2022 The Art of the Portrait Conference ~ April 21-24, 2022
Frequently Asked Questions

What are the transportation options to the conference?

The closest airport to the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead is the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which is about a 30-minute ride by car. There is no shuttle from the airport to the hotel, but rental cars, taxis and shared ride services are easily available from the airport.


Atlanta’s MARTA transit system runs to and from Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. Fares are $2.50 each way. From the airport, Grand Hyatt Atlanta guests should board Northbound trains (N to North Springs). Exit at the Buckhead Station N7 onto Peachtree Road S. The Buckhead Station is two blocks from our hotel.

When and where is name badge pickup? 

Come to the foyer of the Grand Ballroom on Thursday, April 21 starting at 4:00pm. You will pick up your name badge, and the Art Materials Exhibition Hall will be open. Check the back of your plastic name badge holder for your tickets. Make sure you wear your name badge at all times during the conference as you will need it to enter classes or the General Sessions.

When can I meet the exhibitors, see products, and buy art materials?

The Expo Hall's Grand Opening is on Thursday at 4:00pm with a wide variety of art materials and services:

                  Thursday:   4:00pm-7:30pm                              Saturday:  10:00am-5:00pm

                  Friday:       10:00am-5:30pm                              Sunday:     8:00am-12:30pm


Exhibitors this year are: APF Munn Master Frame Makers, General Pencil Company, Masterworks Frames, Michael Harding Handmade Artists Oil Colors, Natural Pigments and Artefex, New Wave Fine Art Products, Portrait Society Fine Art Books & DVDs, RayMar Art, Rosemary & Co., Silver Brush Limited, and Winsor & Newton.  

Will there be Books and DVDs for sale, and can I get them signed by the author?

The Portrait Society offers a variety of books and DVDs by faculty and other well-known artists. NEW THIS YEAR – we will only be accepting checks or credit cards (no cash) for books and DVDs. Make note of our book signing, buy your books early and have it signed by the author! 

Friday, 12:30pm: Anna Rose Bain, Michael Shane Neal, Adrienne Stein and Mary Whyte

Saturday, 12:30pm: Oliver Sin & Judy Takacs

Where can I see the Portrait Finalists and vote for my People's Choice?

The top 21 artworks from the International Portrait Competition will be on display in the Library, right across from the Onyx bar on the lobby level. Don’t forget to place your vote for the People’s Choice award. You will receive your ballot when you pick up your name badge, and ballots must be dropped in the ballot box located in the Library by Saturday at 2:00pm.

When and where are portfolio critiques?

Among one of the most popular programs at the conference are the individual portfolio critiques, which will be held on the second-floor Highland Ballroom foyer area. Take advantage of the artists who have generously agreed to critique portfolios during the Friday and Saturday lunch hour. Feel free to share your artwork for critiques electronically on your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. You do not have to bring a physical portfolio notebook unless you have one. 

What is the 6x9 Mystery Art Sale on Friday?

A fast-paced and exciting event featuring donated artwork offered for a fixed price of $250! Our 6x9: Limited Size, Unlimited Talent Mystery Art Sale will take place Friday night, April 22, in the Grand Ballroom. Doors open for viewing at 5:15pm and the sale will begin at 5:30pm. The work being offered is created by past and current faculty, gold medal recipients and other award winners. The twist comes after purchase when the buyer discovers whose painting they have acquired.

Can I purchase and take home one of the Face-Off Demonstration art works?

Through the generosity of the artists participating in the Face-Off event, we are offering their demonstration artwork for purchase through a silent auction. It will be held immediately following the 6x9 Art Sale and the last bid will be accepted at 6:00pm on Friday in the Grand Ballroom. If we have active bidding right up to the 6:00pm deadline, we will go to a live auction to complete the sale. Funds raised from the auction will be used to support our scholarship program. 

What do I need to know about the Gala Awards Banquet on Saturday night?  

The Banquet is currently SOLD OUT. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please call toll-free 1-877-772-4321. 


If you have already purchased a ticket, it will be in your name badge. Remember to bring the ticket with you to the Grand Ballroom. We implemented a system that allows attendees to reserve a seat at the banquet.  To do so, come to the Volunteer desk next to Registration on Friday between 8:00am-4:00pm and Saturday between 8:00am-2:00pm. Bring your ticket as well as others you would like to sit with, and we will attach your reserved seat to your ticket. Dress code is business casual to semi-formal. 

What are the dining options for the weekend?

There are a variety of food options available including:

  • Cash sales for breakfast in the Grand Ballroom foyer each morning.

  • Grab and Go Lunches will be available for purchase on Friday and Saturday. Forms for will be available in the Ballroom Foyer each day.

  • Other Options: Inside the hotel is the Cassis Restaurant, open daily for breakfast. Also, the Onyx Lounge in the lobby offers a wide selection of food items and specialty drinks.

  • Within walking distance are a variety of reasonable opportunities: Chick-Fil-A, Chipotle, Farm Burger, Jason’s Deli, Starbucks, Jimmy Johns, Flying Biscuit, Caribou Coffee, Buckhead Pizza, and more.

What is included in the Virtual Conference?

If you register for the virtual conference, you will have access to live-stream all of the presentations and demonstrations that take place on the Mainstage in the Grand Ballroom. This includes Friday breakout session "Unity of Color Harmony and Form" and Saturday breakout session "Painting the Expressive Portrait from a Reference." What's not included are the other breakout sessions or the Pre-Conference Workshops as those take place outside of the Grand Ballroom. After the conference, you will be granted access to the recordings to watch if you were unable to watch them live.