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2019 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition

May 23, 2018


The competition is open to all professional artists age 18 and over who are living and working in the United States and its territories.


Each artist may enter one work. The work must have been completed on or after January 1, 2016. Artists are invited to interpret the concept of portraiture broadly.

Entries will be accepted in all visual arts media including but not restricted to painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, printmaking, textiles, video, performance, and digital or time-based media.

The Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition is judged in two stages. In the first phase a panel of jurors uses an online jurying system to select approximately 100 semifinalists. The Portrait Gallery ships these works to Washington, D.C., where the panel meets again to select the approximately 50 finalists. These finalists’ works are installed as a major exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery and in a subsequent national tour.


Entry Deadline: May 28 through September 3, 2018


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