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:

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


The Portrait Society was founded in 1998 by Gordon Wetmore, Edward Jonas and Tom Donahue as a national non-profit organization formed to increase aesthetic and technical knowledge of the practicing portrait artist, artist's representatives, art students and the general public. Joined in 1998 by an Advisory Board of this country's leading artists, William Draper, Daniel Greene, Everett Raymond Kinstler, and Burton Silverman have served since the inception of the organization. In 2007, celebrated artist, Judith Carducci joined the Executive Board, and last year, internationally known sculptor Rhoda Sherbell joined the Advisory Board.  The Portrait Society hosted its first conference in 1998 and has been expanding since in the number of members, types of services and range of educational support we are able to provide.

Gordon Wetmore

In Memoriam

Gordon Wetmore



It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Founder and Board Chairman, Gordon Wetmore.  Gordon leaves behind the legacy of passion, for his own art, for helping others develop their talent and for his family.  He was a true leader and influenced the resurgence of representational art in America.  Gordon had a way of making you feel as though he had known you for years. He was the face of the Portrait Society and had a Southern Charm that welcomed members into our Portrait Family. His had an extraordinary gift of being able to easily relate and communicate with people. He will be remembered as a great man, a wonderful artist and a visionary.


Gordon attended The Art Students League in New York. He was a member of the Artist’s Fellowship of New York, the Oil Painters of America and served on the board of Overseers of Opera Boston. He was the founding Chairman of the Portrait Society of America.


Gordon passed away on August 25, 2011, shortly after being diagnosed with exremely rare Prion diease.  He is survived by his wife, Connie, and three daughters, Amy, Alexandra and Abigail.


You can make donations to a legacy scholarship fund established in Gordon's name.

In Memoriam

Calvin Goodman



Calvin J. Goodman, influential mentor to artists and advisor to arts organizations, died in Los Angeles on August 17th, 2011 of natural causes. Known for his insight into the thoughts that motivate an artist, Goodman had an uncanny ability to help creative spirits discover and connect with the audience their work would speak to.


Among Goodmans unique contributions was his Art Marketing Handbook, a guide for artists and art dealers addressing every aspect of its subject from gallery design to contracts, pricing, sales presentations, and professional ethics for artists.


Goodman long advised Artists Equity and was a founding member and served on the Advisory Board of the Portrait Society of America. He was the only non-artist to serve on its board. A prolific writer, Goodman contributed articles regularly to American Artist, Southwest Art, and Artist Magazine.

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