The Art of the Portrait Conference ~ May 6-9, 2021 ~ Washington, DC

Join us to celebrate twenty-three years of the traditions and aesthetics of fine art portraiture and figurative art with artists from around the world. 

We are excited to announce the current list of faculty:

Leslie Adams, Anna Rose Bain, Gwenneth Barth-White, 

Suchitra Bhosle, Judith Carducci, Kevin Chambers,

Casey Childs, Joseph Daily, Michelle Dunaway, Kerry Dunn,

Tina Garrett, Seth Haverkamp, Jeff Hein, Quang Ho,

Robert Liberace, Susan Lyon, Dean Mitchell,

Michael Shane Neal, Richard Christian Nelson, Paul Newton, Teresa Oaxaca, Alicia Ponzio, Mary Qian, Mardie Rees,

Daniel Sprick, Adrienne Stein, Dawn Whitelaw, Mary Whyte, and Elizabeth Zanzinger.

Throughout the last 22 years, many of our members have shared with us that our annual The Art of the Portrait conference is one of the few opportunities that they have to connect with other artists and become part of a fulfilling endeavor related to their interests and profession. This year we are celebrating 23 years hosting this major event after hosting our first Live Webinar Conference in the Fall of 2020. 


Join us May 6-9, 2021 at the Hyatt Regency Reston, just outside Washington, DC, and let us show you how we can contribute to your artistic journey.  The conference opens Thursday, May 6 at 4:00pm for Badge Pick-up and the first night of the Art Materials Expo. The doors to the Grand Ballroom open at 4:30pm until 7:30 for the ever popular Face-Off that features 18 artists painting or sculpting from models in groups of three. Over the next three days, there is a variety of demonstrations, panel discussion and presentations by renowned faculty artists, concluding on Sunday, May 9 at 12:30pm. For a detailed schedule that includes specialty programs like the optional Pre-Conference workshops, Drawing Studio hours, the Gala Banquet and Awards, 6x9 Mystery Art Sale, and so much more, click the button below. 

Hyatt Regency Reston

1800 Presidents Street
Reston, VA 20190


Retreat to Hyatt Regency Reston, located centrally in the Dulles Technology Corridor and adjacent to the shops, dining, and entertainment at Reston Town Center. The largest hotel near Dulles International Airport, their remodeled rooms and suites offer convenient access to the Metro Silver Line to easily explore Washington, D.C.

Thank you to our Sponsors

Thank you to the companies that have generously supported our mission to further fine art portraiture and figurative works for the 23rd annual The Art of the Portrait. We are grateful for their support of our programs that promote our passion for portraiture and figurative work. We will update this information as more sponsors roll in. 


Jack Richeson & Co. 


American Art Collector, APF Munn Master Frame Makers, Artist's Magazine, International Artist, Silver Brush Limited, Southwest Art, Studying with the Masters- Signilar,

Synappsys Digital Services, Inc.


Artefex, Artwork Archive, Blick Art Materials, Gamblin Artists Colors, Michael Harding Handmade Artists Oil Colours, Miami International Fine Arts, Natural Pigments, Royal Talens, Savoir-Faire, Studio of Michael Shane Neal, WINDMILL The Revolving Easel


Ampersand Art Supply, Art in the Mountains, Blue Ridge Oil Colors, EdgeProGear, PanPastel Colors, Portraits, Inc., Revelite, Rosemary & Co., Scottsdale Artists' School, SourceTek, Strada Easel, Studio Incamminati


Airfloat Systems, Atlantic Papers, Chelsea Classical Studio Fine Art Materials, Golden Artist Colors' Williamsburg Handmade Oils, HK Holbein Artist Materials, Masterworks Frames,

M. Graham & Co., New Wave Fine Art Products, Raymar Art, Inc., RGH Artists' Oil Paint, Inc., Winsor & Newton

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The Portrait Society of America is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in February 1998

to further the traditions of fine art portraiture and figurative art. 

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