The Art of the Portrait Conference ~ May 6-9, 2021 ~ Live Webinar

Join us to celebrate twenty-three years of the traditions and aesthetics of fine art portraiture and figurative art virtually with artists from around the world. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 conference will be hosted online via live webinar. We had great success with our 2020 live webinar conference, and we're excited to offer you this year's schedule with our renowned faculty. 

We are excited to announce the current list of faculty:

Anna Rose Bain, Joseph Daily, Michelle Dunaway, Kerry Dunn, Max Ginsburg, Quang Ho, Robert Liberace, Susan Lyon, Dean Mitchell, Michael Shane Neal, Alicia Ponzio, Mardie Rees, Burton Silverman, Dawn Whitelaw and Elizabeth Zanzinger.

2020 Conference Live Webinar Attendee Testimonials


Thanks to you all for doing such a wonderful job with the conference. I loved it, loved it, loved it.  I cannot express how happy it made me. It was really as if I was there, and there was the added dimension of it being so personal. I felt as if I was there with each artist. ~ B. Homan, MI

My first convention, and everything/everyone absolutely exceeded my expectations! So thoughtfully planned and well-executed, cannot thank you enough for this memorable “staycation”. Thank you for allowing us into your studios, processes and thoughts - the featured artists have all been rock stars to me, and I feel so privileged and inspired! ~ D. Wicks, FL

The online conference was wonderful & a great learning opportunity for participants from across the world. ~ A. Gopal, India

Conference Schedule

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 once again for a Live Webinar Conference as we continue to navigate the global health crisis. We have modified the original schedule to fit an online format. Join us for one of four pre-conference workshops starting Monday, May 3, 2021. Then, join us for the start of the conference at 4:30pm on Thursday, May 6, 2021. Fifteen faculty members will deliver panel discussions, presentations, and demonstrations until May 9, 2021 at 4:00pm. On Saturday, May 8, 2021, we will present the 2020 International Portrait Competition winners, the Signature Status recipients, and the Gold Medal recipient, Max Ginsburg. Register today for our second Live Webinar Conference. 


$378.00 for members

$428.00 for non-members

Optional pre-conference workshop for $189.00

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.


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

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. 

Phone Toll-Free: 1-877-772-4321  •  Fax: 1-850-222-7890  •  Email:

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 11272, Tallahassee, FL 32302 Shipping Address: 1109 S. Magnolia Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32301

Joseph Daily