As one of the birthplaces of pastel art in China, Suzhou has gradually become the center of Chinese contemporary pastel art. In the 1920s, Mr. Yan Wenliang, one of the fathers of Chinese modern art and the founder of Suzhou Art Academy, actively advocated the art of pastel painting. His representative pastel painting “Kitchen”(1920) won an award at the French National Salon Show in 1929, which has written a wonderful chapter for China in the world history of art. In 1984, Hang Mingshi's pastel painting "People" was selected into the 6th China National Exhibition of Fine Arts and won the work of excellence. It was the first time that pastel engaged in a national exhibition among a variety of art genres. Since the beginning of the 21st century, Suzhou Municipal Government and the society has supported the development of pastel art in Suzhou. A series of fruitful results has been achieved. The success of the first China Pastel Exhibition in 2003 and the second China Pastel Exhibition in 2011 further expanded the influence of Suzhou city in the pastel art world of the country. Pastel art is gradually becoming part of the beautiful cultural “name card” of modern Suzhou.
2012年在杭鸣时、李晓林、庞茂琨、陆庆龙等艺术家的关心支持下，苏州开始组建中国粉画工作团队。2013年粉画艺术联盟成立，该联盟由从事粉画创作研究、教育传播、展览展示、材料研发等社会团体和个人组成。联盟以加强成员之间的交流协作，努力建设一个创新、高效、开放的平台，提升粉画艺术创作的整体水平，推动中国粉画事业有序健康发展为宗旨。联盟英文名称为：China Pastel Network，英文缩写CPN。同年中国粉画艺术门户网站“粉画艺术网”（www.chinapastel.com）上线运行。2014年联盟加入国际粉画协会（IAPS）。在中国美术家协会、苏州市政府及相关机构的推动支持下，联盟通过团队全体成员的不懈努力，中国粉画在宣传普及、展览展示、学术交流、教育培训、画材研发等方面取得了令人瞩目的成绩，并形成每年一届“中国大学生粉画作品展”、“粉画艺术‘网上画廊’年度实体展”，每两年一届“中国（苏州）国际粉画双年展”，每四年一届“中国（苏州）粉画艺术节”的品牌展览体系。
In 2012, with the support of the artists including Hang Mingshi, Li Xiaolin, Pang Maokun, Lu Qinglong and so on, a team working towards the goal of promoting pastel art started to form in Suzhou. In 2013, China Pastel Network (CPN) was established. The organization consists of social groups and individuals engaged in the research of pastel art technique, art education, exhibition and art materials. The mission of the organization is to strengthen the artistic exchanges and cooperation among members, to build an innovative, efficient and open platform, to improve the overall quality of Chinese pastel artistic creation, and to promote the orderly development of pastel art in China. In the same year, the online portal of Chinese pastel art, “Pastel Art Network” (www.chinapastel.com), was put into operation. In 2014, China Pastel Network became a member of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS). Under the support of Chinese Artists Association, Suzhou municipal government and related organizations, and through the unremitting efforts of China Pastel Network, spectacular results have been achieved in the field of pastel promotion, exhibitions, academic exchanges, education and training and art material research. A series of exhibitions and events organized by China Pastel Network were launched, including the annual "Chinese College Students Pastel Exhibition", "Pastel Art 'Online Gallery' Annual Exhibition", "China (Suzhou) International Pastel Biennial Exhibition", and every four years the "China (Suzhou) Pastel Art Festival".