On June 12, 2020, Edward Jonas, our Chairman, passed away. Ed was completely dedicated to the premise that the Portrait Society was founded on, which is to build a bridge between artists for the purpose of passing on knowledge. He donated countless hours of his time, sharing his own artistic knowledge and many other abilities including designing and building our gallery wall that displays our finalists' artwork in a professional setting, writing over 100 chairs letters for International Artist magazine, teaching Portrait Academies and conference workshops, designing and sculpting the Portrait Society Gold Medal and creating the Portrait Society seal. He led the Society by establishing short term goals as well as a future vision for the Portrait Society.
In memory of Ed, we have established the Edward Jonas Memorial Fund, to annually award a grant of $1,000 to an artist that is either developing a project focused on portraiture or enrolling in a workshop that teaches skills related to figure drawing and painting. If you would like to contribute to Ed in memory of his 22 years of devotion and enthusiasm for our organization, click the Donate button.