The Outwin: American Portraiture Today

Thursday, October 5, 2017 to Sunday, January 7, 2018
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Every three years, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery invites artists across America to investigate the art of portraiture through The Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. Established in 2006, it is the premier national competition celebrating excellence and innovation in portraiture. 

For the resulting exhibition, The Outwin: American Portraiture Today, jurors selected 43 winning works from more than 2,500 entries. The artists tackle some of the most pressing topics in the cultural and political realms, including investigations of race and gender, the fragility of childhood in our increasingly complicated world, and the psychological impact of migration. As the artists demonstrate a mastery over their chosen mediums, they express their convictions and reveal the diversity of experiences that connect us—as individuals, as communities, and as a nation. With the current presentation, the Portrait Gallery is launching the first national tour in which the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is the only Midwest venue.

A variety of thought-provoking educational programming has been designed to complement the themes in The Outwin and will be offered free of charge to learners of all ages.

For additional information about the exhibition and the competition's origins, CLICK HERE.

EXHIBITION ARTISTS: John Ahearn, Dean Allison, Wendy Arbeit, Rick Ashley, Evan Baden, Clarie Beckett, Claudia Bicen, Kelly Carmody, Marti Corn, Paul D'Amato, Ray DiCapua, Tim Doud, Maureen Drennan, Jess T. Dugan, Gaspar Enriquez, Lucy Fradkin, Jona Frank, Rigoberto A. Gonzalez, Allison Janae Hamilton, Jessica Todd Harper, Anne Harris, Clarity Haynes, Cynthia Henebry, Sedrick Huckaby, Dave Jordano, Riva Lehrer, Jarod Lew, Daniel James McInnis, Michael Meadors, Dean Mitchell, Thu Nguyen, Tim Okamura, Christine Osinski, Paul Oxborough, Louie Palu, Joel Daniel Phillips, Adrián Román ("Viajero"), Amy Sherald, Carolyn Sherer, Donita Simpson, Mike Smith, Naoko Wowsugi, Brenda Zlamany .

Visit our online calendar for a complete list of upcoming programs.

This exhibition has been organized by the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.

The competition and exhibition have been made possible by generous
support from the Virginia Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition Endowment.

Local Principal Underwriters
This exhibition is made possible with generous funding from The Richard J. Stern
Foundation for the Arts, and the William T. Kemper Foundation, Commerce Bank Trustee.

Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

Sustaining Sponsors
G. Kenneth and Ann Baum
Linda and Bill Kornitzer
Norm Fretwell and Bev Haskins

Media Sponsors
Orange Barrel Media
Missouri Life Magazine

Financial assistance was provided by generous donors and members, especially William T. Kemper Charitable Trust, UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee; Missouri Arts Council, a state agency;The Sullivan Family Foundation, Jo Ann and William Sullivan; The Family of Mary Beth Smith Docent Program; Harry Portman Charitable Trust, UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee; Arvin Gottlieb Charitable Foundation, UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee; Trudy and John Jacobson; Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation; Christy and Bill Gautreaux; Jack and Karen Holland Visiting Artist Fund; Bebe and Graham Hunt; American Century Investments; Murphy-Hoffman Company; Spencer Fane LLP; Jane Voorhees; World Wide Technology; Cerner; Francis Family Foundation; H & R Block Foundation; Miller Nichols Charitable Foundation; The Sosland Foundation; Courtney S. Turner Charitable Trust, John H. Mize, Jr. and Bank of America, N.A., Trustee; Thomas and Sally Wood Family Foundation.