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.  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 judges still cannot help thinking.  These works, which – by a hair – missed becoming finalists, receive the honor of a Certificate of Excellence.  The award winners, of which there are 26 this year, will be included in the opening video at the 19th Annual Art of the Portrait Conference  in Atlanta, Georgia, and the artists will receive their awards during the banquet ceremony on April 22nd.  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.  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)
30 x 40 inches

Bianca Berends (Willemstad, Curaçao)
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

Rick Casali (Galesville, MD USA)
patinated plaster
21 x 15 x 9 inches

Qiyu Dong (Shanghai, China)
Turn Right – Turn Left
watercolor on paper
59.8 x 31.9 inches

Michelle Dunaway (Albuquerque, NM USA)
The Artist (Portrait of Katie Whipple)
40 x 26 inches

Eddie Filer (Texas City, TX USA)
Uncle Martin
oil on linen
18 x 14 inches

David Gluck (Duncan, BC Canada)
Pheasant Hunter
oil on panel
36 x 24 inches

Palden Hamilton (Baltimore, MD USA)
Mother and Child
oil on panel
32 x 29 inches

Lihuai He (Beijing, China)
Pure Mind
oil on copper plate
40 x 30 cm

Benat Iglesias (New York, NY USA)
charcoal on paper
64 x 51 inches

Daniel Keys (Fresno, CA USA)
Jaime with Flowers
16 x 16 inches

Sandra Kuck (Boca Raton, FL USA)
Mending Heart (Portrait of John Post Op)
oil on canvas
30 x 24 inches

Sarah Lacy (Ottawa, Ontario Canada)
I Am Everything
oil on linen
24 x 18 inches

Shana Levenson (Albuquerque, NM USA)
Sibling Bond
oil on Dibond panel
36 x 24 inches

David McLeod (Birmingham, AL USA)
Untitled Hologram of Time
oil on glass
59 x 71 x 20 inches

Joseph Noorigian (Philadelphia, PA USA)
life size

Evert Ploeg (Sydney, NSW Australia)
Retrospection – Dame Margaret Scott listens to Chausson’s composition for ‘Jardin aux Lilas’
oil on linen
72 x 54 inches

Aapo Pukk (Saue, Harju Estonia)
In Our Living Room
oil on canvas
46 x 33 inches

Hiroshi Sato (San Francisco, CA USA)
Asian American
oil on panel
48 x 36 inches

Adrienne Stein (Wrightsville, PA USA)
Wild Orchid
oil on linen
36 x 24 inches

Kyle Stuckey (Charleston, SC USA)
Artist’s Critique
30 x 22 inches

Tunping Wang (Long Island City, NY USA)
graphite and charcoal on paper
48 x 36 inches

Weilie Wu ( Shanghai, China)
pastel on paper
37 x 24 cm

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