The Kemper Museum is commissioning artist Firelei Báez to create a site-specific work of art for the Museum’s atrium, a project in its second year. Báez was born in 1981 in the Dominican Republic, and lives and works in New York. Her imagery builds upon the convergence of cultural histories and examines immigration, identity, and social and historical relevance from both human and folkloric perspectives. Jared Quinton, writer and critic for Artsy, in February 2016 described Báez as “one of our most gifted and relevant young artists working today.”
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.