WMOCA International Biennial Portrait Competition 2019
Welcome to the first WMOCA International Biennial Portrait Competition, (IBPC)! We are excited to have 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.
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
Works will be on exhibit at the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art from April 9, through June 29, 2019.
No Admission Fee.
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 at the Reception for Artists April 25 from 6-8pm. Free and open to the public!
Cash Awards $4,000.00 Best of Show sponsored by WMOCA & PoetsArtists
$1,000.00 People’s Choice sponsored by Didi Menendez of PoetsArtists.
“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!
The results are in for the IBPC People’s Choice Award!!!
56 works were competing for a winner take all $1,000 cash prize sponsored by Poets Artist!
There were 6,872 Votes cast by the public for up to 3 of their favorite works.
This year’s winner, with 877 Votes,
Oil, gold leaf and silver leaf on panel
24″ x 24″
by Justyna Kisielewicz
with 854 Votes, “Eternal Bliss” by Oceana Rain Stuart
with 698 Votes, “Girl with a silver lip ring” by Nick Gebhart.
Congratulations Justyna!!!! And thank you for all the incredible artists that participated in our first year of the International Biennial Portrait Competition, (IBPC).
Thank you to Didi Menendez and Poets Artists for her generous support of this exhibit!