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  Signature Status

Portrait Academies

We are excited to announce that we are bringing back Portrait Academies. Portrait Academies are a series of intimate workshop weekends offered by the Portrait Society. Attendees are able to observe professional artists demonstrating from live models.  A full day life drawing and painting workshop allows participants to receive personal instruction and advice from seasoned professional artists. The weekend wraps up with opportunities for one-on-one portfolio critiques. High school and college students are offered scholarships to attend the demonstration.


Save the date for these upcoming Portrait Academies!


October 6 & 7, 2017 - Studio Incamminati, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


October 27 & 28, 2017 - Townsend Atelier, Chattanooga, Tennessee


Registration opens July 10, 2017. Keep an eye on your inbox for more details to come soon.

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The inaugural Signature Status members were announced at the 2014 The Art of the Portrait conference. Recipients were:  Judith Carducci, Natalie Italiano, and Mary Muller.


For the second year, 2015, the Signature Status Recipients were: Leslie Adams, Ellen Cooper, Kristy Gordon, Iliya Mirochnik, Olga Nielsen, Ted Reed, Ardith Starostka, James Tennison, and Wesley Wofford.


For the third year, 2016, the Signature Status recipients were: Garth Herrick, Mary Buckman, Romulo Galicano, Richard C. Nelson, Vasudeo Kamath, Harry Ahn and Sharon Sprung.


For the fourth year, 2017, the Signature Status recipients are: Robert T. Barrett, Gabriela Delosso, Lihuai He, David Hettinger, Jacqueline Jasper, Sam Knecht, Ricky, Mujica, Aapo Pukk and Mardie Rees


Application Deadline is September 1, 2017.

Submissions should consist of:


1. Ten (10) examples, digitally represented, of the artist's own, solely created works

2. A Biography (up to two pages, including qualifying exhibits or competitions)

3. On-line application opens January 1 and the deadline to apply is September 1st of each year.

4. Applicants must be an active dues paying member.

5. Applicants will be notified by March 1 of the year after application closes.

6. Accepted Signature Members will be honored at the annual conference following the year of the designation.

7. There is a non-refundable $35 submission fee.

This designation does not constitute or should not be used as any form of commercial endorsement by the Portrait Society of America.  

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