The Call for Entries for the sixth triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition held by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery is now open. The competition seeks to broaden the definition of portraiture and highlight the genre’s relevance in society and contemporary art. Artworks may originate from direct encounters between the artist and the sitter or draw upon existing imagery or archival research in response to history. Artists are encouraged to think about portraiture’s potential to engage with the social and political landscape of our time.

The competition is open to artists who are at least 18 years old (by time of entry) and who are living and working in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Each artist may enter only one work. The competition welcomes all media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, printmaking, textiles, video, performance art, and digital or time-based art created after January 1, 2019. More details on the Call for Entries can be found at

The Call for Entries closes at 11:59pm MOUNTAIN TIME on Friday, January 29, 2021. All finalists’ works will form a major exhibition that will be on view at the Portrait Gallery from April 2022 through February 2023, with plans for a subsequent national tour.