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2023 The Art of the Portrait Conference ~ May 11-14, 2023 ~ Washington, D.C.

Back to where it all started!

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Celebrating a quarter century of a passion for the portrait, The Art of the Portrait conference will be held May 11-14, 2023 in Washington, D.C. We are making BIG plans for a GRAND event, and you will want to be a part of this historical gathering.


We will be unveiling a new program format, adding new speakers, and adding more time to paint and draw. Secure your spot by clicking the Register Now button below.

2023 Faculty: Scott Burdick, Suchitra Bhosle, Jared Brady, Louis Carr, Rick Casali, Rose Frantzen, Jennifer Gennari, Max Ginsburg, Thomas Caleb Goggans, James Gurney, Jeff Hein, Ron Hicks, Quang Ho, Daniel Keys, Celia Liberace, Robert Liberace, Susan Lyon, Kyle Ma, Kevin Macpherson, Dominique Medici, Michael Shane Neal, Mary Qian, Anthony Ryder, Burton Silverman, Adrienne Stein, Stephanie Thomson, Dawn Whitelaw and Mary Whyte

Have Questions?

Click the button to view our Frequently Asked Questions, or call toll-free 1-877-772-4321 to have your questions answered by the Portrait Society of America staff. 

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Tuition Rates:

Member rate:  $550.00

Non-Member rate:  $650.00

New this year: For only $100 more, you can add 90 days of unlimited video re-watch on demand of all of the programs. 

Cancellation Policy: If your plans change, please notify the Portrait Society in writing before February 15, 2023 to receive a full refund. After February 15, 2023, you will receive an educational credit for your tuition less a $100 cancellation fee. Your educational credit may be applied to future conference or membership dues. If you have any questions, please call our office toll-free at 1-877-772-4321.

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All conference activities will take place at the Hyatt Regency Reston, our host hotel. At this time, the Hyatt Regency Reston has LIMITED AVAILABILITY in our conference block for May 11-14, 2023. Our overflow hotel, Hyatt House Herndon/Reston, will include shuttle service to the Hyatt Regency Reston hotel. 


1800 Presidents Street, Reston, VA 20190

Tel: (703) 709-1234

Group Code: G-POR5

Portrait Society conference rate: $145/night

Our room block rate has limited availability for May 11-14. Click the button above to check availability. 

Reservation link: 

Hyatt House Herndon/Reston

467 Herndon Parkway, Herndon, VA, 20170

Tel: (703) 437-5000  

Group Code: G-PSAI

Portrait Society conference rate: $180/night for 2-bedroom suites, includes breakfast and shuttle service to Hyatt Regency Reston hotel. Please note the room rate is only for May 11-14, 2023. If you need additional days, please email

Reservation link:

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Our schedule is now available! We can't wait for you to see the wonderful programs the faculty are preparing for you, plus the return of some of your favorites like the Face-Off, the 6x9 Mystery Art Sale, and the 25th Anniversary Gala Banquet. Click the button above to view the full in-person schedule. 

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Banquet Tickets & Museum Bus Tickets

In addition to our extensive offering of classes, we have some optional opportunities for you to add to your conference experience!

25th Anniversary Gala Banquet - Black tie optional

May 13, 2023 @ 7:00pm

Tickets = $68.00 per person

(Vegan/vegetarian meals available)

Bus Tickets to Art Museums

May 14, 2023

Tickets = $45.00 per person

  • Option 1: National Portrait Gallery – Smithsonian:  Buses will leave the Hyatt Regency Reston and drop off at the National Portrait Gallery for a self-guided tour of the National Portrait Gallery and return after 6:30pm. - LIMITED SEATS AVAILABLE

  • Option 2: We the People Exhibition – The Army Museum:  Mary Whyte will travel with attendees to The Army Museum and conduct a tour of We the People, an exhibition of Fifty Large-Scale Watercolor Portraits of Veterans of All Ages and All Walks of Life - One from Every State. (Buses leave at 12:45 and return at approx. 5pm) - SOLD OUT

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2023 Sponsors

Thank you to our 2023 Sponsors!

Your support will enable us to recognize the best artwork being produced in the world of portraiture and figurative art today. We are so excited to celebrate our 25th The Art of the Portrait, and we could not do it without the support of our sponsors. 


Virtual Conference

Interested in attending the conference but cannot attend in person? Click the button above to learn more about our Virtual Conference!

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Interested in attending the conference on a scholarship? Apply today to receive one of the two types of scholarships offered by the Portrait Society:  

  1. The Gordon Wetmore Legacy Scholarship is awarded annually for a college or atelier student. This scholarship provides tuition, 1/2 of a shared room and a travel allowance.

  2. Twenty tuition-only scholarships are awarded for artists to attend the annual conference. 

Simply click on the button above to submit three images and a 300-word statement no later than January 31, 2023. 

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