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The Future Generation

A juried competition for emerging artists 18-25 years old 

Application Closed

The Portrait Society of America is pleased to announce a Call for Entries for our fourth annual The Future Generation Competition. This competition was created to acknowledge the work of talented, emerging artists, who are 18 to 25 years old. Early recognition in art competitions can have a great impact on a young artist’s career, as it did for John Singer Sargent, who at the age of twenty-three, won Honorable Mention at the Paris Salon for a portrait he painted of his teacher, Carolus-Duran. 

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Entry Deadline: 

August 15, 2023 by 11:59 pm EST

Announcement of Winners:

September 7, 2023

Entry Fee:

Entry fee is $25 (for up to three online entries)


  • Artists must be 18-25 years old.

  • Submitted artwork should feature the human figure (portrait or figurative).

  • Artwork must be the artist’s own original design and concept.

  • In addition, photography, electronic/computer generated art, art done in a class, workshop or under supervision of a teacher is ineligible.

  • All other media is accepted and encouraged, both two-dimensional and three-dimensional.

2023 The Future Generation, First Place

Jana Buettner, Burden, 59x51x43", Clay 


The top four Future Generation winners will receive cash and prizes, as well as worldwide recognition in International Artist magazine, The Art of the Portrait quarterly journal and on the Portrait Society’s website and social media platforms. First Place will receive a medal award presented at the annual The Art of the Portrait conference, April 25-28, 2024 in Atlanta, GA.

  • First Place - $1200 cash award, Edward Jonas Memorial Medal, and complimentary tuition to The Art of the Portrait conference

  • Second Place - $800 cash award and a John Singer Sargent replica palette

  • Third Place - $400 cash award and a one-year Portrait Society membership

  • Fourth Place - $200, Educational Video selection of choice

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