The Miniature Painters, Sculptors &
ravers Society of Washington, D.C. (MPSGS)

About Us


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 1942.


Membership in the Society is by invitation. Eligible artists are elected by Members. Eligibility for membership consideration shall be limited to those who have exhibited in three annual Society shows or who have been awarded a first, second, or third prize at any exhibition of the Society.


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 Society honors many artists and artworks by awarding over 70 awards during our annual exhibition, totaling greater than $8,000.


President - Narissa (Nar) Steel,, 301-434-2421
Secretary - Lynne Rychlec,, 301-987-6779
Secretary - Nancy Still,, 301-977-2190
Treasurer - Tom Penn,, 301-855-0805
Historian - C. Pamela Palco,, 202-337-4910

Publicity - Elizabeth Stecher,, 301-593-8305
Outreach - Sally Giarratana,, 301-881-1135

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