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Signature Status

Signature Status recognizes those practicing and accomplished artists who are dedicated to the educational mission and high aesthetic standards of the Portrait Society of America. The artist’s work must consistently demonstrate a high level of skill and sophistication of aesthetics.


This honorary status grants the right to use the initials of the organization (PSS- Portrait Society Signature) on all personally created works as an indication of our harmonious high standards and goals to create, to advance, and to share.

Artist to Artist Artwork Critique Service

We invited you to take advantage of this member service and submit your work to be critiqued by a nationally known artist. Recently we revamped and expanded this service to make it work better for you.


For a fee of $35, members are invited to email up to five artworks. One of our acclaimed faculty will personally call you to review and discuss your artwork, addressing issues from color and composition to anatomy and perspective.

State Ambassador
Outreach Program

In 2003, the State Ambassador Outreach Program was created as an effort to increase the personal contact between the Portrait Society of America, growing membership and the organization.


Each State Ambassador serves as a resource for members and interested artists, providing information about the Portrait Society, educational workshops and classes, mentors, museum exhibitions and all things related to the discipline of portraiture within their state.

Mentorships and Grants

In 1998, the Portrait Society was formed as a national non-profit organization to increase aesthetic and technical knowledge of the practicing portrait artist, artist's representatives, art students and the general public. Twenty-two years later, two of our founding members, Everett Raymond Kinstler and Edward Jonas, have left a legacy within the Portrait Society that we would like to honor. In their memories, we have created two memorial funds that will be used to assist portrait artists in achieving their goals. 

Cecilia Beaux Forum 

In 2005, the Portrait Society of America instituted the Cecilia Beaux Forum as a committee to address particular considerations faced by women in the arts.


The purpose of the Cecilia Beaux Forum is to strengthen the role of women artists by providing programs and resources to enhance the quality of, as well as the public’s knowledge and appreciation of, their work. 

Ways We Thank
Our Members

In addition to providing a variety of services that promote portraiture and figurative works, the Portrait Society thanks our members through a variety of publications including a quarterly report journal and bimonthly International Artist Magazine. We also have a dedicated page in American Art Collector featuring recent unveilings. 

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