels by Invitation, Chatham, Massachusetts
2011 - Madden Museum, Windows to the Divine, Denver, Colorado
2011 - Abend Gallery, Pastel Invitational, Denver, Colorado
2011, 2002 - Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio
1991-2011 - New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, Ann Miniature Show, New Orleans, LA
2008 - Salon International de Pastel en Ile de France, Chaville, France
2006 - New Orleans Museum of Art, Katrina Exposed, New Orleans, LA
1998-1999 - Merrill-Johnson Gallery, Denver, Colorado

Honors and Awards

2016 - Second Place, National Juried Exhibition, Northwest Florida State College, Niceville, FL
2014 - Pastel Society of America Award of Merit, Degas Pastel Society, New Orleans, LA
2013 - Honorable Mention, Lauren Rogers Museum of Art DPS Exhibition
2012 - Second Place, "Pastel 100", Pastel Journal, Interior/Landscape Category, April 2012
2012 - "Over 60" Competition, Artist's Magazine (1 of 10 of 3,000 entries), March 2012
2011 - Prix de Pastel (Top Prize), Int'l. Assoc. of Pastel Societies, 18th Juried Exhibition,
          Albuquerque, New Mexico
2011 - "Master Circle" Status, Int'l. Assoc. of Pastel Societies (awarded in 2013)
2011 - Pastel Society of America, Pastel Society of Cape Cod Award
2011 - Degas Pastel Society, Award of Excellence, Members Exhibition
2010 - "Master Pastellist Status", Pastel Society of America
2009 - Golden Mentor Award, International Association of Pastel Societies
2008 - Louisiana Artworks Residency Award, New Orleans
2008 - Award of Exceptional Merit, Appalachian Pastel Society
Finalist, Pastel Journal, Still Life/Floral Category
Patron Art Acquisition, Art Collection 12, New Orleans, LA
Open Studios Southern States Competition

Pastel Society of America Awards: National Arts Club Award; Strathmore Paper Award; Purchase Prize, Sally Strand Scholarship; Pastel Society of Cape Cod Award; Pastel Painters of Maine Award

Selected Public Collections

New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
Ochsner Foundation, New Orleans, LA
Memorial Medical Center, New Orleans, LA
World Trade Center, New Orleans, LA
Hadassah National Headquarters, New York, NY


Feature Articles:
Pastel Journal Magazine, "The Romantic Space", May/June 2010
Louisiana Cultural Vistas,"Eye of the Storm", September 2008 [Download essay (PDF 1.8 Mb)]
Pastel Artist International, "Ambience You Can Cut with a Knife", 2001
Artist's Magazine, "Creating Movement With Light", 1999
Pastel Highlights Collector Premier Edition, "Creating Movement With Light", 1996
American Artist Magazine, "Picturing What People Leave Behind", 1996
Artist And Illustrator Magazine,"Placing The Subject", 1996

Book and Magazine Covers

Losing And Finding, 2004
"Interiors Collection", Great American Artworks Pastels, (Burshell Pastel Collection), 2002
Pastel Artist International Magazine, 2001
Country Roads Magazine, 2008, 2000, 1998

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