2025 Outwin Boochever
Portrait Competition

The Outwin American Portraiture Today Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition

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 convey their personal and collective stories through portraiture.


Portrait of man and woman with masks

Meet the 2022 Finalists

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

LaToya Ruby Frazier headshot

Meet the Jurors

Four guest jurors join three National Portrait gallery curators to select the 2025 finalists.

Portrait of Virginia Outwin Boochever

Virginia Outwin Boochever

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

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