The Outwin 2022
American Portraiture Today

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The National Portrait Gallery’s triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition celebrates excellence in the art of portraiture. It is the realization of Virginia Outwin Boochever’s gift to the Smithsonian and the nation, a testament to the transformative power of one individual to make an impact. Every three years, artists living and working in the United States are invited by the museum to submit one of their recent portraits to a panel of experts. The selected artworks reflect the compelling and diverse approaches contemporary artists are using to tell the American story through portraiture.

People's Choice Award

See the Winner of the 2022 People’s Choice Award!


Learn more about their art and processes!


Meet the 2022 Finalists

Forty-two portraits were selected from an open call that yielded more than 2,700 entries.

Meet the Jurors

Four guest jurors join three National Portrait Gallery curators to select the 2022 finalists.

Virginia Outwin Boochever

Meet the benefactor who endowed this national, triennial competition and exhibition.

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