2020 International Portrait Competition
William F. Draper Grand Prize - $25,000 Cash Award
You are invited to enter the 22nd Annual International Portrait Competition, showcasing the finest in portraiture and figurative art today. The International Portrait Competition is open to all artists, members and non-members. A variety of mediums is welcomed and encouraged. The selected finalists are required to exhibit their selected original artwork and be present at the prestigious The Art of the Portrait© conference in Orlando, FL, April 16-19, 2020 for final judging and awards.
Entry Deadline: February 12, 2020
Finalists announced: March 2, 2020
Awards: Saturday, April 18, 2020
Over $115,000 in cash and awards will be presented, with a $25,000 cash Grand Prize.
Entry Criteria-- All entries must meet the following:
Must be the artist’s own original design and concept
Completed after March 2017
For 2D the longest side should not be larger than 60”
For 3D the size of the piece should weigh no more than 50 pounds and under 8'
For 3D artwork, the submitted work should be in final material, ready for display
Portrait Society Board Members and Gold Medal recipients are ineligible
Previous winner of the Draper Grand Prize are ineligible
Faculty donating their time to teach at conference are eligible to enter the competition
In addition, no photography, electronic, computer generated art, art done in a class, workshop or under supervision is eligible. All other media is accepted and encouraged, both two-dimensional and three-dimensional. Participants are eligible to submit up to three artworks for consideration.
Up to three digital image files can be submitted. Note: Sculpture entries can provide up to 3 views of the same piece. Electronic submissions through the Portrait Society of America’s secure site can be uploaded through the February 12, 2020 deadline.
Awards & Recognition
2019 3rd Place Winner
Quang Ho, Denver, CO
The Farmhand (Noelle), 38x24", oil
Top award winners will be eligible for over $110,000 in cash and prizes. The William Draper Grand Prize includes a feature article in International Artist Magazine and a $25,000 cash prize. Finalists also receive recognition in The Art of the Portrait© journal and on the Portrait Society's website. Top finalists receive complementary tuition to The Art of the Portrait© Conference 2020, as well as other cash and prizes.
Awards will be presented at the annual conference Saturday, April 18, 2020 in the following categories:
Grand Prize: An overall selected winner from the top twenty finalists’ artwork.
First Place Drawing
First Place Painting
First Place Sculpture
Six Placement Awards
Ten Merit Awards
File Upload Deadline: February 12, 2020
Finalist Notification: March 2, 2020
Exhibition Dates: April 16-19, 2020
Gala Awards Banquet: April 18, 2020
2019 1st Place Sculpture
Erin McCarthy, Revere, MA
Simple Man, 9.5 x 7.5 x 20.5", plaster
The $45 Entry Fee covers up to 3 unique submissions.
Credit cards are accepted on-line with your submission, the fee is non-refundable and must accompany your submission.
If you are selected as a finalist you are required to be in attendance with your artwork to win a prize.
2019 1st Place Drawing
Sookyi Lee, Singapore, Singapore
White Gown, 14x11", charcoal on toned paper
Formatting Digital Entry
Make note of these items when formatting your entry:
· Only Digital entries will be accepted
· Up to three digital image files can be submitted on online via our entry form
· Save each file in the following form: JPG or TIFF
· No larger than 3 megabytes each
· Images should ONLY be of the artwork
· Do not include matting frame, etc. in the image
2019 1st Place Painting and People's Choice
Alex Venezia, Cary, NC
Haunting, 20x16", Oil
Labeling Digital Entry
Each file must be labeled in the following format:
Artists Last Name-First Initial-Entry Letter
(Separate each by a dash)
For example: smith-j-A.jpg
Call the Portrait Society, toll-free at 1-877-772-4321.
2019 Second Place
Joshua LaRock, Raleigh, NC
Midshipman, US Naval Academy, 42x30”, Oil