The Ackland Art Museum on North Carolina’s campus will host “The Outwin: American Portraiture Today” on view from the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery starting on June 1.
The selected finalists for the 2016 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition finalists included in “The Outwin: American Portraiture Today” present a turning point in the advancement of American contemporary portraiture. The first-prize winner of the 2016 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, Amy Sherald, became the first woman to win the competition for her oil on canvas titled “Miss Everything (Unsuppressed Deliverance).”
Sherald is also known for her portrait of former first lady Michelle Obama that hangs in the National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection. Sherald will be participating in a public discussion tonight (June 1) about modern portraiture in the age of the selfie and digitized personhood.
“We are thrilled to welcome ‘The Outwin’ as the Museum’s major summer exhibition,” said Katie Ziglar, director of the Ackland Art Museum, in a release. “From the breadth of artistic medium to the diverse representations of participants and their subjects, this show reflects the Ackland’s commitment to providing experiences that spark insight into ourselves, each other, and the world.”
The gallery will be displayed in the Ackland Art Museum through August 26.