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Attention artists! Today marks the first day that you can submit a portrait to National Portrait Gallery’s triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, which celebrates excellence in portraiture! Every three years, artists living and working in the United States are invited by the museum to submit one of their recent portraits to a panel of experts; all artworks by the finalists this go-round will comprise “The Outwin 2022: American Portraiture Today”, an exhibition that will be displayed at the Portrait Gallery from April 30, 2022, through Feb. 26, 2023 before traveling.

(And, in case you were wondering, the top prize is $25,000. No big deal.)

You’ve got until January 29th, 2021 to submit a portrait for consideration. Good luck!

Established in 2006, the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition focuses on broadening the definition of portraiture while highlighting the genre’s wider relevance to society and within the field of contemporary art. It aims to bring together works that attend to the country’s diversity in terms of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status and other conditions that shape the individual and collective identities of artists and sitters.

Artworks by previous winners featured in thumbnail clockwise from left to right – Lauren Hare, Adrian Octavius Walker, Genevieve Gaignard.

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