About the Competition
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The jurors will include:


Brandon Fortune

Brandon Fortune

Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.


Brandon Brame Fortune graduated from Agnes Scott College, and received an M.A. and Ph.D in Art History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has worked at the National Portrait Gallery since 1987. In 1999, she was co-curator of the exhibition Franklin & His Friends: Portraying the Man of Science in Eighteenth-Century America and co-author of the accompanying publication. She was the Portrait Gallery's coordinator for the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2006, and the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2009. She was a co-curator for the 2008 National Portrait Gallery exhibition, Recognize! Hip Hop and Contemporary Portraiture, and is the leader of the Portrait Gallery’s “Portraiture Now” team.

 



Peter Frank

Peter Frank

Curator, writer, and critic, Los Angeles, California
 
Peter Frank is art critic for the Huffington Post, Associate Editor for Fabrik magazine, and Adjunct Senior Curator at the Riverside Art Museum. He is former critic for Angeleno magazine and the L. A. Weekly and served as Editor for THEmagazine Los Angeles and Visions Art Quarterly. Frank was born in 1950 in New York, where he was art critic for The Village Voice and The SoHo Weekly News, and moved to Los Angeles in 1988. Frank contributes articles to numerous publications and has organized numerous theme and survey shows, most notably 19 Artists – Emergent Americans, the 1981 Exxon National Exhibition mounted at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. McPherson & Co. Abbeville Press released New, Used & Improved, an overview of the New York art scene co-written with Michael McKenzie, in 1987.



 


Hung Liu

Hung Liu

Artist and Professor, Mills College, Oakland, California
 
Born in Chang Chun, China, in 1948, Hung Liu is an Oakland, CA based artist. Her paintings and installations are in many private and public collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Liu is a two-time recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Painting Fellowship, a Eureka Fellowship, and a Joan Mitchell Painting Fellowship. She has exhibited widely throughout the United States and internationally. Liu is currently Professor of Studio Art at Mills College, Oakland, CA.



 


Richard J. Powell

Richard J. Powell

John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art and Art History at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.
 
Richard J. Powell has written on topics ranging from primitivism to postmodernism, including such titles as Homecoming: The Art and Life of William H. Johnson (1991) and Black Art: A Cultural History (2002). His latest book is Cutting a Figure: Fashioning Black Portraiture (2008). Powell has also helped organize numerous exhibitions, most notably: Rhapsodies in Black: Art of the Harlem Renaissance (1997); To Conserve A Legacy: American Art at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (1999); and Back to Black: Art, Cinema, and the Racial Imaginary (2005). From 2007 until 2010, Powell was Editor-in-Chief of The Art Bulletin.



 


Alec Soth

Alec Soth

Photographer, Minneapolis, Minnesota
 
Alec Soth is a photographer born and based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His photographs have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the 2004 Whitney and São Paulo Biennials. In 2008, a large survey exhibition of Soth’s work was exhibited at Jeu de Paume in Paris and Fotomuseum Winterthur in Switzerland. In 2010, the Walker Art produced a large survey exhibition of Soth’s work entitled From Here To There. Alec Soth’s first monograph, Sleeping by the Mississippi, was published by Steidl in 2004 to critical acclaim. Since then Soth has published NIAGARA (2006), Fashion Magazine (2007) Dog Days, Bogotá (2007), The Last Days of W (2008), and Broken Manual (2010). In 2008, Soth started his own publishing company, Little Brown Mushroom. Soth is represented by Sean Kelly in New York, Weinstein Gallery in Minneapolis, and is a member of Magnum Photos.



 


Wendy Wick Reaves

Wendy Wick Reaves

Interim Director, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
 
Wendy Wick Reaves, curator of prints and drawings, is Interim Director of the National Portrait Gallery. Reaves established the graphic arts department at the National Portrait Gallery in 1974. The collections she has developed include fine-art prints and drawings, rare books and illustrated journals, posters, caricatures and cartoons. Reaves is the curator of numerous exhibitions for the Portrait Gallery on subjects ranging from the 18th to the 20th century. Her books include “Reflections/Refractions: Self Portraiture in the Twentieth Century” (2009) and “Ballyhoo! Posters as Portraiture” (2008), “Eye Contact: Modern American Portrait Drawings” (2002) and “Celebrity Caricature in America” (1998). Reaves has also served as one of the curators of the ongoing “Portraiture Now” series which celebrate progressive forms of portrayal in contemporary art. She is currently working on an upcoming exhibition titled “Face Value: Portraiture in an Age of Abstraction,” which will examine mid-20th century portraiture. Reaves received a master’s degree from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture and is a member of the Print Council of America, for which she has served as a member of the board.


 


Dorothy Moss

Dorothy Moss

Assistant Curator of Painting and Sculpture, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
 
Dorothy Moss received a B.A. from Smith College and an M.A. from the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art. She has recently received a Ph.D in Art History from the University of Delaware. Moss teaches the seminar “Museums and New Technology from the 19th century to the Present” as part of the Smith College/Smithsonian program. She has served as assistant curator of American Art at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Her articles have appeared in the Burlington Magazine, American Art, click!: photography changes everything, and Gastronomica.


 







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