Select one of the artists below to read the latest entries in his or her online journal.


Are you interested in knowing what an artist is thinking during creation? Would you read about a painter's philosophies or a sculptor's beliefs in order to better understand the resulting art?

You have that chance with Portrait of an Artist.  You'll find on the following pages an opportunity to "see" the voices of contemporary artists across the country as they maintain an online journal.  Not only are we hoping to have a window into the worlds of today's artists, but we are also allowing them a forum for them to tell us with words what they usually say with art.

Based on entries to the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2006, the Gallery has selected ten artists to be a part of this documentary project.  In addition, some of the artists who have been shortlisted for a prize have also begun to post journals.  By providing access to a group of artists who represent different stations of life, career, and geography, you can experience a variety of approaches to portraiture and artistic practice. 

We have worked hard to gather dialogue from different artists with different outlooks.  Some of the voices are pragmatic.  Some are contemplative.  A few are controversial or disaffected.  Taken as a whole, they express what it is to be a figurative artist today. 

The opinions expressed by the artists are their own and do not represent the opinions of the Smithsonian or the private sponsor of this competition.

Participation in the Portrait of an Artist campaign in no way affected or influenced the jury’s decision in selecting semifinalists, finalists, and winners in the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2006.

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