2017 International Portrait Competition Certificates of Excellence
by Matthew Innis |
For the judges of the Portrait Society of America’s International Portrait Competition, it is never easy to choose among the thousands of entires which few will become finalists. Â And even after the last choices are made, and a group is selected to compete for the top prizes, there are always works which missed the final cut but about which the judgesÂ still cannot help thinking. Â These works, which â€“ by a hair â€“ missed becoming finalists, receive the honor of a Certificate of Excellence. Â The award winners, of which there are 26 this year, will beÂ included in the opening video at the 19th Annual Art of the Portrait Conference Â in Atlanta, Georgia, and the artists will receive their awards during the banquet ceremony on April 22nd. Â Unfortunately, the original works will not be on display alongside the finalists during the conference, but thanks to the Portrait Society of America releasing the names and images, you can see the fantastic work here. Â Congratulations to all of the award winners!
Jules Arthur (New York, NY USA) Harriet Tubman distressed wood, rusted metal rails, antique railroad lamps, antique sconce, antique gold leaf frame, portrait painted in oil on wood panel 52 x 34 inches
Dominic Avant (Bradenton, FL USA) Lounging oil 30 x 40 inches
Bianca Berends (Willemstad, CuraÃ§ao) Thijs oil on canvas 12 x 12 inches
Scott Burdick (King, NC USA) I am Choctoaw oil on canvas 40 x 30 inches
John Michael Carter (Louisville, KY USA) Yellow Kimono oil on canvas 30 x 40 inches