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The Outwin: American Portraiture Today Opening Rec
April 7 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Outwin Opening Reception
Friday, April 7, 2023 | 6 – 9 PM
Join us for a special preview opening reception of The Outwin: American Portraiture Today.
Launched in 2006 to support the next wave of contemporary portraiture in the United States, the National Portrait Gallery’s celebrated triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition is a major survey of the best American portraiture selected by internationally prominent jurors and curators. Now in its sixth edition, The Outwin: American Portraiture Today presents 42 works selected from over 2,700 entries, that foreground the vibrancy and relevance of portraiture today. In addition to paintings, photographs, drawings, and sculptures, The Outwin includes video, performance art, and textiles, highlighting the limitless possibilities of contemporary portraiture.
Open to both emerging and established artists, this year’s entrants were encouraged to submit work that moves beyond traditional definitions of portraiture, and to explore a portrait’s ability to engage with the social and political landscape of our time. The variety of media and subjects featured in the exhibition invite audiences of all backgrounds to find relation in the human experience.
Since its inception, finalists for the exhibition have been determined by a panel of jurors including three Portrait Gallery staff members and four external professionals (critics, art historians, artists). The competition is endowed by and named for Virginia Outwin Boochever (1920 – 2005) who, for 19 years, volunteered as a docent at the Portrait Gallery. Her commitment to advancing the art of portraiture is continued through the support of her children.
Full Museum & Gallery Access
Remarks at 6:30 PM
Live Music by LUVU
Complimentary hors d’oeuvres available by Maya Rosa Catering
Cash Bar featuring signature cocktail by Tito’s Vodka*
Polaroid Portrait Studio Pop-up by David Lawrence**
Floral Arrangements Sponsored by Emerald Gardenia
Dress Code: Cocktail Attire
FREE for OMA Members
$20 for Not-yet-members
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