Sally Ryan has been awarded Portrait Signature Status by the prestigious Portrait Society of America, which recognises a “practicing and accomplished artist who is dedicated to the educational mission and high aesthetic standards as set by the Portrait Society of America. The artist’s work must consistently demonstrate a high level of skill and sophistication of aesthetics.”.
This honorary status grants the right to use the initials of the organization (PSS-Portrait Society Signature) on all personally created works as an indication of our harmonious high standards and goals, to create, to advance and to share.
There were a number of specific criteria for approval that included:
· Current membership in the Portrait Society of America
· Acceptance in either the Portrait Society International Portrait Competition, Portrait Society Members Only Competition or any other national exhibition of equivalent level
· Involvement in educational activities that are designed to cultivate and further the understanding and practice of representational fine art. This would include:
Mentoring and teaching in established art institutions
Private studio instruction
Demonstrations and or lectures
Production of any and all fine art instructional media
A consistent body of work that demonstrates exceptional merit