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The Art of the Portrait Conference ~ April 25-28, 2024 ~ Atlanta, GA

Join artists from all over the world for the 26th anniversary The Art of the Portrait conference! The conference is a gathering of artists from all over the world that share a passion for the portrait. The format of the event provides a variety of demonstrations in diverse mediums, discussions on how to advance your career, hands on workshops, meeting the selected finalists and viewing their artwork in The International, 6x9 Limited Size Unlimited Talent – Mystery Art Sale, networking, portfolio critiques and so much more!

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Have Questions?

Call toll-free 1-877-772-4321 to have your questions answered by the Portrait Society of America staff. 

What will you EXPERIENCE?

  • LEARN new drawing and painting techniques

  • CONNECT with established figurative artists

  • DISCOVER new drawing and painting materials

  • HEAR about innovative approaches for the business of art

  • RECEIVE one-on-one critiques of their portfolios from professional artists

  • BE INSPIRED by viewing the original artwork in The International

  • PRACTICE in the free evening drawing studio

  • ENGAGE in the hands-on opportunities in breakout classes

Our 2024 faculty artists are Luis Alvarez-Roure, Anna Rose Bain, Frances Bell, Jason Bouldin, Scott Burdick, Wende Caporale-Greene, Louis Carr, Ali Cavanaugh, Kevin Chambers, Casey Childs, John Coleman, Jamie Coreth, Grace Devito, Thomas Caleb Goggans, Liz Harris, Jeff Hein, Susan Lyon, Mattie Ree Neal, Michael Shane Neal, Paul Newton, Kate Orr, Kai Lun Qu, Tim Rees, Oliver Sin, Samuel Walter, Dawn Whitelaw, Mary Whyte, and Shane Wolf.



What can you EXPECT?

  • An Opening program featuring 15 artists demonstrating in oil, watercolor, pastel, graphite and clay

  • 3 Pre-conference workshops to provide you with a full day of hands-on instruction

  • 7 Main Stage demonstrations by Mary Whyte, Sharon Sprung, Anna Rose Bain, Casey Childs, Jeff Hein, Susan Lyon, and Louis Carr

  • Panel discussions that will provide you vital information on the challenges of painting portraits, how to get an accurate likeness, and branding and marketing your work

  • 8 breakout classes to select from with a variety of topics

  • The Gala Awards and banquet on Saturday evening – the Oscars of portraiture!

  • Exhibit Hall featuring the latest in art materials and services

  • Portfolio critiques from professional artists


... and so much more! Click the button above to view the full conference schedule.




Tuition Rates:

Member rate: $585.00

Non-Member rate: $685.00

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

Please Note: The Gala Awards Banquet is SOLD OUT. Please call 1-877-772-4321 if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.

Cancellation Policy: If your plans change, please notify the Portrait Society in writing before February 15, 2024 to receive a full refund. After February 15, 2024, 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.


Grand Hyatt Atlanta


All conference activities will take place at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead, our host hotel. Currently, the Grand Hyatt is sold out, but we have secured a Portrait Society block of rooms, conveniently located right across the street, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta Buckhead. Simply click on the button above to reserve your room at the Portrait Society's group rate.


Embassy Suites by Hilton - Buckhead
3285 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305
Tel: (404) 261-7733
Portrait Society conference rate: $169/night-includes breakfast.
Reservation link: Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta Buckhead

If you prefer to stay at the Grand Hyatt we would suggest periodically checking to see if any rooms become available.


Grand Hyatt Atlanta - Buckhead

3300 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

Tel: (404) 237-1234

Group Code: G-PRTS

Portrait Society conference rate: $145/night

Reservation link: Grand Hyatt Atlanta Buckhead 


Virtual Conference


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



Thank you for our 2024 Sponsors, your support enables us to recognize the best artwork being produced in the world of portraiture and figurative art today. We are so excited to celebrate our 26th The Art of the Portrait, and we appreciate your support. Click on the 'View Sponsors' button to see a full list. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

For questions on transportation, name badge pick-up, exhibitors, books and more!

Please click on the 'View FAQs' button to learn more.

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Conference Scholarships


As part of our ongoing mission to educate the public about the traditions of fine art portraiture and figurative works, the Portrait Society offers several scholarships.


In addition to over 20 tuition-only scholarships awarded annually for artists to attend the conference, the Portrait Society awards two full scholarships that provide tuition, three nights hotel stay, and travel allowance:  The Gordon Wetmore Legacy and The Judith Carducci scholarships.

Apply on or before January 31, 2024.


Conference Scholarship for Veteran


The Portrait Society is partnering with the Patriot Art Foundation to offer one full
scholarship that provides tuition, three-night hotel stay, and travel allowance to a veteran in support of the Foundations mission to provide free education and materials to veterans who desire to use art as a conduit for self-expression, connection, and purpose.

Apply on or before January 31, 2024.

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