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The competition and resulting exhibition will celebrate excellence and innovation, with a strong focus on the variety of portrait media used by artists today.
What prizes are on offer?
The winner of the Outwin Bouchever Competition receives a cash award of $25,000 (about £15,250) and will be awarded a separate commission to portray a remarkable living American for the Portrait Gallery's Collection.
Other prizes include:
- 2nd prize - $7,500
- 3rd Prize - $5,000
- Commendations - $1,000
Who can enter?
- all professional artists aged 18 and over who are currently living and working in the USA (ie note that's not the same thing as American citizens - but, if you hail from another country, does rather suggest you have permission to live and work in the USA!)
- emerging and mid-career artists are eligible to enter
- Ineligible to enter the competition: Smithsonian Institution employees, regents, trustees, interns, volunteers, fellows, and research associates
A professional artist earns a significant portion of his or her income from their art and regularly shows works in solo and group exhibitions.
What sort of artwork is eligible
The National Portrait Gallery welcomes single figures, groups, or self-portraits— from classical drawing and painting or hyperrealistic sculpture, to large-scale photography, to prints and new media
- Portraits MUST be the result of the artist's direct encounter with the subject of the portrait. Which basically means you have to have met them in some way.
- the concept of portraiture can be interpreted broadly eg a work does not have to include a face
- artwork completed after 1st January 2010
- single or multiple portraits
- artwork depicting a friend, a stranger, a relative - or yourself
- types of acceptable artwork: OBPC 2013 is open to all visual arts media. This includes: drawings, paintings, sculpture, prints, large-scale photography and new media. (There don't seem to be any constraints on the type of media - but there is a suggestion that an ordinary photograph won't make the grade)
How to enter
- Download the Outwin Boochever 2013 - Call for Entries - Printable Brochure
- register to enter online the National Portrait Gallery website to submit the entry - see portraitcompetition. si.edu
- pay a non-refundable registration fee of $35
- visit this page and submit an electronic entry for ONE WORK ONLY between September 1st and October 31st 2011
The Outwin Boouchever Exhibition Calender
The last one occurred in 209 and the entry dates were scheduled for June 2 – July 31, 2008.
Below is the competition calendar as quoted on the website
One thing puzzles me - why the very extended delay between the announcement of selected finalists and the exhibition opening?
- September 1, 2011, 9:00 a.m. EDT - Call for Entries begins
- October 31, 2011, midnight EDT - Deadline for submitting entries
- April 15, 2012 - Semifinalists are notified
- May 15, 2012 - Semifinalist work must be available for shipping to Washington, D.C.
- October 30, 2012 - Finalists are notified, and non-selected works are returned to artists
- March 22, 2013 - The Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2013 exhibition opens at the National Portrait Gallery
- January 4, 2014 - The Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2013 exhibition closes
- January – February, 2014 - Artworks are returned to exhibiting artists
There's no explanation that I can see on the website as to why the dates of the submission window for the 2013 competiton are in 2011. The equivalent competition in the UK - the BP Portrait Award - gets from submission to hang and announcement of award in slightly more than six months.
- Do you think it's possible somebody got the dates wrong?
- Did somebody forget to book a slot in the exhibition calendar?
Who are the jurors and how will it be judged?
The jurors are
So that's three judges from California and two from the Smithsonian. I understand the latter given the Smithsonian's involvement with the competition - but am very surprised by the three judges from California. Did nobody look at where they came from? To me it doesn't suggest a range of different perspectives from across the country.
- Brandon Fortune - Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
- Peter Frank - Curator, writer, and critic, Los Angeles, California
- Hung Liu - Artist and Professor, Mills College, Oakland, California
- Richard J. Powell - John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art and Art History at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.
- Alec Soth - Photographer, Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Martin E. Sullivan - Director, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
The first round of judging will be done online. That means your digital image needs to:
- represent the artwork well online
- represent the artwork accurately if it is to survive the next round
Tell me about the history of this competition
The Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition now happens every three years. You can read more about it here.
This link contains links to Outwin Bocheever Portrait Prize Winners 2006-2009: winning image and the website of the winning artist
Link: Portraiture - Resources for Artists