On February 17, the Springfield Museums will welcome The Outwin 2022: American Portraiture Today – one of only four museums in the country to host this major exhibition organized by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. It will be on display until May 5, 2024.
“We are thrilled to host the latest iteration of this celebrated and important exhibition,” said Heather Haskell-Burns, Vice President at the Springfield Museums and Director of its art museums. Three years ago, the Museums hosted The Outwin 2019 — also in the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.
“Visitors will be intrigued, moved, and delighted by the varied approaches to portraiture that foreground the vibrancy and relevance being pursued by American artists today,” she added.
The Outwin 2022 is the culminating exhibition from the most recent Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, which every three years invites emerging and established artists who are living and working in the United States to submit a recent portrait to a panel of experts chosen by the Portrait Gallery.
More than 2,700 works were submitted for the 2022 competition, covering a variety of artistic approaches — painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, time-based media, textiles, and performance art. Entrants were encouraged to submit work that moved beyond traditional definitions of portraiture and engaged with the social and political landscape of our time.