WMOCA International Biennial Portrait Competition 2019

Welcome to the first  WMOCA International Biennial Portrait Competition, (IBPC)! We are excited to offer this new exhibit every two years to bring the best portrait painters and sculptors from around the world to the heart of America. Serious venues for portrait and figurative painting are few and far between in the US. We believe this exhibition, as it grows, will rival that of the Smithsonian’s Outwin Boochever,  in Washington, DC, and the BP Portrait Awards, in London, England.

This competition is open to all painters and sculptors Internationally ages 18 and over.

Accepted works will be on exhibit at the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art from April 9, through June 29, 2019.

This year’s competition was curated by David Hummer, Executive Director of WMOCA, and Margaret Bowland, Painting Instructor, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY. Margaret will make her final selections in person on April 25.

Cash Awards

$4,000.00 Best of Show sponsored by WMOCA & PoetsArtists

$1,000.00 People’s Choice sponsored by Didi Menendez of PoetsArtists. Details on how to vote for your favorite are forthcoming.

“Award of Excellence” sponsored by Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine–One Full-Page Advertisement in Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine. That’s a value of $3,995.00!!!

This Call OPENS  September 17, 2018 with a DEADLINE of February 18, 2019. CALL CLOSED

Reception for Artists April 25 from 6-8pm



  • $50 non-refundable entry fee per artist for ONE work. Make it a great one!
  • Online Submission Form
  • .jpg files of artwork (300 DPI, 5MB Max)
  • Online Submission Form REGISTRATION CLOSES 11:59 p.m. (Central Time) February 18, 2019

Call Timeline

September 17, 2018 – call opens
February 18, 2019– call closes
March 1, 2019 – notification of accepted artists
March 29, 2019  – deadline for receiving all artwork
April 9, 2019 – exhibit opens
April TBA, 2019 – Opening Reception with Margaret Bowland announcing the Awards.
June 29, 2019– Exhibition closes


Sales are encouraged with a 35% commission benefitting the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art. As a condition of entry, the artist grants WMOCA permission to reproduce entered images for publicity and education.


The competition is open to artists, 18 years or older INTERNATIONALLY. Artists working in any 2D medium are encouraged to enter, with the exception of video and computer-generated work.

Shipping – Read Carefully!

Artists are responsible for the delivery and pick-up of their work. Accepted works may be hand delivered or shipped to the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, 309 McClellan Street, Wausau, WI 54403 between March 1 and March 29, 2019. Shipped work arriving damaged will not be exhibited or repaired and will be returned to the artist. Accepted works may not be withdrawn prior to the closing of the exhibition. All work must be ready to hang, properly wired and assembled with instructions. Absolutely no packing peanuts! Boxes, crates and even small packages containing packing peanuts will be resealed, immediately returned and eliminated from the exhibition, no exceptions. Artists are responsible for round-trip shipping and insurance (during shipping) of artworks as well as any fees associated with International Shipping. All shipments must include a prepaid UPS or FED EX (absolutely no USPS stamps) return label and be shipped in a container appropriate for re-use in return shipping.

If you have questions, please email David Hummer at  david@wmoca.org or call 715-571-6551

Here’s the complete list of Accepted Artists and AWARDS in this year’s competition;

August Burns ~ Roller Derby Queen

Ali Cavanaugh ~ I will never let you go

Arina Gordienko ~ Illusion Partially Real

Alexander Hayden ~ Ch. XX Verse 284 (Disregard)

Amy Hughes ~ Grandfather Harry

Alayne Sahar ~ Gratitude

Alessandro Tomassetti ~ How soon is Now?

Amy Werntz ~ Carlyla Rosemary

Anna Youngers ~ Carnation

Barbara Hack ~ Madeline

Beth Peck ~ Nora in basement room HONORABLE MENTION

Caitlin Cheek ~ Strangers

Cecil Fish ~ Leanne

Daevid Anderson ~ The Mask

Debra Balchen ~ The Kiss

Donna Bates ~ Can’t Look Away

Shiqing Deng ~ Dilemma BEST OF SHOW

Deborah Tidwell Holtzscheiter ~ The way it is

David Kassan ~ Hanna

Dorian Vallejo ~ Clarity of thought

Daggi Wallace ~ Quiet Beauty IV

Erin Milan ~ Screen Time

Ethan Price ~ One Hundred Years

Heather Brunetti ~ Uneasy

Jan Esmann Gudenaavej ~ Barry

Jacob Hicks ~ Woman 15

JuliAnne Jonker ~ Dr. Ndely

John Kim ~ Stefano of Prato

Justyna Kisielewicz ~ Salvator Mundi

Junyi Liu ~ In dreams I open my eyes

Judith E. Peck ~ Black and White

Kurt Kreissl ~ No. 781 HONORABLE MENTION

Kara Lasiewicz ~ Alex

Kirsten Adair Westlund ~ Sunlight on a summer lake

Lucas Bononi ~ Jordán

Lorna May Wadsworth ~ William Orbit

Liana Russwurm ~ White Orchid

Mary Chiaramonte ~ Far from any road I watched you

McGarren Flack ~ Self 2018 HONORABLE MENTION

Mara Light ~ Unseen

Matt Talbert ~ Self Portrait

Nick Gebhart ~ Girl with the silver lip ring AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

Nadine Robbins ~ Serafina

Nicole Sleeth ~ Shift

Oceana Rain Stuart ~ Eternal Bliss

Olena Burykina ~ Solar Eclipse HONORABLE MENTION

Rasha Alem Gad ~ Akti 2

Ricky Mujica ~ House of the Rising Sun

Robert David Jinkins ~ The lady in green

Rachel Linnemeier ~ Sizzle

Ray Allen Parker ~ Postpunk

Teresa Brutcher ~ Tell Jr. 20 years later

Taha Clayton ~ Sage

Tanja Gant ~ Camille

Victoria Herrera ~ The winter struggle of a soul

Wonmi Seo ~ The Black Curtain: Sim-san, Joong-su