The Outwin 2016 - Opening Party

Below are photographs from our opening party on March 11, 2016. Congratulations to all the artists!

"The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today" is on view from March 12, 2016 - January 8. 2017 at the National Portrait Gallery.

The finalists of the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition (not all are pictured).


Artist Amy Sherald was awarded first prize for her work Miss Everything.  She is pictured here with "The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today" curator Dorothy Moss.






I was distressed to see your 2nd prize conferred on a white resident of SF/Oakland who describes himself as a 'voyeur' of homeless people in his area. His canvasses are selling for $10,000+ and flying out of his studio while more and more Black and brown people are being displaced from the Mission. While his talent for pencil drawing is undeniable, isn't the day over for this kind of white appreciation for the downtrodden that nets a crazy income and a fabulous career while these subjects remain in poverty, on the streets?? What is the rubric for choosing 'best' works??? So many of the entries had a much more organic and equitable relationship between the artist and the subject. People from and of the communities they were presenting created the image. I am shocked that in 2016, your esteemed jurors showed little critical consciousness on this aspect of the works.

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