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The Outwin 2019 American Portraiture Today

The Outwin 2019: American Portraiture Today features work by nearly 50 finalists of the Portrait Gallery's latest Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition.

In 2019, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery announced artist Hugo Crosthwaite as the first-prize winner of the fifth triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. Crosthwaite is the first Latinx artist to receive this prestigious award since the national competition was founded in 2006. His prize-winning stop-motion drawing animation, “A Portrait of Berenice Sarmiento Chávez” (2018), recounts a woman’s journey from Tijuana, Mexico, to the United States in pursuit of the American dream.

The National Portrait Gallery also announce ADÁL as the winner of “The Outwin 2019” People’s Choice Award. As part of the competition and resulting exhibition, the Portrait Gallery invites viewers to vote for their exhibition favorite. During this triennial, more than 17,000 visitors chose their favorite artwork through the exhibition’s online webpage or in-person through a kiosk (prior to the museum’s temporary closure due to COVID-19). ADÁL was voted the winner of the People’s Choice Award for his compelling photograph “Muerto Rico.” The portrait shows a masked individual submerged in water. The subject wears a black T-shirt, designed by Bold Destrou, with the message “Muerto Rico” (Dead Rico).

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