The National Portrait Gallery, which is part of the Smithsonian in Washington, D. C., has sponsored its first-ever portrait competition. Officially called the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2006, the purpose of the competition was to focus on excellence and innovation in portrait and sculpture in the United States.
If you follow the news, you may know that first prize in the competition was won by David Lenz, a painter from the Milwaukee area. Hes super-realistic approach is both awe-inspiring and evocative. His painting depicts his son Sam, as a kind of master of ceremonies, presenting the world to the viewer.
The other finalists are also gripping and affecting portraits. You can vote for the People's Choice from among these portraits.