Every year, thousands of artists from coast to coast and around the globe submit their artwork for entry into the Portrait Society of America’s International Portrait Competition, with the hopes of being selected as one of a handful of talented finalists. For many artists, the highlight of being selected is the chance to display their work at the annual The Art of the Portrait conference, where friends, family and fellow artists come together to celebrate their success and behold the winning artworks up close. Sadly, this year the global coronavirus pandemic has prevented us from safely gathering to view and judge the 2020 competition winners and their works. However, with a separate and new online event planned for August, the original 2020 conference program and competition winners will move forward to the 2021 conference, which is scheduled for May 6 to 9 in Washington, D.C. So, while we wait ever so patiently (or not) to be at arm’s length with each other again, the silver lining is that we have an extra year to highlight the incredible paintings, drawings and sculptures created by this year’s 23 finalists. From California to Maine, and from Canada to China, this group of finalists represent some of the world’s most talented portrait and figurative artists working today.
From the West Coast, Annie Murphy-Robinson, Olga Krimon, Oliver Sin and Brittany Ryan are all California-based artists with their homes and studios spread from Sacramento to Laguna Beach.
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