2019 International Portrait Competition
Posted: Feb 04, 2019
You are invited to enter the 21st Annual International Portrait Competition, showcasing the finest in portraiture and figurative art today. The International Portrait Competition is open to all artists, members and non-members. A variety of mediums is welcomed and encouraged. The top twenty finalists are required to exhibit their selected original artwork and be present at the prestigious The Art of the Portrait© conference in Atlanta, GA, April 25-28, 2019 for final judging and awards.
Enter acceptance closed on February 21, 2019. Finalists will be announced March 7, 2019, and on Saturday, April 27, over $100,000 in cash and awards will be presented, with a $25,000 cash Grand Prize.
Top award winners will be eligible for over $110,000 in cash and prizes. The William Draper Grand Prize includes a feature article in International Artist Magazine and a $25,000 cash prize. Finalists also receive recognition in The Art of the Portrait© journal and on the Portrait Society’s website. Top 20 finalists receive complementary tuition to The Art of the Portrait© Conference 2018, as well as other cash and prizes.
Awards will be presented at the annual conference Saturday, April 27, 2019 in the following categories:
Grand Prize: An overall selected winner from the top twenty finalists’ artwork.
First Place Drawing
First Place Painting
First Place Sculpture
Six Placement Awards
Ten Merit Awards
File Upload Deadline: February 21, 2019
Finalist Notification: March 7, 2019
Exhibition Dates: April 25-28, 2019
Gala Awards Banquet: April 27, 2019
The $45 Entry Fee covers up to 3 unique submissions.
Credit cards are accepted on-line with your submission, the fee is non-refundable and must accompany your submission.
If you are selected as a finalist you are required to be in attendance with your artwork to win a prize.
Entry Criteria– All entries must meet the following:
Must be the artist’s own original design and concept
Completed after March 2015
For 2D the longest side should not be larger than 65”
For 3D the size of the piece should weigh no more than 100 pounds and under 8′
Portrait Society Board Members and Gold Medal recipients are ineligible
Artists who have won the Draper Grand Prize are ineligible
Faculty donating their time to teach at conference are eligible to enter the competition
In addition, no photography, electronic, computer generated art, art done in a class, workshop or under supervision is eligible. All other media is accepted and encouraged, both two-dimensional and three-dimensional. Participants are eligible to submit up to three artworks for consideration.
Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Up to three digital image files can be submitted. Note: Sculpture entries can provide up to 3 views of the same piece. Electronic submissions through the Portrait Society of America’s secure site can be uploaded through the February 21, 2019 deadline.
Make note of these items when formatting your entry:
· Only Digital entries will be accepted
· Up to three digital image files can be submitted on online via our entry form
· Save each file in the following form: JPG or TIFF
· No larger than 3 megabytes each
· Images should ONLY be of the artwork
· Do not include matting frame, etc. in the image
Each file must be labeled in the following format:
Artists Last Name-First Initial-Entry Letter
(Separate each by a dash)
For example: smith-j-A.jpg
Call the Portrait Society, toll-free at 1-877-772-4321.