Call Type: Competitions
Eligibility: National
City: Washington
State: District of Columbia
Fee: $50.00
Entry Deadline: 9/3/18
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery invites artists to submit one portrait in any media for consideration in the fifth triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. This year, the focus is on broadening the definition of portraiture and highlighting the genre’s relevance in contemporary art. Artworks may originate from direct encounters between the artist and the sitter, but they may also be representative of indirect encounters. For example, judges will consider portraits that employ existing imagery or archival research as a means of responding to history. Artists are encouraged to think about portraiture’s potential to engage with the social and political landscape of our time. The competition is named for Virginia Outwin Boochever (1920 – 2005), a former Portrait Gallery volunteer whose generous gift endowed the program.