The National Portrait Gallery presents 48 of the finalists' works that were selected from the third triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. The works were produced by artists across the nation and include portraits in such traditional media as oil paintings, drawings, and photographs, as well as more surprising materials such as rice, glitter, thread, and video. The winner of the competition receives the grand prize of $25,000 and an opportunity to create a portrait for the Portrait Gallery's permanent collection. The competition invited professional artists age 18 and over working in the figurative arts to submit portraits completed after January 1, 2010. The public had the opportunity to vote for its favorite work among the finalists to receive the People's Choice Award.
The two winning portraits from the National Portrait Gallery's first Teen Portrait Competition—by McNeel Mann (age 14) of Alaska and Allen Chiu (age 17) from California—are on view near the exhibition entrance.
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