CPSA comprises about 1800 individual member artists as well as corporate members in the United States and around the world. It is managed by a governing board of 13 members who volunteer their time and effort to help run this organization. In addition, CPSA supports a number of district chapters within the U.S.
Working on a broad scale, CPSA is able to provide credibility for the entire organization and all colored pencil artists, gain attention for colored pencil art in major art publications, present the annual convention and exhibition in different parts of the country, and encourage manufacturers to produce better products.
Because the interaction of members at the local level helps attain its goals, CPSA decided to build a network of local district chapters to benefit individual members as well as the society as a whole. CPSA serves as the legal entity under which these local chapters operate.
Each chapter is a self-governing group of CPSA members that operates to promote colored pencil art within its own area. By promoting camaraderie and education locally, the chapters provide additional opportunities for their members and help CPSA by attracting new members. CPSA members are free to join any one or more of the district chapters around the country.