Opening Reception - Friday, March 22 – 7:00 to 10:00 PM
“The vision of Virginia Outwin Boochever was to increase awareness about portraiture as a vibrant art form,” said Wendy Wick Reaves, interim director of the museum. “I think that this installation will dazzle people with the wide variety of materials used to make portraits.” The juried exhibition received more than 3,000 entries in a variety of visual arts media and a total of 48 works were chosen.
External jurors for the competition were critic Peter Frank, artist Hung Liu, art historian Richard Powell, photographer Alec Soth, and National Portrait Gallery staff Brandon Brame Fortune, chief curator, Dorothy Moss, assistant curator of painting and sculpture, and Reaves.
The exhibition will be accompanied by both an app and a publication illustrating each of the 48 finalists’ works. It includes an essay by Mary Sherriff, the W.R. Kenan, Jr. distinguished Professor of Art History at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
During the exhibition, museum and web visitors can vote for their favorite pieces as part of the “People’s Choice Award” with the winners announced this September.
Carole A. Feuerman, The General’s Daughter, 2011
Oil on Resin, 24 x 15 x 8 inch
Courtesy of Jim Kempner Fine Art
“General Ragin is a man I have known for over 20 years. He works as an attendant in the parking lot I use near my home. I witnessed firsthand how the birth of his daughter instantly transformed his world. She was a gorgeous baby and lit up his life. I knew from the time she was an infant that I wanted to make a portrait of her. When she was three and a half years old, I attempted to have her pose for me however she could not sit still. At the time, she was still too young for a portrait. I watched her grow up, waiting until she was old enough to pose for me again. Finally when she turned sixteen, she came to my studio again. My sculpture “The General’s Daughter” captures that special moment when she changed from a young girl to a young adult. The experience and process of creating the artwork has resonated with Syntonia and inspired her to state, ‘I came to an understanding of who I am and that I loved artistic work’.”
- Carole A. Feuerman
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