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 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 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 juror is Margaret Bowland, Painting Instructor, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY.

Cash Awards & Reception for the Artists TBA

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



  • $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 Accepted works may not be withdrawn prior to the closing of the exhibition.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