The Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, DC, (MPSGS) was founded in 1931 by Alyn Williams (1865-1941), a well-known portrait miniaturist. The MPSGS is the oldest Miniature Art Society in the U.S. It is the second oldest in the world next to the Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers in London, England--the world's first Miniature Art Society also founded by Mr. Williams. The Inaugural Exhibition of the MPSGS of Washington, DC, was held at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in December 1931. The Society has held annual exhibitions since 1931 with the exception of the years 1932 and 1936.
Membership in the Society is by invitation, and eligible artists are elected by Members. An artist is eligible to be considered for membership after exhibiting in three MPSGS exhibitions or winning an award.
The object of the Society from its inception has been to stimulate public interest in miniature art, as well as encourage artists to create miniature art. We do this by hosting and exhibiting works in our juried international annual show and apart from larger art works. We annually award financial assistance to outstanding emerging artists in the Washington, D.C., area schools. The Society also sponsors educational tours, demonstrations, and workshops relating to miniature art techniques.
THE SPIRIT OF A MINIATURE
unique art form, based on a minute scale, traces its roots back to the
book paintings and illuminated manuscripts set in the 7th century. A work
of fine art in miniature is a particularly personal object that draws
the viewer into an intimate, concentrated little world that is breathtaking
in its execution. Every single detail is miniaturized -- the scale of
the subject matter, the brush or pencil strokes -- so that only with high
magnification can one behold the immaculate details of the artist's technique
which may include stippling, hatching, or pointillism. These techniques
are a specialized means of producing a perfect balance of color and detail
in a series of thinly applied layers of exquisite color intended to reflect
light. The miniatures show a high standard of design and the artist's
mastery of the chosen media and palette.
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