Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2022

Artists are invited to submit portraits in any media for consideration in the sixth triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. As with past editions, the competition seeks to broaden the definition of portraiture and highlight the genre’s relevance in society and contemporary art. Artworks may originate from direct encounters between the artist and the sitter or draw upon existing imagery or archival research in response to history. Artists are encouraged to think about portraiture’s potential to engage with the social and political landscape of our time. All artists entering must be of USA citizenship.

The competition welcomes all media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, printmaking, textiles, video, performance, and digital or time-based art.

All entries must be submitted electronically through the online submission site below, which opens October 5, 2020 at 9am EASTERN TIME (Washington, DC) and closes January 29, 2021, at 12 am midnight MOUNTAIN TIME (Denver, CO).

1 prize $25.000
2 prize $7.500
3 prize $5.000
Five prizes of 1.000 each
The winner of the people choice award $500

How to enter
Please check with the competition organisation to see what the current regulations are regarding the Covid10 Pandemic.

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Here are some art materials for you to get inspired by. Click on the images for more information about the products.


Sketching Pencil Set, Drawing Pencils and Sketch Kit,30-Piece Complete Artist Kit Includes Graphite Pencils,Charcoal Pencils, Paper Erasable Pen, Sketch Pencils Set for Drawing

Caran d’Ache Luminance 6901 Professional Portrait Color, Set of 20 (6901.920)

Arteza Drawing Set for Adults, Set of 33 Artist Sketching Tools, Includes 20 Graphite & 4 Charcoal Sketch Pencils, 1 Fineliner, 3 Blenders, 1 Sharpener, 3 Erasers & 1 Hobby Knife

Royal Talens Rembrandt Artists’ Soft Full Pastels, Boxed Set of 90 Portrait Colors (31814190)

30 Colors Skin Tone Markers with Standing Base, Alcohol Based Markers Set for Adults Coloring, Dual Tip Permanent Art Pens with bag for Portrait Drawing Sketching

See the full overview of art competitions for 2021 here.