Teen Portrait Competition
Between the ages of 13 to 17? Live in the U.S.? Make art?
Those who answer “yes” to those questions can enter work in the Teen Portrait Competition of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery has opened a “call for entries” for its Teen Portrait Competition. Artists between the ages of 13 and 17 may submit portraits to the juried competition in the medium of photography via email to NPG-TeenPortraitCompetition@si.edu . The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2020. The two grand-prize photos will be printed and displayed at the National Portrait Gallery in 2020.
Local teenagers designed the competition for their peers under the supervision of the museum’s education department. The competition was designed to introduce teenagers to the concept of representing identity through portraiture.
“Our main goal for this project is that it be ‘for teens, by teens,’” said Rebecca Kasemeyer, director of Audience Engagement for the National Portrait Gallery. “We want the competition to be available to all teens.”
Entry applications will be submitted via email, and the finalists will be chosen by the National Portrait Gallery’s Teen Museum Council. The jurors for this competition will include the Teen Museum Council, Teen Programs Specialist Caitlin Blake, and a guest juror.
The competition accepts submissions of photographic portraits only, though digital editing is allowed. Entrants should email their portrait as a JPEG attachment, and include their first name, last name, school grade, and zip code in the body of the email. Please also include an artist statement, of 140 words or less, about the submitted work. Two winners will be chosen: one in the 13- to 15-year-old category and one in the 16- to 17-year-old category. The two winning photos will be displayed in the museum in spring 2020, outside the Outwin Boochever Competition exhibition. Winners and honorable-mention photos will be featured on the Portrait Gallery’s website.
Only one entry per person will be accepted.
More information about entering the competition is available on the Rules & Requirements page.
Additional questions can be sent to NPG-TeenPortraitCompetition@si.edu.