The Outwin 2019: American Portraiture Today presents nearly 50 portraits that were selected through an open call that garnered more than 2,600 entries from artists working across the United States and Puerto Rico. For the first time in the triennial’s history, the museum specifically asked that submissions respond “to the current political and social context,” and this resulting presentation offers perspectives on some of today’s most pressing issues.

The selected finalists create portraits in a wide range of media—painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, time-based media art, installation, and performance—but all are keenly aware of portraiture’s potential to insist on the presence, and importance, of every human being. This year’s Outwin aims to advance the art of portraiture for future generations while encouraging visitors to empathize and locate meaningful connections.

On view at NPG October 26, 2019 – March 13, 2020

Prize Winners

Exhibition Photos

William Alatriste
Erin Anderson
Keliy Anderson-Staley
Joan Baez
Jose Antonio Bedolla
Julie Bell
Ali Cavanaugh
Susan Copich
Kamille Corry
Kenturah Davis
Steve Davis
Ruth Dealy
Miguel del Rey Vergara
Edie Dillon
Eric Dyer
Daniel Farnum
Natasha Gornik
Kira Nam Greene
Muriel Hasbun
Jacob Hayes
Ricardo Hernandez
Michal Hunter
CYJO (Cindy Hwang-Archambault)
Vikesh Kapoor
Rania Matar
Zully Mejia
Mark Sisson
Jared Soares
Hiroshi Watanabe
Elizabeth Withstandley
Natasha Young