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7 Dec 2023

Compete 2025 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition

The Smithsonian Institution Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Opportunity Description

U.S. National Deadline: January 26, 2024 – The National Portrait Gallery’s triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition celebrates excellence in the art of 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. The selected artworks reflect the compelling and diverse approaches contemporary artists are using to convey their personal and collective stories through portraiture.

The Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition is open to artists who are at least 18 years old and who are living and working in the United States. The competition welcomes portraits made in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, printmaking, textiles, performance, and time-based media. Each artist may enter one work.

The first-prize winner will receive $25,000 and a commission to portray a remarkable living American for the National Portrait Gallery’s collection. The second-prize winner will receive $10,000, and the third-prize winner will receive $7,500. The winner of the People’s Choice Award receives $1,000.

All finalists’ works will be included in a major exhibition that will be on view at Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, followed by a national tour.


  • Daniel Lind-Ramos, Artist
  • LaToya Ruby Frazier, Artist
  • Carla Acevedo-Yates, Marilyn and Larry Fields Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
  • Huey Copeland, BFC Presidential Associate Professor of the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Taína Caragol, Competition Director and Co-Curator; Curator of Painting, Sculpture, and Latinx Art and History, National Portrait Gallery
  • Charlotte Ickes, Competition Co-Curator; Curator of Time-Based Media and Special Projects, National Portrait Gallery
  • Rhea L. Combs, Director of Curatorial Affairs, National Portrait Gallery

APPLY ONLINE – $50 Entry
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The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex, with 21 museums and the National Zoo—shaping the future by preserving heritage, discovering new knowledge, and sharing our resources with the world.

The Institution was founded in 1846 with funds from the Englishman James Smithson (1765–1829) according to his wishes “under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge.” We continue to honor this mission and invite you to join us in our quest.

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Opportunity Categories: + Open to Multi-Media. Opportunity Types: Compete. Opportunity Tags: Deadlines 01 Jan thru Feb and Open to U.S. Artists Only. Benefits: Cash or Value Awards, Exhibition - Group, Exhibition - Online, Exhibition - Solo, Exhibition - Traveling, In-Kind Benefit, Publication, and Purchase.

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