The 2022 La Vendéenne [la vahn day en] Awards

For Outstanding Contributions to the Wax Art Community & Excellence in Encaustic Painting 

Artwork courtesy Lyn Belisle.  All rights reserved.

International Encaustic Artists (IEA) marks the tenth year of the La Vendéenne Award program honoring artists, organizations or businesses who have contributed to the mission of IEA in supporting the growth and advancement of wax artists at all stages of their careers as well as providing opportunities and resources within a global community.  

Nominees for the La Vendéenne Award are solicited from IEA members at large.  Nominations will be reviewed by the Awards Committee with the IEA Board making the final selection.  

IEA will celebrate the next recipient at the La Vendéenne Awards Dinner at the biennial IEA retreat held next year, April 8-10, 2022 in Morro Bay, a small coastal community located on the central coast of California.  

Along with the coveted Award, designed by James Meyer, the recipient will receive a full scholarship to the retreat, a $1000 to apply toward travel and lodging and a $1000 cash gift. 

Nominations from current IEA members are now open and will be accepted through January 15, 2022.  

To make a nomination, use this link OR fill out the form below.
Nominations will not be accepted after January 15, 2022.

The Award will be presented at the
2022 ConVergence Wax on the Water Retreat

La Vendéenne Outstanding Contribution Award
designed by James Meyer

Check back in January 2022 for more information

Recipients & Finalists


  • Recipient: Janise Yntema
  • Finalist: Lorraine Glessner
  • Finalist: Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch
  • Finalist: Michelle Belto
  • Jurors: Peter Charles, Katharine Dufault & Ruta Saliklis


  • Artistry: Barbara Cone
  • Innovation: Michael Billie
  • Education: Gale Steinberg
  • Media: Douglas Mehrens
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Miles Conrad


  • Artistry: Fransico Benitez
  • Innovation: Enkaustikos
  • Education: Cynthia Winika
  • Media: Kathryn Bevier
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Dorothy Masom


  • Artistry: Eileen P. Goldenberg
  • Innovation: Paula Roland
  • Education: Ellen Koment
  • Volunteerism: Michelle Belto
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: R & F Paints


  • Artistry: Martin Kline
  • Innovation: Ann Huffman
  • Education: Douglas Mehrens
  • Media: Linda Robertson
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Jasper Johns

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