2016 The Art of the Portrait Conference

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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 Washington, DC for our 18th annual The Art of the Portrait conference, April 14-17, 2016.


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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    2016 Conference

    Register today and spend the weekend of April 14-17, 2016  with fellow artists enjoying opportunities to participate in classes and workshops, technical discussions and lectures, shop direct from top of the line art materials manufacturers, receive one-on-one critiques from faculty, network with artists and agents, travel to area museums and visit with friends, new and old. 
    Make your plans today and be part of the historic weekend to remember!
    Member Tuition $475.00
    Non Member Tuition $575.00 


    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.

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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.

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    Staying at our host hotel

    It is the most convenient way to experience the 2016 The Art of the Portrait conference.  The Hyatt Regency Reston Hotel is located just outside Washington, D.C. in Reston, Virginia.  All the demonstrations, classes and events will take place at the Hyatt Regency Reston, the most luxurious of all Reston hotels.  The only 4-diamond hotel in the area, the Hyatt Regency features rooms appointed with stylish accents, HD-TVs, iHome stereo alarm clocks, the famous Hyatt Grand Beds and a large, well-lit work desk.  The hotel offers a fully equipped 24-hour Health Club, heated indoor swimming pool, Roman spa, saunas, and seasonal sun deck.
    Hyatt Regency Reston
    1800 Presidents Street
    Reston, Virginia, USA, 20190,
    Tel: +1 703 709 1234 , Fax: +1 703 925 8295

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    Flying In

    The Washington Dulles International Airport is the closest airport to the Hyatt Regency Reston Hotel.  A complimentary shuttle arrives at the top of each hour between 6:00am-10:00pm.  The drop off and pick up point at the airport will be at curbs 2A and 2H, adjacent to the lower level baggage claim level. 
    Directions to Hyatt Regency Reston from :
    Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)  - 6.59 miles
    From airport take Dulles Access Road East toward Washington, DC. At Reston, use Exit 12, Reston Parkway / VA 602 and make a Left on to Reston Parkway. Third traffic light turn left onto Bluemont Way.Turn right onto Presidents Street to Hyatt Regency Reston.
    Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport / Washington, DC (DCA) - 22 miles
    Head North on the George Washington Memorial Parkway (crossing over into Virginia). Take the VA-123 exit toward Chain Bridge / McLean. Keep right at the fork to go on VA-123 S. Merge onto VA-267 W toward I-495 N / Dulles Airport (Portions toll). Take Reston Parkway / VA-602 exit- Exit 12. Keep Right at the fork to go on Reston Parkway / VA-602 N. At the second traffic light turn left onto Bluemont Way. Turn right onto Presidents Street to Hyatt Regency Reston.

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    Interested in 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  three tuition only scholarships for artists of at all levels of development to attend the annual conference. 


    Apply today! Simply fill out the on-line form and upload 3 images no later than January 30, 2016.