The American portrait today celebrates diversity

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The American portrait today celebrates diversity

Every three years, artists from across the US are invited to renew the art of the portrait through the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, whose exhibit highlights the finalists' work.

This exploration of the self and others through portraiture has the illustrious backdrop of the National Portrait Gallery. The museum is enriched today by the multiplicity of media and innovations that take the presentations off the beaten path, thanks in part to a competition organised every three years, the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, named in memory of the donor, Virginia Outwin Boochever (1920-2005).
First Prize went to Amy Sherald of Baltimore, Maryland, for a painting entitled Miss Everything; Second Prize was captured by Cynthia Henebry of Richmond, Virginia, for a photograph entitled Mavis in the back seat; and Third Prize was garnered by Joel Daniel Phillips of Oakland, California, for a drawing entitled Eugene #4.
The exhibition showcases a multitude of artistic approaches to contemporary America and stands in praise of the diversity of people, cultures, and artistic techniques found in America today.

The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
8th and F Streets NW
Washington DC 20001

From 12 March 2016 to 8 January 2017

Free admission

Daily, from 11:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

8 January 2017