Scholar Day at the National Portrait Gallery

January 20, 2022
The National Portrait Gallery, 8th and G Streets, Washington, D.C., 20001

Call for Papers

Applications due Monday, March 7, 2022, 5 p.m. ET to

The National Portrait Gallery calls for applications for a half-day writing workshop. The two selected scholars will receive critical, constructive feedback on pre-circulated samples of writing drafts through a digital workshop held via Zoom on the morning of Friday, September 2, 2022. The workshop, which will convene Portrait Gallery curators and historians, seeks to nurture and support the development of scholarly works to enrich the field of portraiture and visual biography. We invite submissions of writing that challenge the field of portraiture and explore categories of race, class, gender, and/or ethnicity. Two scholars will be selected.

The biennial Scholar Day is presented by PORTAL, the Portrait Gallery’s Scholarly Center

To be eligible:

  • Scholars must have an in-progress draft of an article or chapter from an upcoming book in manuscript form
  • Scholars must be available to tune in virtually for the program on the morning of Friday, September 2, 2022

Please note that no work written by an employee of the Smithsonian Institution or produced by a Smithsonian publications office is eligible.

To apply, please email the following as a single PDF:

1.) One-to-two page CV(250-500 words)
2.) One-page proposal (250 words)
3.) Statement explaining the relationship between the paper and your other work

Selection Process

A panel of judges from the National Portrait Gallery will review all applications. Two applicants will be chosen to participate in the workshop. Selected participants will be notified in Spring/Summer 2022.

Attend as a Guest Scholar

Scholars who wish to attend must request permission by emailing Attendance is limited. Papers will be available for request beginning August 2022