2017 The Art of the Portrait Conference

Artists from all over the world are gathering for a weekend of unforgettable moments. Won't you join us? The Portrait Society of America is returning to Atlanta, GA for our 19th annual The Art of the Portrait conference, April 20-23, 2017.


Where can you go and see over thirty artists demonstrating , discussing techniques and methods, network with fellow artists from all over the world or have an individual artist-to-artist portfolio critique?  Our annual conference offers all of this events and so much more.


You won't want to miss our opening night where 15 artists paint together in one room from live models, or the many other demonstrations, panel discussions, workshops and breakout sessions. Whether you are a professional full time artist or you desire to take your art to the next level, we have a program to benefit you.

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    To Register:
    • Call 1-877-772-4321 (toll free-and speak with one of our friendly staff)
    • OR  click the 'register now' button and complete your registration through our secure portal 
    • If you prefer you may clickon the  registration form  picture to the left and return by mail or fax 
    Each day is filled with demonstrations, lectures, and special programs.
    Member Tuition: $495 (10% early bird discount if you register before Sept. 1)
    Non-Member Tuition: $595
    Our Cancellation Policy: Notify the Portrait Society before February 16, 2017 to receive a full refund. After February 16, 2017, an educational credit will be issued for your tuition less a $100 cancellation fee. Banquet & Bus tickets are non-refundable.

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    Staying at our host hotel

    It is the most convenient way to experience the 2017 The Art of the Portrait conference.  The Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead is the perfect blend of Southern hospitality and modern luxury. All the demonstrations, classes and events will take place at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta. In the heart of Atlanta's vibrant Buckhead district the hotel features a seasonal outdoor pool, fitness gym, Japaenese garden and complimentary Wi-Fi as well as the acclaimed Cassis Restaurant, Onyx at the Grand Lounge and Coffee Bar.  
    Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead
    3300 Peachtree Road, NE
    Atlanta, GA, USA, 30305
    Tel: +1 404 237-1234 
    Fax: +1 404-504-2576

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    Flying In

    The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International is the closest airport to the Grand Hyatt Atlanta. Transportation from the airport to the hotel is approx. $42 plus tax, depending on traffic.   The SuperShuttle offers service with rates starting at $33.  The MARTA is $2.50 and departs every 10 minutes. Guests should board the Northbound train (N to North Springs) and exit at the Buckhead Station N7 onto Peachtree Road S. The Hotel is two blocks away. 

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    Apply for a Scholarship

    As part of our ongoing mission to educate the public about the traditions of fine art portraiture and figurative works, the Portrait Society offers two types of scholarships. 


    First, the Gordon Wetmore Legacy Scholarship , awarded annually for a college or atelier student.  This scholarship provides tuition, 1/2 of a shared room and a travel allowance.  Second, we offer twenty tuition only scholarships for artists to attend the annual conference. 


    Apply today!  Simply click on the "Apply Now" button and submit three images and a 300 word statement no later than January 30, 2017.

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    Thank you to our 2016 Sponsors

    These companies support our efforts through donations of cash and prizes for the International Portrait Competition. We're grateful for their support of our programs and publications that promote our passion for portraiture.

  • 2016 Conference

    Thank you to everyone that attended The Art of the Portrait held the weekend of April 14-17, 2016. Participants enjoyed participating in classes and workshops, technical discussions and lectures, shopping direct from top of the line art materials manufacturers, receiving one-on-one critiques from faculty, networking with artists and agents, traveling to area museums and visiting with friends, new and old.