Mel Thompson Original Pastel Paintings


Riverwalk Fine Art Fair, Naperville, IL - Honorable Mention Award for Pastel 2012

Powderhorn Art Fair, Minneapolis, MN - Invitational Artist for 2012

Old Capitol Art Fair, Springfield, IL - First Place in Drawing Category and Springfield Civic Art Collection Purchase Award 2009

Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts, Oconomowoc, WI - Best in Category 2007 and 2008

Art Fair On the Square, Lake Forest, IL - Best in Category 2007

Wyoming Art Fair, Wyoming, OH - Best in Category 2007

Golden Artist Colors Award, Pastels Chicago - 2007

Janet T. Royce Award, Pastel Society of America, New York, NY - 2006

Merriam, KS Parks and Recreation Community Ctr. Foundation Purchase Award - 2006

Center for the Visual Arts 16th Annual Winter Show, Wausau, WI - Honors Award 2006

10th Annual Pastels Only on Cape Cod, Chatham, MA - Great American Pastels Award 2005

Hyde Park Art Fair, Cincinnati, OH - Honorable Mention 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2005

Oak Park Art League Members Show, Oak Park, IL - Merit Award 2004

OliverMcMillan Corporate Purchase Award - Glenview, IL 2004

Art at the Glen Fine Art Festival - Merit Award 2004

Oak Park Art League "Visions of Peace" Show - Award of Excellence 2004

Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival - Best in Category 2003

Woodstock Fine Art Fair, Woodstock, IL - Merit Award 2002

Pastel Artist International Magazine's Art Prize Challenge - Finalist; published in Sept./Oct. 2002 Issue

Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival, Hinsdale, IL - 2nd Place 2002 and 3rd Place 2001

West Suburban Art Guild Art in the Park, Oak Park, IL - Best in Show 2000 and 2001

Oak Park Art League Members Show, Oak Park, IL - Best in Show 2000

Denada Nature Center Art Show, Naperville, IL - Honorable Mention 2000

BP Amoco Purchase Award - East Side Art Works, Chicago, IL 1999


Oak Park Art League Members Exhibit, Oak Park, IL - April 2015

Featured Artist at Illinois Artisans Shop, Thompson Center, Chicago, IL - March 2015

Cook County Law Library, Daley Center, Chicago, IL - Summer 2014

“Fire and Ice” Holiday Gift Show, Deer Path Art League, Lake Forest, IL - 2013

Oak Park, IL Village Hall, 2011

Chicago Pastel Painters 3rd Biennial Juried Exhibition - Chicago Cultural Center - May 2010

Rush Oak Park Hospital, Oak Park, IL - 2006 and 2008

Oak Park Public Library Art Gallery - 2008

The Nature Conservancy Blowing Rocks Preserve, Jupiter Island, FL - 2008

Edward Hospital, Naperville, IL - 2007

Chicago Pastel Painters First Biennial National Show, Pallette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts - 2007

Pastel Society of America 34th Annual Members Juried Exhibition, New York, NY - 2006

Chicago Pastel Painters Inaugural Members Show - Old Town Triangle Art Center - April 2006

The 2006 Heartland Artist Exhibition, Merriam, KS - February 2006

Center for the Visual Arts 16th Annual Winter Show, Wausau, WI - January 2006

10th Annual Pastels Only on Cape Cod, Chatham, MA - August 2005

Great Lakes Pastel Society 2004 National Show, Grosse Point Art Center, MI - November 2004

International Association of Pastel Societies 7th Annual Exhibition, Bethlehem, PA - June & July 2004

Pastel Society of America 31st Annual Exhibition, New York, NY - 2003

Great Lakes Pastel Society 2003 Members Juried Exhibition, Midland, MI - April thru June

Wilmette Arts Guild Spring 2003 Show, Coldwell-Banker R.E., Wilmette, IL - April thru July

The 2003 Heartland Artist Exhibition, Merriam, KS - March 2003

Oak Park, IL Village Hall - March 2001

College of Lake County Community Art Gallery, Grayslake, IL - January 2001

River Forest, IL Public Library - April 1999

Concordia University, River Forest, IL - January 1999