Thursday, February 2, 2012
Call to Artists - Portraiture - An Exhibition of Portraits and Figures
This spring the Art League will hold its second juried portrait exhibition. "A Common Theme: Portraiture" will open May 20 and run to June 17, 2012. Taking its title from the popular "A Common Thread" of 2009, this competition will be open to figurative works in all mediums, including photography. We are happy to announce that Burton Silverman, the renowned portrait artist, will be our judge. The deadline for entries is April 2.
Burton Silverman is one of America's foremost portrait painters. Whether working in oil, watercolor or pastel, he has concentrated on, as he puts it, "the landscape of the human face". He has completed countless commissions of notable patrons and has had thirty-one solo shows in major cities across the country. His work has appeared in national and international exhibitions, including the National Portrait Gallery, the National Academy Museum, the Butler Institute of American Art, the Mexico City Museum of Art and the Royal Academy of Art in London, garnering numerous prizes along the way, among them the Ranger Purchase Award at the National Academy, twice-in 1965 and 1983.
His paintings are represented in nearly two dozen public collections, including the Brooklyn Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Denver Art Museum, the Mint Museum, the Delaware Museum, the New Britain Museum of American Art and the Smithsonian's National Museum of American Art and National Portrait Gallery, as well as private collections in both the U.S. and Europe.
The Art League is privileged to have Burton Silverman judge this show.