2020 Members Only Competition

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All members of the Portrait Society of America are eligible to enter the 16th annual Members Only Competition for your chance to see your work featured in the pages of International Artist magazine, The Art of the Portrait Journal, and the Portrait Society of America website and social media pages.

The Members Only Competition, held annually, is open to all Portrait Society members in good standing.  Each fall, up to five categories are offered and members can submit up to one artwork per category.  All work must be your own original design and concept, created independently, completed in the last three years and have never won an award in any previous art competition.  All media is accepted in each category including oil, pastel, watercolor, graphite, sculpture, etc. No electronic/computer generated or altered artwork, work done in a class, workshop or under supervision is eligible. 

Competition Timetable:

Online Entry Deadline: November 5, 2020

Winner Notification: December 14, 2020


Commissioned Portrait

Non-Commissioned Portrait

Plein Air

Outside the Box

Animals as the Subject


Participants can enter one piece of their work in one or more of the five categories. For example, an artist may enter one work in the Plein Air category and another work in the Commissioned Portrait category. There is an entry fee of $35 per category (1 entry per category).  Entry is by digital file and uploaded through the on-line entry form. The entry fee is non-refundable and must accompany your submission.

Awards and Recognition:

Top award winners will be chosen for each of the five categories. The First Place winners in each category will have the option to receives Holding History, an exact museum quality reproduction of a John Singer Sargent palette along with complimentary video illustrating the path of the palette from Sargent's Tite Street studio in London to Everett Raymond Kinstler's Studio in Connecticut, or the option to receive complimentary tuition to attend The Art of the Portrait in Washington, DC on May 6-9, 2020. First Place winners will also be acknowledged in The Art of the Portrait section of International Artist magazine. All winners will be recognized on the Portrait Society of America’s website and in the Portrait Society’s The Art of the Portrait journal.​​

 2020 Winners: View 1st Place Winners by category

 2019 Winners: View 1st Place Winners by category

 2018 Winners: View 1st Place Winners by category

 2017 Winners: View 1st Place Winners by category

 2016 Winners: View 1st Place Winners by category

2015 Winners: View 1st Place Winners by category

2014 Winners: View 1st Place Winners by category

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