***CONFERENCE RESCHEDULED - August 27-30, 2020***

The Art of the Portrait Conference

Orlando, FL

Due to COVID-19, The Art of the Portrait conference has been rescheduled to August 27-30, 2020. 

We are excited to release the schedule for the 2020 Conference in Orlando, FL! Click the button below to view the schedule as a PDF. 

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Join us in Orlando, Florida, August 27-30, 2020 to celebrate twenty-two 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, Kevin Chambers, Casey Childs, Joseph Daily, Michelle Dunaway, Kerry Dunn, Tina Garrett, Seth Haverkamp, Jeff Hein, Quang Ho, Edward Jonas, Robert Liberace, Susan Lyon, Dean Mitchell, Michael Shane Neal, Richard C. Nelson, Paul Newton, Teresa Oaxaca, Alicia Ponzio, Mary Qian, Mardie Rees, Daniel Sprick, Adrienne Stein, Dawn Whitelaw, Mary Whyte, and Elizabeth Zanzinger. 

Conference Schedule Highlights:

  • Pre-conference drawing workshops with Robert Liberace, Michelle Dunaway, and Alicia Ponzio

  • Face-Off event featuring 18 faculty artists

  • Sales of Art Materials and Products

  • Mainstage demos featuring faculty artists

  • Nightly drawing studio time

  • Breakout sessions

  • Sculpting and painting demos in the Grand Foyer

  • Faculty artist book signings 

  • Portfolio critiques by faculty artists

  • 2020 Gala and Awards Banquet

A recent attendee said it best: 

"This was my first time attending and I met the most beautiful and insanely talented people. Everyone, from attendees to veteran artists, were so kind and willing to share whatever was asked of them. I learned enough to fill a million canvases and I made lifelong friends."

The Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista will be the host hotel for the largest event in America today featured solely on the art of the portrait and figurative work. Whether you are a professional full-time artist or you desire to take your art to the next level, we have a program to benefit you. 

  • Member Tuition is only $535 (includes all classes except banquet and pre-conference workshops)

  • Non-Member Tuition is only $635 (includes all classes except banquet and pre-conference workshops)

Questions?  Call 1-877-772-4321

Tuition Cancellation Policy: Notify the Portrait Society before June 15, 2020 to receive a full refund. After June 15, 2020, an educational credit will be issued for your tuition less a $100 cancellation fee. Banquet tickets are non-refundable.

Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista
Disney Springs in Orlando, FL

Make your reservation today! Staying at our host hotel, the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista located in the Walt Disney World Resort, is the most convenient way to experience the 2020 The Art of the Portrait conference.


Portrait Society conference rate: $129 per night

Conference dates: August 27-30, 2020

(Rate extended  2 days before and 2 days after)

For Reservations:

Call Toll-Free for at 1-800-782-4414 (use reference code ART for the group rate) or to reserve online click below:

Walt Disney World Resort Tickets

We are excited to share that conference attendees can reserve special Walt Disney World Resort tickets from August 27-30, 2020. 

Click the image to view more details, and then click the button to reserve tickets online. Previously purchased discounted Disney tickets will be honored in August.

Apply for a Scholarship

As part of our ongoing mission to educate the public about the traditions of fine art portraiture and figurative works, the Portrait Society offers opportunities for scholarships based on need and merit.  

  • 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. 
  • Thirty tuition-only scholarships are awarded for artists to attend the annual conference. 

Please note: The scholarship application period will close on January 30, 2020. 

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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 22nd 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. 

Phone Toll-Free: 1-877-772-4321  •  Fax: 1-850-222-7890  •  Email: info@portraitsociety.org

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

Elizabeth Zanzinger