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Entry Deadline: 11/30/13
Images - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 2
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 1
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 2
REQUIREMENTS: You may apply with 1 - 2 images of the same portrait with the following: * Images: apply with 1 image of your complete portrait and a detail (optional) OR * Video: apply with up to 1 video and a still image (optional). Portraits in all visual arts mediums are welcome in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2013, such as single figures, groups, or self-portraits The call for entries for the competition runs through November 30, 2011. Please Note: Opening and closing dates for the Competition are on Mountain time. 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 only one portrait depicting anyone, but the work must be the result of the artist’s direct encounter with that person. The portrait must have been completed after January 1, 2010. The human form must be the focus of the portrait, but artists are invited to interpret the concept of portraiture broadly; for example, an entry might not include a face. Smithsonian Institution employees, regents, trustees, interns, volunteers, fellows, and research associates are ineligible to enter the Competition.
• First prize: $25,000 cash prize and the opportunity for a commission to create a portrait of a remarkable living American for the National Portrait Gallery's permanent collection.
• Second prize: $7,500 cash prize
• Third prize: $5,000 cash prize
• Commended artists: Up to four additional artists may be commended for their work, and they will receive $1,000 each.
• The winner of the People’s Choice Award will receive $500.
• All finalists' work will form a major exhibition on view at the National Portrait Gallery from March 22, 2013 until January 4, 2014.
Entry to the Competition and submission of JPEG images is available on this website for a nonrefundable registration fee of $35. Payment will be accepted by credit card or debit card only. After artists have completed the entry form, the transaction email receipt you will receive from CaFE.org confirms receipt of your entry. Artists who wish to submit time-based media should submit five-minute (05:00:00) or less sample of their full-length work only. Further instructions are available in the entry form. For digital work, enter a still image of the portrait. Someone from the NPG will contact you for a link to the piece. Artists may submit a statement about their work, their particular entry, and/or the circumstances of the creation of the portrait. Dimensions and medium information will also be requested. The first round of jurying will be done online. Judges will identify the semifinalists, whose works will be transported to and from Washington, D.C. at the Portrait Gallery’s expense. The final selection of winners and other exhibitors will be made from those original semifinalist portraits. The public will have an opportunity to vote for its favorite work among the finalists through the People’s Choice Award. The jury is composed of the following persons:
• Martin E. Sullivan, Director, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
• Brandon Fortune, Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture, National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.
• Dorothy Moss, Assistant Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture, National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.
• Peter Frank, Writer, curator and critic, Los Angeles, California
• Hung Liu, Artist and Professor, Mills College, Oakland, California
• Richard J. Powell, John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art & Art History and Professor of African/African American Studies, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
• Alec Soth, Artist, Minneapolis, Minnesota